Test your knowledge: Alphabet soup

See if you can guess what these marine-related acronyms stand for with the clues provided.

AFS: Organization of fisheries professionals. Seattle is hosting their conference this year.
BCS: A nice and funny blogger who enjoys making marine science entertaining (and it has nothing to do with college football).
CBP: A regional partnership that has led and directed the restoration of one the most diverse estuaries since 1983.
ICCAT: An inter-governmental fishery organization responsible for the conservation of tunas (and tuna-like species) in the Atlantic Ocean and its adjacent seas.
MSP: Concept that allows multiple users of the oceans to coordinate (or plan) decisions for a sustainable future.
NEPA: Signed into law on January 1, 1970 this Act set out to “assure that all branches of government give proper consideration to the environment prior to undertaking any major federal action that could significantly affect the environment.”
NOAA: No, no, no … It’s not National Offshore Aquaculture Act of 2007 … it’s the other one. This federal agency oversees the oceans. They also oversee the atmosphere as well (i.e., hurricanes, climate, etc).
PFD: Please bring one of these for every person on your boat this summer.
SAV: Beds of this are important habitat for many species that use estuaries as nursery grounds.
VIMS: College that runs (through SeaGrant) BRIDGE (teacher-approved marine resources).

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