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These maps from the Distribution Mapping and Analysis Portal show changes in black sea bass distribution from 1974 to 2019. Black sea bass expanded approximately 140 miles north over this period of time. Analysis Portal (DisMAP) draws on data from NOAA Fisheries bottom trawl surveys for the Northeast, Southeast, Gulf of Mexico, West Coast, and Alaska regions, reporting on over 800 fish and invertebrate species caught in those surveys. Visitors to the portal can track a given species to learn about changes in its distribution over time, as well as indicators such as change in latitude, depth, and range limits. “Changes in fish stocks can have significant economic and cultural impacts for communities and businesses across the US. The visualization capabilities of this new tool

boost our ability to turn the data NOAA collects into robust decision-making resources for the entire fishery management community, helping build a Climate-Ready Nation,” said NOAA administrator Rick Spinrad. ( dismap/) ... The Congressional Gold Medal was awarded on 19 May to the US merchant mariners of World War II, who played crucial roles in the nation’s war effort. Congress passed the Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act two years ago to recognize the merchant mariners for their courage

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scholarship.” The Whaling History project features three databases that have been stitched together—the American Offshore Whaling Voyage database, the American Offshore Whaling Log database, and an extensive whaling crew list database. All data is open to the public and is downloadable for any researcher to use with other tools and systems. (MSM, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT; www.mysticseaport. org; NBWM, 18 Johnny Cake Hill; New Bedford, MA; ... The amount of information available online for maritime research continues to expand; the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Heritage and Education Centre (HEC) announced in January the release of over 150 editions—from 1768 to 1919—of the Lloyd’s Register of Shipping to Google Books, with further editions to follow. The HEC has made the volumes available via Wikimedia and Internet Archive portals as well. The program’s goal is to make every edition of Lloyd’s Register to the year 2000 available across all platforms. As different volume sets were digitized at different times by different entities, the depth of accessibility varies. The Register Book for the years 1764–66, for example, can be viewed as PDFs, while the years 1930–35 are searchable by ship name, build year, and tonnage, and later Registers are searchable for any data field. The HEC online collection features ship plans, correspondence, and other documents related to ships in the Register, as well as the Center’s library catalog. The resource has its roots in Edward Lloyd’s Coffee House in London; its customers founded the Society for the Registry of Shipping in 1760 to record information on the quality of vessels for the benefit of merchants and underwriters. The Society has evolved over the years; in July 2012 Lloyd’s Register converted to Lloyd’s Register Group Limited, whose shares are owned by the registered nonprofit Lloyd’s Register Foundation. (www. ... National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, in collaboration with Rutgers University’s Global Change Ecology and Evolution Lab, has launched an interactive tool to track the location and movement of marine species in US waters. The Distribution Mapping and

World War II Merchant Mariners at the Capitol. SEA HISTORY 179, SUMMER 2022