An aquarium and a coral reef are a bit like a family of four, so how do you keep them all happy?
How do you care for the fish and crabs that live in the water?
How can you keep the aquarium cool?
How can you help keep the coral reef healthy?
These are the questions posed by the National Marine Science Association and its member organizations in an annual report to Congress.
The NASAs annual report, which is due to be released in the spring, includes an answer to the questions.
It outlines what it calls the “top five marine science priorities” for the next 10 years.
According to the NASAs 2016 Annual Report to Congress, the top five priorities for the organization are: The development of oceanic research and knowledge that enhances marine life.
A better understanding of ocean health and climate change.
More accurate and reliable scientific instruments.
Strong partnerships with federal agencies and private companies.
Protecting and improving public health and welfare.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Encouraging more research into oceanic and oceanographic resources.
The NASAs 2017 Annual Report is due March 2, and its answers are listed below.
The ocean is more diverse than we realized.
The number of species found on our oceans is increasing.
The top five of the NASAS report’s five priorities are: Oceanographic research and exploration.
The oceans are not perfect.
The seas are not completely filled with everything we want them to be.
The next ten priorities include: Better understanding and understanding of the marine environment.