Redhorse was awarded a 5-year, $7.5 Million Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Ocean Service (NOS) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) to provide education and outreach support services. Redhorse will support the ONMS’s overall operational mission at various NOAA offices at which they provide education and outreach support.
Title 16 Chapter 32 of the United States Code, the National Marine Sanctuary Act (NMSA), authorizes the existence of the ONMS and describes their purposes and policies, and provides authorization for appropriations. ONMS serves as the trustee for a network of 14 marine protected areas encompassing more than 17,000 square miles of marine and Great Lake waters from Washington state to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The network includes a system of 13 national marine sanctuaries and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Important habitats like breeding and feeding grounds of whales, sea lions, sharks and sea turtles; coral reefs; kelp forests; and historic shipwrecks are represented within the system of sanctuaries.
Under this BPA, Redhorse will support ONMS in their efforts to manage sanctuaries by providing outreach and education program support; California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) and multicultural education support; volunteer program support; web, graphic design, and multi-media development and engineering support; partnership and visitor coordination support; undergraduate and graduate scholarship administration and management support; exhibit coordinator support; education strategic planning and program support; outreach services for headquarters and sites; and support to the Flower Garden Banks, Thunder Bay, and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries.