Marine Research Vessel Named After Former DEP Head

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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) dedicated a new 32-foot research vessel to former DEP Commissioner Robert C. Shinn Jr. for his decade-long commitment to the environment.

Shinn was appointed as DEP Commissioner in 1994 by then Governor Christine Todd Whitman and served in the position for eight years.

During his time, he also held several regional and national leadership roles in organizations working to reduce air pollution.

"This is a fitting tribute to a man who’s mission had long been to protect new jersey’s air, water, land and historic and natural resources," says Bob Martin, the current commissioner of the DEP. "Bob Shin’s commitment to the people in New Jersey goes back almost 50 years and spans local, county and state government."

The DEP Water Resource Management's Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring will use the $215,000 research vessel to monitor the quality and ecological health of marine waters and organisms.

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