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Northwest Regional Meeting
June 13-14, 2002
Seattle, WA

Below is a brief description of the eighth public meeting, the sixth 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)

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The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy held its Northwest Regional Meeting June 13-14, 2002, in the Commission Chambers at the Port of Seattle building, first floor, Pier 69, 2711 Alaskan Way, Seattle, Washington.
The Northwest Regional 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 Pacific Northwest. The agenda included invited speakers representing local and regional government agencies and non-governmental organizations, comments from the public and required administrative discussions and executive sessions.

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

Site Visits

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Olympia, Washington
City of Portland, Oregon
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Environmental Lab and the National Marine Fisheries Service Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, Washington

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Meeting Location

Commission Chambers
Port of Seattle, Pier 69
2711 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA

(updated June 24, 2002)

Thursday, June 13

Friday, June 14


12:30 – 1:30 p.m. - Convene Public Meeting - Official Welcome

1:30 – 1:50 p.m.

  • Dr. Sylvia Earle (pdf, 108kb) – Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society and Founder, Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc.

1:50 - 2:10 p.m.

2:10 – 2:30 p.m. – Break

2:30 – 4:35 p.m. - Living Resource Management in the Pacific Northwest

4:35 – 4:45 p.m. – Break

4:45 – 6:00 p.m.Aquaculture

6:00 p.m. – Adjourn



8:30 – 9:45 a.m. - Ocean Science, Exploration and Education

9:45 – 9:55 a.m. - Break

9:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Ocean Governance, Coastal Zone Management and Resource Coordination: Multiple Perspectives

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. - Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:40 p.m. - Science and Policy Interface in Fisheries Management

2:40 – 2:50 p.m. - Break

2:50 – 5:00 p.m. - Public Comment

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

6:00 p.m. – Adjourn



At its sixth regional meeting in Seattle, Washington, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy announced its list of nine ocean policy topic areas it will focus on and outlined the fundamental issues that will accompany each topic. This issues document, which will be submitted to the Commission's Science Advisory Panel for review, potentially will be used to define the work of the Commission as it develops recommendations for a new national ocean policy.

Topic areas presented at the meeting included:

  • Living marine resources
  • Pollution and water quality
  • Governance
  • Coastal zone management
  • Non-living marine resources
  • Research, exploration and monitoring
  • Education
  • Technology and marine operations
  • Investment and Federal government implementation

In other business, the Commission announced that the tentative deadline for release of a Midterm Report on its activities is the July 23-24 regional meeting in Boston. The Midterm Report will consist of an executive summary of regional meetings and themes, and will be accompanied by a listing of issues identified and recommendations put forward by presenters at the regional meetings, and the issues document noted above.


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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