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.
Speakers at the Laboratory’s 50th Anniversary morning program are seated in the front row. The morning program, which was held at the Sandy Hook Chapel, consisted of talks about the Laboratory’s legacy research, collaborative work, and current and future endeavors. The speakers, from left to right are: Dr. Thomas Noji, Laboratory Director; Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of the American Littoral Society; Bruce Freeman, a former Laboratory scientist who is active within the recreational fishing community; Eric Schwaab, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries; Frank Almeida, Acting Director, Northeast Fisheries Science Center; and Dr. Beth Phelan, Chief of Behavioral Ecology Branch.
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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.