Registration is now open for Renewable Natural Resources Foundation’s Congress on Ocean Policy on December 6, 2018 at the National Union Building in Washington, DC. Delegate invitations are being extended to representatives of state, federal and international agencies, professional and scientific NGOs, the private sector, academia, and congressional offices and committees.
Oceans are being affected by the chemical and physical impacts of climate change, unsustainable pressures on sealife populations, unprecedented destruction of marine habitats, and life-threatening pollution from land- and sea-based activities (nutrients, agricultural chemicals, plastics and petroleum, among others). These increasing pressures are disrupting ocean health, productivity, and resilience.
Speakers for the 2018 Congress on Ocean Policy are a diverse group of scientists, managers, and professionals who understand the challenges of current ocean management. They will present policy tools and strategies to foster the sustainability of our oceans.
RDML Timothy Gallaudet (invited), Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere at NOAA, will provide insight into the adverse impacts of climate change and how the intensified exploitation of ocean resources amplifies the need for all nations to embrace the international governance framework of the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention.
Scott Doney, Joe D. and Helen J. Kington Professor in Environmental Change at the University of Virginia will discuss the impacts of ocean acidification and rising temperatures on the health and function of marine life and ecosystems.
Donald Boesch, Professor of Marine Science and former president (1990 to 2017) at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science will provide an overview of collaborative policies and programs to reduce ocean-damaging land-based pollution.
Jason Gedamke, director of the Ocean Acoustics Program at NOAA Fisheries Office of Science & Technology, will cover the vulnerability of marine mammals to ocean development, commercial shipping and fishing, naval exercises, and acoustic disturbances.
Betsy Nicholson, North Regional Director at NOAA Office for Coastal Management, will explain how local, state, and federal entities can more effectively manage marine resources by collaboration through use of regional ocean plans.
Stephanie McClellan, director of the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind at University of Delaware, will discuss offshore wind energy development impacts and environmental considerations.
Tommy Beaudreau, first director of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (2011-2014), will provide insight to offshore petroleum exploration and exploitation impacts.
Cindy Van Dover will close the congress with a discussion on potential deep-sea mineral exploration and exploitation impacts.
See the full program here.