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Cooperation between France and U.S. NOAA on Maritime Heritage (January, 2017)

On January 18-19, 2017, representatives from France and the United States (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of State, Department of Interior) held a meeting in Mount Vernon, Virginia to explore projects of joint interest on science and maritime heritage in support of the management of marine protected areas (MPAs). After two days of fruitful discussion, the participants jointly developed several action items for cooperation on science and maritime heritage under the existing Science and Technology Agreement and Memorandums of Agreement on Marine Protected Areas. A Declaration of Intent [English] [French] on cooperation on maritime heritage was also signed recognizing past cooperation on protecting maritime heritage of mutual interest such as CSS Alabama, La Belle, Le Griffon, Bonhomme Richard and Titanic.