The Laboratory collection features images of facilities including buildings and laboratories, as well as staff at work, and images and aerial views of historic Fort Hancock, New Jersey and the Sandy Hook peninsula that forms part of the National Park Service Gateway National Recreation Area. From 1961 to 1985, the laboratory was housed in the former Ft. Hancock Army hospital, located on the bay in an area named "Officers Row." In 1985 a devasting fire destroyed that building and staff was moved to another locaton, until the construction of a new, and renovation of an older building in 1993.
A video of the speakers at the October 19, 1993 dedication of the newly constructed James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory. Jeanne M. Fox, then Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, was the first speaker at the Dedication and introduced subsequent speakers. Ms. Fox’s comments were followed by Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Congressman Frank Pallone, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Dr. Nancy Foster, and NOAA Northeast Region Science and Research Director Dr. Allen E. Peterson. The newly constructed 35,000 square foot Laboratory building, which cost approximately $19 million dollars to build, was named after the New Jersey 3rd District Representative, James J. Howard, who was a strong advocate of having the Laboratory remain in New Jersey after the original Laboratory campus was destroyed by arson in September 1985. The state-of-the art Laboratory was funded by the State of New Jersey, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and was designed to be consistent with the historic Fort Hancock district of Sandy Hook.
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