United States of America

Oceanographic sciences

The ancestor agencies of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a foundation partner of the UN Atlas of the Oceans, were established as early as 1807. Since then, the United States of America has become recognized as a world leader in the sciences of geodesy, geophysics, metrology, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, marine biology and marine ecology.

Besides the ocean science that has grown up in NOAA, there have also been humanitarian agencies concerned with the saving of life on our shores. Millions of passengers and trillions of tonnes of cargo have safely come to American shores while guided by the charts of the former Coast Survey. Millions of lives have been saved by the warnings of the Weather Bureau, now within NOAA, as a result of better forecasting. And the fight to conserve and sustain fisheries for future generations has been led by the Fish and Fisheries Commission, now NOAA Fisheries.

Based on NOAA History at http://www.history.noaa.gov/welcome.html

Fisheries country profile

FAO provides a comprehensive overview of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors for each country featured through its Fisheries and Aquaculture Country Profiles, including economic and demographic information, structure of the industry, development prospects, sector management and status and trends.

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