(Washington, D,C,THUR, AUG.02, 2013) U.S. Rep. Sam Farr (D.CA 20) and U.S. Rep. Don Young (R AK, AL) yesterday introduced a House resolution to designate the week of September 22, 2013 through September 28, 2013 as ‘National Marine Technology Week’ to recognize the important contributions marine technology has made to the United States.

The resolution coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Marine Technology Society and the OCEANS 2013 conference in San Diego. “The Marine Technology Society is an international community of ocean engineers, technologists, policy makers and educators that provides the ocean community with forums for the exchange of information and ideas through its peer reviewed MTS Journal, conferences, newsletters and Web site (www.mtsociety.org).The OCEANS’13 (MTS/IEEE San Diego)Conference will bring together this global community to meet on ocean policies and technologies.“

The use of marine technology reduces the destruction inflicted by natural disasters, protects fragile ecosystems from environmental damage caused by pollution, and fosters a better understanding of our marine world, all while providing a needed boost to local economies,” said Congress man Farr. “By designating a National Marine Technology Week, hopefully more people will become aware of how we all benefit from investments made in marine technology.”

“Alaska relies heavily on a vibrant marine technology industry, and I am proud to cosponsor this resolution designating a week in September to recognize the contributions of this vital industry,” said Congressman Young. “National Marine Technology Week will help facilitate a broader understanding of the relevance of ocean technology to wider global issues while also helping to advance the development of the tools and procedures required to explore and study our vast oceans.”

“I want to thank Congressman Sam Farr and Congressman Don Young for introducing this very special congressional resolution designating September 22, 2013 through September 28, 2013, as ‘National Marine Technology Week.’ It’s not often that an organization is so honored to have a resolution introduced in Congress by the cochairs of the distinguished House Oceans Caucus. These are two extremely well
regarded leaders in the areas of ocean policy, energy, environment and marine technology. On behalf of the many members of the Marine Technology Society, we are humbled that you would take the time to offer such a positive and commemorative resolution designating a ‘National Marine Technology Week’ on the occ
asion of our organization’s 50th anniversary. We are looking forward to another 50 years of innovations in marine technology,” remarked MTS Board Member Justin Manley.

MTS was launched in 1963 and is a scientific society of engineers, academicians, business leaders, and scientists all involved in the advancement of technologies that dovetail directly with the oceans, and especially in the areas of energy and environmental technologies. The mission of MTS is to facilitate a broader understanding of the relevance of marine technology to wider global issues by enhancing the dissemination of marine technology information. MTS also promotes and improves marine
technology and related educational programs, and advances the development of the tools and procedures required to explore, study and further the responsible and sustainable use of the oceans.

MTS has several technical groups, including areas such as Off Shore Wind, Dynamic Positioning, Energy, Environment, Marine Archaeology, Ocean Economic Potential, Ocean Exploration, Ocean Observing Systems, Ocean Pollution, Offshore Structures, Remotely Operated Vehicles, Renewable Energy, and Seafloor Engineering, that allow members to share ideas, research and innovations with other specialists.

“On behalf of the members and staff of MTS, I thank Congressman Farr and Congressman Young for their many years of distinguished service to marine technology. MTS has always had a positive and constructive relationship with our elected leaders in Washington. The many engineers, scientists, academicians and business leaders who comprise MTS have always been available to Congress to provide technical and professional guidance on matters of energy, the environment and ocean technology in a truly nonpolitical and straight forward manner. The fact that Rep. Farr and Rep. Young would honor us in this fashion, with a resolution designating a ‘National Marine Technology Week’ to coincide with our 50th anniversary, is appreciated and valued by the many members of MTS,” said MTS Executive Director Richard Lawson.

The full text of the resolution can be READ HERE

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MEDIA CONTACT: Richard Lawson, Executive Director,  MTS Society, 202-717-8705, ext.100; rich.lawson@MTSociety.orgg