Remembering Former Senator
Theodore "Ted" Stevens

Former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens.

Former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens.

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The NOAA family is deeply saddened by the death of Senator Ted Stevens.

For decades Senator Stevens was a champion for the oceans. He brought to the Senate a passion for Alaska and all things affecting Alaskans — from fishing and weather to tsunamis and ocean exploration.

In recognition of his steadfast interest in ensuring the long-term sustainability of fishing, Congress named its most comprehensive and important fisheries legislation, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, after Senator Stevens and his colleague Senator Warren Magnuson.

This legislation, enacted in 1976 and reauthorized most recently in 2006, extended our nation's boundaries on the seas to the 200-mile limit and created regional councils to empower area-specific fishery management.

NWS Deputy Director Laura Furgione presents an award to Senator Stevens for his work expanding Alaska's buoy network.

NWS Deputy Director Laura Furgione presents an award to Senator Stevens for his work expanding Alaska's buoy network.

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Recognizing the Senator’s contributions, NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center in 2007 opened its new research lab in Lena Point as the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute.

Senator Stevens made a significant difference to our country’s ocean and fishing resources during his career. His vision of sustainable management shaped our nation’s marine policies and laws, and he was an energetic supporter of NOAA and its missions. Senator Stevens' achievements over a lifetime career in the U.S. Senate created a lasting legacy in ocean policy.

I thought I would share with you a comment he made in 2006 that reflects his commitment to his work:

“We have established sustainability as an essential goal for all fisheries, both in the waters off our country and around the world. Healthy fisheries are important to our nutrition, economies, and to the way of life for many people. To assure that a fisheries resource is sustainable requires a collaborative effort between policymakers, scientists, and the public.”

The value of Senator Stevens’ work continues and his legacy lives on.

Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator