National Outreach Services
The National Outreach Service Team brings together people, messages, and information so that the science and work of NOAA Fisheries Service is understood and appreciated. In addition to providing quick response to immediate situations for both internal and external audiences, the Team is at the forefront of long-range strategic communications planning. The Team provides communications advice and guidance, assistance in developing communications products and tools, and manages events and an aggressive exhibits program.
International Boston Seafood Show: March 14-16, Boston, Massachusetts. This is the largest seafood exposition in the United States. Each year, 16,000 buyers and sellers from more than 90 countries, and more than 800 exhibitors, come together in Boston to do business. This event is a cornerstone event for NOAA Fisheries Service. NOAA Fisheries Service will be on hand to answer questions regarding domestic and European Union (E.U.) regulations regarding illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing; certification of fishery product exports to the E.U.; and general trade questions.
MarineQuest 2010: Saturday, April 17, St. Petersburg, Florida. MarineQuest is the annual open house for Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. This fun, free event introduces the public to Florida's environment and current fish and wildlife research. NOAA Fisheries Service personnel from the Southeast Regional Office will be on hand to answer questions.
Marine Hotel Association Trade Show: April 25-27, Orlando, Florida. This event is one of the largest gatherings of the cruise ship industry. NOAA Fisheries Service Seafood Inspection Program will be on hand to explain their program to the industry.
European Seafood Expo: April 27-29, Brussels, Belgium. The European Seafood Expo is the largest seafood exposition in the world. NOAA Fisheries Service partners with the Seafood Inspection Program to bring Fisheries information to a world audience. Economic statistics and other information produced by Partnerships and Communications are a highlight of the NOAA Fisheries booth. One-on-one meetings with European, Asian and other world fishing representatives in support of the U.S. fishing industry utilizing our on-site European Union representative will also be conducted.
Food Marketing Institute: May 10-13, Las Vegas Nevada. This event is marketed as the industry leadership event showcasing emerging opportunities; delivering consumer insights through thought provoking research and education; and, fostering industry collaboration and community. NOAA Fisheries Service will be on hand to educate the industry about the Seafood Inspection Program and NOAA’s FishWatch tool.
Commercial Marine Expo: June 9-10, New Bedford, Massachusetts. Commercial Marine Expo is marketed as the Atlantic Seaboard's largest commercial marine trade show. NOAA Fisheries Service personnel for the Northeast Regional Office will be on hand to answer questions about the management of living marine resources.
35th Annual NOAA Fish Fry: June 9, Washington, D.C. This is the premier social event for the Agency bringing together friends and colleagues to showcase American fisheries and seafood.
All Things Organic: June 16-17, Chicago, Illinois. This event promotes organic foods and NOAA Fisheries Service will be on hand to promote domestic seafood and services of the Seafood Inspection Program.
Capitol Hill Ocean Week: June Washington, D.C. This event brings together a wide-range of stakeholders to discuss current ocean and coastal issues. Panel speakers include Members of Congress, as well as representatives of the federal and state government, industry, academia, and nonprofits. This year, the symposium will focus on the effects of climate change on the oceans. Topics include the state of the science (acidification, habitats), impacts (to natural resources, to humans), and solutions (sequestration, ocean observations, alternative/cleaner energy), as well as legislative updates.
Louisiana Foodservice Expo and Seafood Cook Off: August 7-9, New Orleans, LA. Designed as a showcase for American seafood, the New Orleans show is a national outreach event. A bonus is the exhibit opportunity at the Foodservice Expo. More than 12,000 industry people attend this unique event sponsored by the Louisiana Restaurant Association – one of the largest business organizations in the state, representing 7,000 restaurant operations and related businesses. The restaurant industry in Louisiana is the state's largest private employer with more than 120,000 employed directly and another 50,000 indirectly employed. Restaurants in Louisiana generate $4.8 billion in annual sales. NOAA Fisheries Service supports the Expo by sponsoring the annual seafood cook off—bringing attention to the benefits of eating Gulf coast seafood. This event is important given the healthy benefits of seafood in American diets.
American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting: September 12- September 16, Pittburgh, Pennsylvania. The theme of this year's annual meeting is "Merging Our Deeper Currents.”
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Life at 50, National Event and Expo: September 30 – October 2, Orlando, Florida. This is the AARPs largest event of the year. AARP members are active constituents in fisheries issues ranging from recreational fishing to the health benefits of seafood consumption. NOAA Fisheries Service will be present at the event to promote the services that we offer this active constituent group.
Pacific Marine Expo: November, Seattle, WA. Pacific Marine Expo is the largest commercial marine tradeshow on the West Coast. Serving all aspects of the market, including commercial vessels owners, commercial fishermen, boatbuilders and seafood processors, this annual event covers it all.
Business Report – An annual report published in the Spring of each year. The NOAA Fisheries Service Annual Report looks back at the previous year's major accomplishments. The report is made available to members of Congress, NOAA employees, and the public.
NOAA Outreach Unit – The NOAA Fisheries Service National Outreach Services Team has at its disposal the resources of the NOAA Outreach Unit. Within the unit are hundreds of publications, pamphlets, maps, charts, CDs, reports, and other media free to the general public. Many of these documents relate to the work of NOAA Fisheries. The Fisheries Outreach Team, when particle and appropriate, reviews and updates these materials.
Other Sources of Information Products – The various offices and operating units throughout NOAA Fisheries produces many of their own documents and products specific to their programs. The National Outreach Services Team often assists in their development and production. These publications are also available for the asking.