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Southwest Regional Meeting
April 18-19, 2002
Los Angeles, CA

Below is a brief description of the sixth public meeting, the fourth in a series of nine regional meetings. The meeting agenda, including links to speakers' written statements have been posted. The speakers’ responses to follow-up questions and the meeting minutes will be posted when they become available.

Site Visits
(including links to speakers' written statements and follow-up questions)
(pdf, 212kb)

The Commission held its sixth public meeting, the Southwest Regional meeting, April 18 and 19, 2002, at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, California.

The Southwest Region meeting provided regional, state and local government agencies and non-governmental organizations the opportunity to discuss with the Commission ocean and coastal issues of interest or concern to the Southwest coast of the United States, encompassing the area from the Mexican border to Oregon. There was also specific public comment periods during the meeting. The Commission will use the information received at the meeting to help formulate its recommendations for a coordinated and comprehensive national ocean policy, as required by the Oceans Act of 2000.

Issues to be highlighted at the meeting include:

In addition to the public meetings on April 18 and 19, the Commissioners gained first hand knowledge of important regional issues through regional site visits in San Diego and Monterey on April 17.

Site Visits

San Diego, CA
Monterey, CA

(pdf, 256kb)

Meeting Location

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen White Drive
San Pedro, CA


Thursday, April 18

Morning Session
Afternoon Session

Friday, April 19

Morning Session
Afternoon Session


MORNING SESSION - 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.

10:30-11:30 a.m. - Convene Public Meeting - Commission Business

11:30-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Break

AFTERNOON SESSION - 12:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

12:30-1:20 p.m. - Official Welcome

  • The Honorable Mary Nichols (pdf, 120kb) – Secretary of Resources, State of California - California - Ocean Management: Suggested Approaches for National Ocean Governance
  • Mr. Brian Williams (pdf, 68kb) – Deputy Mayor, city of Los Angeles, Welcoming Remarks

1:20-1:40 p.m.

1:40-2:00 p.m.

2:00-3:15 p.m. - Environmental Quality and Human Health

  • Mr. Mark Gold (pdf, 64kb) – Executive Director, Heal the Bay – Impediments to Preventing Coastal Pollution
  • Dr. Allen Dearry (pdf, 612kb) – Chief, Chemical Exposures and Molecular Biology Branch, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences – Oceans and Human Health
  • Mr. D. Rick Van Schoik (pdf, 56kb) – Managing Director, Southwest Center for Environmental Research and Policy - U.S. – Mexico Border Watershed and Coastal Water Quality

3:15-3:25 p.m. - Break

3:25-4:40 p.m. - Marine Biotechnology

  • Dr. David Newman (pdf, 152kb) – Chemist, Natural Products Branch, National Cancer Institute - Biodiscovery in U.S. Waters
  • Dr. William Fenical (pdf, 3.9MB) – Director, Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Scripps Institution of Oceanography – Assessing Marine Biodiversity and the Future of Marine Pharmaceutical Discovery
  • Mr. Dominick Mendola (pdf, 128kb) - President, CalBioMarine Technologies, Inc. - Marine Biotechnology, An Industrial Perspective

4:40-4:50 p.m. - Break

4:50-6:00 p.m. - Public Comment

6:00 p.m. - Adjourn



MORNING SESSION - 8:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.

8:30-8:50 a.m.

  • Mr. Ted Danson (pdf, 100kb) – Founding President American Oceans Campaign

8:50-9:20 a.m. - Break

9:20-11:10 a.m. - Marine Protected Area Policy

11:10-12:45 p.m. - Habitat and Living Resources Panel

12:45-1:40 p.m. - Lunch Break

AFTERNOON SESSION - 1:40 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

1:40-3:00 p.m. - Public Comment

3:00 a.m.-4:05 p.m. Marine Science Facilities Panel

4:05-4:10 p.m. - Break

4:10-6:00 p.m. - Coastal and Outer Continental Shelf Management

  • Colonel Richard Thompson, USA (pdf, 1.1MB)– Los Angeles District Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – US Army Corps of Engineers and Coastal Zone Issues
  • Mrs. Sara Wan – Chair, California Coastal Commission – California Management of its Coast: Federal-State Issues
  • Ms. Ann Notthoff (pdf, 164kb) - California Advocacy Director, Natural Resources Defense Council – Key Legal and Policy Issues in the management of the Coast and the Outer Continental Shelf
  • Mr. Chris Kearney (pdf, 128kb) – Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior – The Management of the Coast: The Federal Government’s Perspective
  • Dr. Judith Kildow (pdf, 236kb) – Senior Research Scientist, The Wrigley Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Southern California – Ocean Economics: The Missing Ingredient in Coastal and Ocean Policy

6:00 p.m. - Adjourn


Commission Follow-up Questions

Based on testimony received at the meeting, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy posed specific follow-up questions to many of the presenters. The responses received by the Commission become part of the record for the meeting. The list of current responses includes only the electronic files received by the Commission. To access these documents, go to the individual’s name listed above, or use the links provided below. Please note that the current list of responses does not include responses received in hard copy by the Commission.

Responses to Follow-up Questions:


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