This collection consists of exhibits, digital ephemera and digital photographs taken at the 50th Anniversary of the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory's September 28, 1961 dedication. On September 20, 2011, guests that included representatives from NOAA, NMFS, and the State of New Jersey; neighboring environmental organizations and partners, such as Clean Ocean Action, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, and the American Littoral Society, which was also celebrating its own 50th Anniversary; and former staff gathered to commemorate the Laboratory's record of research and oftentimes challenging history. The event program included a morning ceremony with speakers who addressed the Laboratory past, current and future scientific research, followed by unveiling of a new National Park Service interpretive sign, tours of the Laboratory’s Research Vessel Nauvoo and both Laboratory buildings, and scientific research exhibits.
During an early morning tour of the Laboratory on the day of the 50th Anniversary commemoration, NOAA officials and Laboratory staff watch black sea bass swimming in the Laboratory’s 32,000 gallon research aquarium from the vantage point of the aquarium platform. Standing on the platform, from left, are Frank Almeida, Acting Director of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center; Steven K. Brown, Chief of the Assessment and Monitoring Division of the NMFS Office of Science and Technology; Dr. Beth Phelan, Chief of the Laboratory’s Behavioral Ecology Branch; Eric Schwaab, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries; and Dr. Christopher Chambers, a Coastal Ecology Branch Research Fishery Biologist. The sound-proof room in which the two-story aquarium was built is illuminated by 1,500 fluorescent lights that can be adjusted to mimic any gradation of light that exists in nature. More information can be found about the Laboratory’s large research aquarium and exceptional seawater system on the Laboratory’s website: http://sh.nefsc.noaa.gov/tank1.htm
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The items in this collection consist of exhibits, digital ephemera and a selection of photographs taken by three NEFSC staff members at the Laboratory’s 50th Anniversary commemoration. The photographers provided Lionel A. Walford Library with copies of their photographs of the event, and the Library is maintaining the images, as well as other related 50th Anniversary files, on a server to ensure their long-term availability.