CaRA representatives from the University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez) leaving the lab in La Parguera -- from left, Jorge Corredor, Julio Morell and Miguel Canals.
On March 21, the Caribbean Regional Association for Coastal Ocean Observing (CaRA), held its annual General Assembly meeting in La Parguera, Puerto Rico. Over 100 attendees traveled to La Parguera from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Opening remarks included Capt. Drew Pearson of U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan; the Honorable Barbara Peterson, Administrator of St. Thomas, USVI; Ernesto Diaz, Director of the Puerto Rico Coastal Zone Management Program; and distinguished University of Puerto Rico representatives. Participants represented federal and local governments, industry, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders. During the meeting, CaRA had active displays of their newly updated website, highlighting improved access to wind, wave and current data as well as a range of other CaRA products. Gabrielle Canonico represented the U.S. IOOS program office.
From Left to Right:
Gary Votaw (NOAA-NWS) and Julio Morell (CaRA) announce the anticipated signing of the CaRA-NWS WFO Puerto Rico MOU.
U.S. Coast Guard Captain Drew Pearson (Sector San Juan) offered opening remarks.
Gabrielle Canonico (NOAA-IOOS) provided an update on national U.S. IOOS program activities.