Science Notes March 2017 Giant squids

The BOEM-Smithsonian partnership advances cutting-edge science on ocean organisms, their DNA, and their environment. A recent visit to the Museum Support Center provided a behind-the-scenes look at BOEM’s historical collection amassed over 38 years as well as recent endeavors to generate DNA barcodes from specimens stored in ethanol for years.​

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Offshore Rig

Lease Sale 247 in the Gulf of Mexico garnered $274,797,434 in high bids for 163 tracts covering 913,542 acres in the Central Planning Area of the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

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turbine

On March 16, 2017, Secretary Zinke and BOEM Acting Director Cruickshank announced the completion of the nation’s seventh competitive lease sale for renewable wind energy in federal waters.

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Sale-249 T

Secretary Zinke announced that the Department will offer 73 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development.

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