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Diving Program

Reciprocity

NOAA Reciprocity Diver collecting photos

A NOAA Reciprocity Diver from the University of Miami collects photos to be compiled into a photo mosaic of a reef near the Florida Keys. 

NOAA divers often work with other partners during diving missions to increase the scope and impact of their efforts.

NOAA divers may only work with partners that have “reciprocity” agreements in place with the NOAA Diving Program. Before an agency or group of individuals can become a reciprocity partner, appropriate checks must be made beforehand to make sure all reciprocity divers understand and are following the NOAA safety standards and are properly equipped. In this way, all divers dive using the same standards and procedures, and can work safely as a team.

NOAA reciprocity agreements:

  • Allow non-NOAA divers to participate in NOAA diving activities, and vice-versa, with minimal administrative requirements.
  • Are established with other organizations only after it is determined their diving programs are equivalent to NOAA’s.
  • Are only applicable to personnel employed and covered for medical treatment and Workers Compensation by reciprocity organizations.
  • Are not transferable to other agencies or institutions that have separate reciprocity agreements with NOAA’s reciprocity partners.
  • Expire on December 31 of the year in which they were established. They must be re-established annually.

Read more about establishing reciprocity agreements and administrative requirements.

Reciprocity Agreements

Result Filters

E.g., 2018-07-15
E.g., 2018-07-15
Organization
Sponsor Date Range
Certification
Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G)
Kyle Hebert
907-465-4228
Auke Bay Laboratories 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Scientific
American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS)
Marc Slattery
662-915-1053
Diving Program 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Scientific
American Samoa Department of Marine & Wildlife Resources Coral Reef Advisory Group (DMWR/CRAG)
Alice Lawrence
684-633-4456
Ecosystems and Oceanography Division 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Scientific
Bishop Museum
Richard Pyle
808-848-4115
Ecosystems and Oceanography Division 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Scientific
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
William Hoffman
703-787-1549
Thunder Bay 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Scientific
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
Daniel Herb Leedy
504-736-2776
Thunder Bay 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Scientific
California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)
David Osorio
831-649-7195
Diving Program 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Scientific
California Department of Parks & Recreation (CDPR)
Kenneth Kramer
949-922-4708
Monterey Bay 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Scientific
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality (CNMI BECQ)
John Iguel
670-664-8500
Ecosystems and Oceanography Division 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Scientific
Coral Restoration Foundation
Patti Kirk Gross
305-906-0105
Southeast Region 2018-04-19 to 2018-12-31 Scientific
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Jeff Loflin
850-245-2312
Florida Keys 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Working
Florida International University (FIU)
Roger Garcia
305-664-2916 ext. 207
Florida Keys 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Working
Guam Department of Agriculture, Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources (DAWR)
Brent Tibbatts
671-735-0289
Ecosystems and Oceanography Division 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Scientific
Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR)
Paul Murakawa
808-253-9826
Ecosystems and Oceanography Division 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Scientific
Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM)
Rebecca Ross
305-372-6857
Protected Resources 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Scientific
Moody Gardens
Jake Emmert
409-683-4104
Flower Garden Banks 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Working
United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS)
Brett Seymour
303-969-2993
Diving Program 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Working
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Alan Humphrey
609-865-4546
Diving Program 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Scientific
United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
Mitch Osborne
907-456-0209
Ecosystems and Oceanography Division 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Scientific
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Marc Blouin
734-657-0690
Thunder Bay 2018-01-01 to 2018-12-31 Scientific
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Michael Ulrich
360-902-2737
Conservation Biology 2018-01-08 to 2018-12-31 Scientific

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855-UBA-DIVE
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or (satellite phone)
206-526-6986

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