Rising Tide Newsletter | July, 2021

Welcome to our inaugural quarterly newsletter from ESP Advisors, summarizing recent news in ocean and environmental policy broadly as well as updates from our clients and team members. In the last three months, much of the country has started to reopen as the Biden Administration picked up speed. Dr. Rick Spinrad was nominated, confirmed by the Senate, and sworn in to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Janet Coit was tapped to lead NOAA Fisheries and is the acting #2 at the agency. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has been rolling out their offshore wind development strategy at breakneck speed, and, of course, the President submitted his budget proposal to Congress, which included big increases for many science and natural resource management agencies. Our clients and partners have also been growing their engagement in big and exciting ways, and we are proud to partner with them on Congressional events, legislative efforts, and public relations. Thank you for your support, and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve over the next few months. All the best, Emily Patrolia

Dr. Rick Spinrad was sworn in as NOAA Administrator on June 22, and Janet Coit was named as NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator. NOAA released its Fiscal Year 2022 budget request and Blue Book. The agency asked for $7 billion, an increase of $1.5 billion over FY21.