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Alaska Regional Meeting

August 21-22, 2002
Anchorage, AK

Below is a brief description of the tenth public meeting, the eighth in a series of nine regional meetings. The agenda, minutes, testimony and responses to follow-up questions will be posted when they become available.

Site Visits

(including links to speakers' written statements and follow-up questions)

Minutes (pdf, 320kb)

The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy held its tenth public meeting August 21-22, 2002, in the Hotel Captain Cook’s Discovery Ballroom, 4th at K Street, Anchorage, Alaska.

At the meeting, the Commission heard presentations on coastal and ocean issues of concern to the Alaska Region. The agenda included invited speakers representing local and regional government agencies and non-governmental organizations and comments from the public.

Issues highlighted at the meeting included:

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. This meeting was the eighth in a series of nine region-specific meetings to be held by the Commission.

Site Visits

Juneau, Alaska
Dutch Harbor, Alaska

(pdf, 252kb)

Meeting Location

Hotel Captain Cook’s Discovery Ballroom
4th at K Street
Anchorage, AK

Agenda (posted August 12, 2002)

Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Thursday, August 22, 2002


12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Convene/ North Pacific Living Marine Resources – Historic Perspective

1:15 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. - Management of North Pacific Living Marine Resources I

  • Mr. Morgen Crow (pdf, 124kb) – Executive Director, Coastal Villages Region Fund - Comments, Observations and Recommendations for the Future - Western Alaska CDQ Program and U.S. Ocean Policy
  • Mr. Trevor McCabe (pdf, 76kb) – At-sea Processors Association - Rationalized Fisheries in the North Pacific: Quota-based Management Systems Are Working
  • Mr. Terry Leitzell (pdf, 144kb) - General Counsel, Icicle Seafoods, Inc. - The Federal-Public Partnership in Fisheries Management: Benefits and Failures
  • Mr. Peter Van Tuyn (pdf, 520kb) – Litigation Director, Trustees for Alaska – This Fish Smells: Justification for a New System of Management for Human Interactions with Our Seas
  • Mr. Robert Penney (pdf, 120kb) – Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Kenai River Sportfishing Association

4:00 – 4:10 p.m. - Break

4:10 – 6:00 p.m. - Management of North Pacific Living Marine Resources II

6:00 p.m. - Adjourn



8:30 – 10:30 a.m. - Arctic Issues

10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Break

10:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. - Marine Emergency Planning and Response

  • Mr. Timothy R.E. Keeney (pdf, 164kb) – Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, U.S. Department of Commerce - Marine Emergencies: Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Restoration
  • Captain Robert G. Ross, USCG (pdf, 464kb) – Chief, Office of Strategic Analysis, U.S. Coast Guard - The Coast Guard’s “Player-Coach” Role in Oil Spill Response
  • Mr. John Pennington (pdf, 68kb) - Northwest Regional Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Dr. Gary L. Thomas (pdf, 72kb) – President, Prince William Sound Science Center - An ecosystem approach to improving our understanding of anthropogenic impacts in Prince William Sound

12:20 – 1:20 p.m. Lunch Break

1:20 – 3:00 p.m. Marine Operations and Enforcement

3:00 – 3:10 p.m. - Break

3:10 – 5:10 p.m. - Public Comment

5:10 – 6:00 p.m. - Commission Business

6:00 p.m. Adjourn



At its eighth regional meeting, held August 21-22, 2002, in Anchorage, Alaska, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy announced that it was preparing to release a mid-term report that would highlight key observations from the initial six regional public meetings held by the Commission. The release date for the document, “Developing a National Ocean Policy”, was not set by the time of the meeting.
The topic areas discussed at the public meeting in Alaska included:

Following the invited and public testimony on August 22, the Commission’s Working Groups chairs reported on the half-day meeting each group held on August 21, prior to the start of the public meeting. Highlights included:

  • Research, Education and Marine Operations Working Group – Staff briefed the group on the status of the university education and facilities survey that CORE – the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education – has been contracted to conduct. It was also noted that the K-12 ocean education white paper that Science Advisory Panel member Dr. Sharon Walker is drafting will be ready for Commission review shortly. The group discussed progress being made on the facilities assessment effort, noting areas of particular importance. The majority of the meeting time was spent refining the analysis of the issues and questions listed in the “Toward a National Ocean Policy” document.

  • Stewardship Working Group – The chairman gave an overview of the August 8-9 meeting held with the working group’s Science Advisory Panel members. The discussions at that meeting focused on living marine resource issues, fishery management issues and marine protected areas. Also, the federal Marine Protected Areas Center encyclopedia of existing federal marine protected areas was distributed to the working group.

  • Governance Working Group – The working group discussion focused on coastal zone management and non-living marine resource issues. Potential frameworks for presenting draft costal zone recommendations to the Commission also were discussed.

  • Investment & Implementation Working Group – Did not meet.

In other business, the Commission approved the minutes from the Boston meeting, subject to staff technical changes. The minutes will be circulated to the presenters for their review, and should be available on the web site within a month.


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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