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What is marine debris?

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Our oceans are filled with items that do not belong there. Huge amounts of consumer plastics, metals, rubber, paper, textiles, derelict fishing gear, vessels, and other lost or discarded items enter the marine environment every day, making marine debris one of the most widespread pollution problems facing the world's oceans and waterways.

Marine debris is defined as any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes. Learn more about marine debris and find out how to prevent it.

NOAA divers from the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center diving unit have been working since 1996 to remove marine debris, specifically derelict fishing gear, from the Hawaiian Archipelago. Every year they set out on the NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai to survey vast swaths of coast line and coral habitat to collect tons of the derelict fishing gear. Read more about why this is important and what they have collected so far on the NOAA Fisheries website.

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What are Dive Orders?

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In order for a NOAA Corps Officer to become authorized to dive, the officer must first receive Officer Diving Authorization or "Dive Orders." The authorization is official when the NOAA Form 56-30 Officer Diving Authorization Request is completed and signed by the officer, the officer's supervisor, and the Diving Program Manager. An Officer Diving Authorization Request form must be completed at the beginning of each fiscal year (October 1) or whenever the officer is assigned to a new diving unit. 

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What do I do if I am assigned to a new diving unit?

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Every NOAA Diver must inform the NOAA Diving Program of a change in duty station as soon as it occurs. Divers should complete the NOAA Form 57-03-04 Diving Unit Change to update the unit contact information. This allows the Diving Program to change the information in the Diver Management System (DMS) and to charge equipment fees to the correct unit.

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How do I log into the NOAA Dive Log (NDL)?

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In order to use the NDL, you need to be a NOAA Diver in active or suspended status. Inactive divers (former NOAA Divers) will not be able to log in. 

To access the NDL webpage first go to the NDL Portal, then log in using your user name and password. 

The new NDL site can be accessed using any internet browser. If you need assistance logging into the NDL please contact support.ndc@noaa.gov or call (206) 526-6196.

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When should NOAA Corps Officers log a dive to receive dive pay?

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Dives should be logged by the 10th of the following month.  For example, to get dive pay for November, you must log your November dive by December 10th.

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Where can I find information on dive pay?

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Contractors can find out about dive pay from their employers.

Dive pay for federal employees is explained in NOAA's Administrative Order (NAO) 202-532A.

NOAA Corps Officers can find information in the NOAA Corps Directives

 

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What is an OSHA-subject Dive? What is an OSHA-exempt Dive?

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Any dive that you are doing as part of your job must follow OSHA regulations. However, if the dive is conducted for the advancement of science it may fall under the Scientific Exemption. To find out if a dive qualifies for a scientific exemption, you must review the criteria set forth by OSHA and answer a set of basic questions. You can find this information and more in the Diving Program regulations page.

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When is my Annual Medical History due?

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The Annual Medical History (otherwise known as NF 57-03-54 Report of Medical History - Annual Update) is due once a year on the same month that your last physical was conducted, regardless of when it was submitted to the Diving Program.  Please note that your birth month is also not relevant to the due date. The key here is that your annual history should be completed and submitted annually on the same month that your physician performed your last physical.

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I just submitted my Annual Medical History 3 months ago and now I am getting messages that it is past due.  Why?

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The Dive Management System (DMS) is programmed to prevent long gaps between Annual Medical History (or NF 57-03-54 Report of Medical History - Annual Update) submissions, so if you submit a report too early it will want another one in the month it was actually due. It is best to wait until the month it is due to submit the report, otherwise you will have to complete another form. 

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What is the purpose of the Annual Medical History form?

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The Annual Medical History form, or NF 57-03-54 Report of Medical History - Annual Update, is used to report changes in your medical condition within the past year. If you have reported a medical condition in the past that has not changed, you do not need to describe it in detail again.

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