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The Fall 2020 Bottomfish Fishery-Independent Survey in Hawaii (BFISH) has come to a successful completion.  This collabo...
11/19/2020

The Fall 2020 Bottomfish Fishery-Independent Survey in Hawaii (BFISH) has come to a successful completion. This collaboration between NOAA’ Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, the Pacific Islands Fisheries Group cooperative, and Lynker, spanned the course of 37 sampling days, conducting research fishing and camera deployment operations at 501 independent sampling stations around all eight of the main Hawaiian islands. Tremendous effort by all team members, especially given the COVID restrictions.

Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris Project (PMDP)'s Lynker staff, in partnership with USFWS, removed 82,000 pounds of hurri...
11/17/2020

Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris Project (PMDP)'s Lynker staff, in partnership with USFWS, removed 82,000 pounds of hurricane debris from Lalo (the French Frigate Shoal), a remote atoll within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, that provides essential habitat for nesting seabirds, threatened green sea turtles, and endangered Hawaiian monk seals. For 16 days they collected derelict fishing nets, plastics and hurricane debris including lumber, roofing, steel cable, scrap metal, boat hulls, tires, and fiberglass. Go Team! https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/11/13/breaking-news/more-than-82000-pounds-of-trash-removed-from-papahanaumokuakea-marine-national-monument/

Did you know one-use water bottles flood America’s waterways and landfills at a rate of 60 million per day? November 15t...
11/13/2020
America Recycles Day - Keep America Beautiful

Did you know one-use water bottles flood America’s waterways and landfills at a rate of 60 million per day? November 15th is America Recycles Day, when Keep America Beautiful urges people to pledge to reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle in every aspect of their life. Be part of the recycling solution and help teach others the benefits of recycling and continue to do so each day! #AmericaRecyclesDay https://kab.org/programs/ard/

SAVE THE DATE! NOVEMBER 15, 2020 ONE DAY to educate.ONE DAY to motivate.ONE DAY to make recycling bigger & better. About America Recycles Day The Keep America Beautiful America Recycles Day is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United State...

11/06/2020
Lynker and MKF received grant from Hawaii County CARES Act

Lynker and the Malama Kai Foundation received a grant from the County of Hawaii, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to fund youth scholarships in partnership with Jack's Diving Locker and The Nakoa Foundation. Jack's Diving Locker is providing an award winning line-up of snorkel and scuba camps for kids ages 6-18 and The Nakoa Foundation offers day-camps based on sailing, and Hawaiian culture and language focusing on social tolerance and environmental responsibility through the perpetuation of cultural traditions and practices aboard traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoes. To learn more about Malama Kai Foundation. https://www.malamakaifoundation.org/

11/05/2020
Lynker secures funding for COVID 19 Community Assistance on Hawaii Island

Lynker is pleased to have received an award from Hawaii County’s CARES Act to support families and children in need due to the COVID19 pandemic. Our Sustainable Pacific Program is working with three incredible non-profits, Montessori Education Center of Hawaii, Kama‘aina Kids, and Friends of the Future, for this effort. Sarah Pautzke, Lynker’s local project coordinator, said “We are so thankful to Hawaii County for supporting these efforts and we at Lynker are honored to provide project management and coordination support!” https://www.lynker.com/lynker-secures-funding-for-covid-19-community-assistance-on-hawaii-island/

Lynker has piloted a program to donate the fillets from bottomfish bio-samples, which are normally discarded, to help fe...
10/30/2020

Lynker has piloted a program to donate the fillets from bottomfish bio-samples, which are normally discarded, to help feed the local community. This has become a case study in ‘ohana’ as this bottomfish donation of delicious fish (opakapaka, ehu, kalekale and hapu’upu’u fillets) is donated to at-risk seniors and other groups. Read more about this great story of community connectedness in the Islands and how we really are “all in this together”.
https://www.lynker.com/lynker-project-now-also-benefits-at-risk-community/

Lynker’s Founder & CEO, Joe Linza, was invited by Loudoun County Economic Development to be part of their promotional vi...
10/26/2020

Lynker’s Founder & CEO, Joe Linza, was invited by Loudoun County Economic Development to be part of their promotional video shoot for Loudoun 2020 Inc. 5000 business awardees to highlight the success and growth happening right here in Loudoun. The video, due out early next year, will spotlight Lynker’s work, along with other awardees, and how we’ve benefited as Inc. 5000 recipients.
https://www.lynker.com/ceo-joe-linza-invited-as-speaker-for-loudoun-video-shoot/

Lynker is proud to announce the recent publication of “Signatures of Hydrologic Function Across the Critical Zone Observ...
10/23/2020

Lynker is proud to announce the recent publication of “Signatures of Hydrologic Function Across the Critical Zone Observatory Network”, written by our Water Resources Scientist, Dr. Adam Wlostowki and his outstanding team of coauthors. This study characterizes hydrologic dynamics of fifteen catchments of the US Critical Zone Observatory Network where it’s hypothesized that our understanding of subsurface structure would illuminate patterns of hydrologic partitioning. For the link to the early view of the manuscript in the Water Resources Research Journal, click here:

https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019WR026635
https://www.lynker.com/hydrologic-manuscript-published-and-available/

Lynker ranks #33!  The Washington Business Journal announced rankings of the 75 Fastest Growing Companies in Greater Was...
10/22/2020

Lynker ranks #33! The Washington Business Journal announced rankings of the 75 Fastest Growing Companies in Greater Washington for 2020. Congrats to our team and all the awardees! #WBJFASTEST
https://www.lynker.com/lynker-ranks-33/

#WorldFishMigrationDay is a one-day global celebration to create worldwide awareness of the importance of freshwater mig...
10/21/2020

#WorldFishMigrationDay is a one-day global celebration to create worldwide awareness of the importance of freshwater migratory fish and free-flowing rivers. The day will start in New Zealand and follow the sun around the world, ending in Hawaii, with Lynker offices at the start and finish and many places in between! Join international leaders and river-advocates throughout this week to raise awareness, share ideas, and celebrate fish, friends, and free-flowing rivers. See links below for events starting 10/22:
https://www.worldfishmigrationday.com/
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/event/world-fish-migration-day-rivers-full-fish-webinar
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rivers-full-of-fish-webinar-tickets-123265683979

November is Return of the Humpback Whale Month with a series of great events hosted by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Wha...
10/19/2020

November is Return of the Humpback Whale Month with a series of great events hosted by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Lynker is looking forward to participating as a presenter! Learn about the mystery of the Humpback Whale song, learn what has happened at Hanauma Bay without direct human impact, participate in the ocean users workshop... For all events, click herehttps://nmshawaiihumpbackwhale.blob.core.windows.net/hawaiihumpbackwhale-prod/media/docs/2020-ho-i-kohola-events-flyer.pdf

Lynker and our partner the Pacific Islands Fisheries Group, a Hawaiian non-profit fishery cooperative, are collaborating...
10/16/2020

Lynker and our partner the Pacific Islands Fisheries Group, a Hawaiian non-profit fishery cooperative, are collaborating with NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center to complete this season's bottomfish sampling around the Hawaiian Islands to determine the health and sustainability of this fishery on which the local economy depends. Our team also assisted in deploying its Modular Optical Underwater Survey System to capture imagery beneath the water's surface. Kudos to the team for a highly successful sampling effort!

Don’t miss the TEDx 2020 Climate Countdown this Saturday, 10/10, at 10AM MDT, for an exceptional line-up of inspiring sp...
10/09/2020

Don’t miss the TEDx 2020 Climate Countdown this Saturday, 10/10, at 10AM MDT, for an exceptional line-up of inspiring speakers including Lynker’s Water Resources Scientist, Ryan Spies, speaking about “The cost of climate-inaction”, at 2:30PM MDT. TED Countdown is a worldwide movement to find ways to shift, more rapidly, to a world with net zero greenhouse emissions and tackle the climate crisis. Click here for live stream tickets. https://checkout.square.site/buy/FW3REC4ZHCNZC7ZCBKSVKKFY
#TED #TEDCountdown #TEDxCCCountdown

The Lynker team received kudos for their assistance in the removal of a grounded weather buoy on Lisianski Island in the...
10/06/2020

The Lynker team received kudos for their assistance in the removal of a grounded weather buoy on Lisianski Island in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. This was a 2-year process of meeting with State and Federal partners on regulatory processes, permits, logistics, and environmental compliance. Through a government shutdown and a global pandemic, mission accomplished!

In the water, just like on land, #COVID19 shut down operations for NOAA divers. Getting back in the water required enhan...
10/05/2020

In the water, just like on land, #COVID19 shut down operations for NOAA divers. Getting back in the water required enhanced safety protocols and reauthorization after the extended no-dive period. Our Chesapeake and Gulf Coast Teams of Lynker staff supporting NOAA CO-OPS were two of the first in all of NOAA to be reauthorized and just in time! #HurricaneLaura hit and needed diver response. Great job, team!

Photo credits: Chris Metzger (Federal Team Lead) and LTJG Josh Fredrick (Chesapeake Unit Dive Supervisor)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s marking 50 years this week! Did you know that NOAA issues 1.5 M...
10/02/2020

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s marking 50 years this week! Did you know that NOAA issues 1.5 MILLION #weather forecasts each year? https://www.noaa.gov/50-years #50YearsOfNOAA #NOAAat50 U.S. National Weather Service (NWS)

Our employees are at it again! This time, a station in Cherry Point, WA had a corroded chain that risked the loss of a c...
09/21/2020

Our employees are at it again! This time, a station in Cherry Point, WA had a corroded chain that risked the loss of a current sensor. Our staff, including Caiti Guerin, performed emergency maintenance to replace the chain, clean the sensor of biofouling, assess everything for further corrosion, and get it back up and running for our NOAA CO-OPS client. This meter is crucial to help ship captains of large vessels dock safely.

The Lynker-supported FACE:Hazards tool is a featured story in The Colorado Sun this week. Lynker worked with DHSEM, CWCB...
09/18/2020
A Colorado dashboard seeks to put a price on future wildfires, other natural disasters amid a warming climate

The Lynker-supported FACE:Hazards tool is a featured story in The Colorado Sun this week. Lynker worked with DHSEM, CWCB, and FEMA to produce this innovative resource, which puts a price on future Colorado wildfires and other natural hazards as well as the growing cost of inaction. See the full article here: https://coloradosun.com/2020/09/15/face-hazards-price-wildfires-natural-disasters/

FACE:Hazards offers a look into how much Colorado might have to fork out to respond to future natural hazards, and how communities could work now to avoid going broke later

Lynker is a proud corporate sponsor of  Seattle-based Long Live The Kings (LLTK), and several Lynkerites attended their ...
09/11/2020

Lynker is a proud corporate sponsor of Seattle-based Long Live The Kings (LLTK), and several Lynkerites attended their virtual Autumn Gala last night. Lynker's mission is to support global environmental sustainability and economic prosperity as a trusted partner to governments, communities, and industry. So we are happy to support LLTK and their efforts to restore wild salmon and steelhead to support sustainable fishing. They are implementing solutions to rebuild salmon and steelhead populations in Hood Canal and Puget Sound, advancing science and retooling fisheries management throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Alaska's Koktuli River watershed, potential home of the future open-pit Pebble Mine, is also home to a distinctive river...
09/08/2020
A Rare Salmon Type Is in the Crosshairs of Alaska’s Proposed Pebble Mine | Hakai Magazine

Alaska's Koktuli River watershed, potential home of the future open-pit Pebble Mine, is also home to a distinctive river-type sockeye. See full article in Hakai Magazine below.
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/a-rare-salmon-type-is-in-the-crosshairs-of-alaskas-proposed-pebble-mine/

The Koktuli River watershed, potential home of the future open-pit mine, is also home to a distinctive river-type sockeye.

Lynker's Sustainable Pacific Program has been working with Hawaii Wai Ola, a new coalition of partners with a mission to...
09/02/2020

Lynker's Sustainable Pacific Program has been working with Hawaii Wai Ola, a new coalition of partners with a mission to improve Hawaii Island’s coastal water quality through science and collaboration. “We are training citizens in scientific methods to help collect data that can be used seamlessly with state sampling,” says Erica Perez, Program Manager for The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) and Hawaii Wai Ola’s lead organizer. Volunteers are trained to fill the large data gaps in sampling coastal waters for health parameters. To learn more, visit https://www.hawaiiwaiola.com/

From left in photo: Kathleen Clark, Kona regional coordinator; Erica Perez, Project Manager; Leslie Young, Hilo regional coordinator; and Corbin Young, Hilo assistant.

08/31/2020
Lynker's Field Operations Staff Working on Chesapeake Bay Bridge

In the past couple of weeks, Lynker's CO-OPS Field Operations staff, Trent Savage , Kris Kirby, Lacey Barwick, Jack Marshall, Clifton Huff, and Bret Hegler, have gone on trips to Mobile, AL for visibility installation, Wilmington, NC for emergency maintenance on our stations, Shell Beach, LA for emergency maintenance, and Annapolis, MD for bridge clearance work (as an appreciative captain waves from the passing ship below). Great work team!
Video credit: Endicott Parks

The Fall 2020 Bottomfish Fishery-Independent Survey in Hawaii is earning praise and serves as a model for successful ope...
08/25/2020

The Fall 2020 Bottomfish Fishery-Independent Survey in Hawaii is earning praise and serves as a model for successful operations during these challenging times. This effort has been led by a collaboration between NOAA' Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, the Pacific Islands Fisheries Group cooperative, and Lynker. Lynker's Project Manager, Forest O'Neill, has led our company's collaboration with PIFSC, PiFG, and the outstanding vessel crews and observers in our collective efforts to complete this year's survey in and around the main Hawaiian islands.

Pictured is Capt. Mike Abe and crew member Riki Hun of F/V Ao Shibi IV with the day’s biosamples, four opakapaka, a lehi, and a hapuupuu. (Photo by Lynker/PIFG observer Gary Shirakata). https://www.lynker.com/fall-2020-bottomfish-fishery-independent-survey-in-hawaii-winning-praise/

Humpback whale disentangled off New York thanks to an incredible team effort that Lynker was proud to be a part of.  See...
08/21/2020

Humpback whale disentangled off New York thanks to an incredible team effort that Lynker was proud to be a part of. See the full story here http://ow.ly/7eNw50B5KTq

Lynker’s PIRO Illustrator, Rachel Strader, developed this innovative scientific illustration, as shown on NOAA Fisheries...
08/19/2020

Lynker’s PIRO Illustrator, Rachel Strader, developed this innovative scientific illustration, as shown on NOAA Fisheries' website, depicting the Uku lifecycle and the importance of conserving each habitat critical to a fish’s life in Hawaii. http://ow.ly/JRwz50B3BgN

Looking for fun this weekend? Experience NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary System from wherever you are.  Take an ocean s...
07/29/2020

Looking for fun this weekend? Experience NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary System from wherever you are. Take an ocean safari, dive through shipwrecks, learn to cook sustainably from a professional chef…there’s something for everyone! Get Into Your Sanctuary from July 31 – August 2. http://ow.ly/2YTu50ALy07

Lynker wins NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) contract! We are thrilled to support the NEFSC Fisheries Mon...
07/18/2020

Lynker wins NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) contract! We are thrilled to support the NEFSC Fisheries Monitoring and Research Division including the Fisheries Sampling Branch’s Northeast Fisheries Observer Program! Our focus will include the collection, processing, and management of fishery data, at-sea observer and monitoring operations, training and certification, and advancement of new technologies to support these activities. https://www.lynker.com/lynker-wins-noaa-nefsc-contract/

Lynker is thrilled to receive an award to continue supporting NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS).  MB...
07/18/2020

Lynker is thrilled to receive an award to continue supporting NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). MBNMS is a federally protected marine area offshore of California’s central coast and it’s one of our nation’s largest marine sanctuaries. We are honored to continue supporting and protecting this underwater treasure! https://www.lynker.com/lynker-wins-award-to-continue-supporting-noaas-mbnms/

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07/03/2020

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Lynker won the Greater Atlantic Fisheries Regional Office (GARFO) IT Support contract!  We are excited to continue our s...
07/02/2020

Lynker won the Greater Atlantic Fisheries Regional Office (GARFO) IT Support contract! We are excited to continue our support for GARFO’s Technology and Data Management (TDM) division, which provides technical support for approximately 250 internal and external customers. Our data management, web development, mobile application development, and help desk staff support all GARFO's sites on the Eastern Seaboard, Maine to North Carolina, and external customers in the fishing management and fishing communities.

Congrats to the @NOAA Digital Coast, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Lynker team for putting out new economic statistic...
06/29/2020

Congrats to the @NOAA Digital Coast, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Lynker team for putting out new economic statistics measuring the marine economy! This analysis found out that the marine economy grew faster than the U.S. economy as a whole from 2017-2018 (growing by 5.8% compared to 5.4% U.S. GDP growth). Great job team! http://ow.ly/iCQz50AkFY8

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Joe and I at Dole Cannery for the Fisheries Forum! Representing the Pacific Island Region Observer Program and of course Lynker Technologies LLC 😊👍
Joe and I at Dole Cannery for the Fisheries Forum, representing the Pacific Island Region Observer Program.