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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Declares Fishery Disaster in Florida following Hurricane Michael

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Today, in response to a request from Governor Rick Scott on October 23, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that a commercial fishery failure occurred in Florida as a result of Hurricane Michael, which struck the panhandle with devastating force on October 10. “The Department of Commerce stands ready to support communities across Florida in their hour of need,” said Secretary of Commerce...

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the South Carolina International Trade Conference, South Carolina Port Authority

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Thank you very much for that kind introduction. And thank you, all of you, for your hospitality. And thank you to your state for its continued engagement with the Commerce Department’s SelectUSA Investment Summit. By attracting foreign companies, South Carolina helps supply chains and creates U.S. jobs far beyond your local communities. Your state is a leader in advanced manufacturing. You’ve done...

Op-Ed: Commerce Department, NOAA Provide Essential Services When Disaster Strikes

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Charleston knows all too well the hazards that hurricanes can pose to life, property and commerce. But the place that three-quarters of a million people call home, and the site of the fourth-largest port on the East Coast, does not face this threat alone. The Department of Commerce and our National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stand ready before, during and after any storm to help the...

Spotlight on Commerce: Ana Valentin, Acting Chief, Enterprise Service Branch, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions and accomplishments of Department of Commerce employees in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15—October 15). Guest blog post by Ana Valentin, Acting Chief, Enterprise Service Branch, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ¡Bienvenidos! Celebremos el mes de la Herencia...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Declares Commercial Fishery Disasters for West Coast Salmon and Sardines

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Today, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that commercial fishery failures occurred between 2015 and 2017 for salmon fisheries in Washington, Oregon, and California, in addition to the sardine fishery in California. “The Department of Commerce and NOAA stand ready to assist fishing towns and cities along the West Coast as they recover,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “After years...

Remarks by Secretary Wilbur L. Ross on Capitol Hill for the Release of the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account Data

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Thank you Tom for that kind introduction. I cannot tell you how pleased I am to be here to discuss the performance of this exciting and growing sector of our economy, and the positive impact it has on many millions of Americans. Thanks to Senator Daines and Senator Donnelly for their leadership in drafting and passing the “Rec Act,” creating the data series we are releasing today describing the...

NOAA Forecasters Lower Atlantic Hurricane Season Prediction. Urge Continued Preparedness and Vigilance

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The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Conditions in the ocean and the atmosphere are conspiring to produce a less active Atlantic hurricane season than initially predicted in May, though NOAA and FEMA are raising caution as the season enters its peak months. “There are still more storms to come – the hurricane season is far from being over....

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Issues Directive for National Marine Fisheries Service to Facilitate Water Access in California Wildfire Relief Efforts

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Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross As Secretary of Commerce, today I directed the National Marine Fisheries Service to facilitate access to the water needed to fight the ongoing wildfires affecting the State of California. One of the fires, the Mendocino Complex Fire, has developed into the largest in the state’s history, consuming nearly 300,000 acres in Northern California....

Scientists Complete Mission to Map Fast-Moving Fault off Alaska: Data to Help Coastal Communities Prepare for Risks from Earthquakes and Tsunamis

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The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Researchers from NOAA, U.S. Geological Survey and their partners have completed the first high-resolution, comprehensive mapping of one of the fastest moving underwater tectonic faults in the world, located in southeastern Alaska. This information will help communities in coastal Alaska and Canada better...

Op-Ed: Commerce Department Helps Americans Prepare, Recover from Storms

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With the start of the 2018 hurricane season, timely and reliable information is critical to guide effective operations for emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Agencies across the U.S. Department of Commerce, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Census Bureau, the Economic Development Administration, the National Telecommunications and Information...