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Gulf of Mexico Regional Meeting
March 7-8, 2002
New Orleans, LA

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

Site Visits

(including links to speakers' written statements and follow-up questions)
(pdf, 292kb)

The Commission held its fifth public meeting, the Gulf of Mexico Regional meeting, March 7-8, 2002 at the Port of New Orleans Headquarters Building, New Orleans, LA. This was the third in a series of nine regional public meetings the Commission will hold around the nation. The Gulf of Mexico 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 Gulf Coast of the United States, encompassing the area from Alabama to Texas. In addition to the public meetings on March 7 and 8, the Commissioners spent March 6 gaining first hand knowledge of important regional issues through site visits offshore of Louisiana and to the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. 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.

Site Visits

Texas A&M University
Ocean Confidence Rig, Gulf of Mexico
Naval Oceanographic Office, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi
(pdf 232kb)
  • Meeting Location

    First Floor Auditorium
    Port of New Orleans
    1350 Port of New Orleans Place
    New Orleans, LA


    Thursday, March 7

    Morning Session
    Afternoon Session

    Friday, March 8

    Morning Session


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

    8:30 a.m. - Convene

    8:35-9:25 a.m. - Official Welcome

    • Mr. Patrick Gallwey (pdf 76kb) – Executive Assistant to the Director, Port of New Orleans
    • Dr. Len Bahr (pdf 48kb) – Executive Assistant to the Governor, State of Louisiana
    • Mr. Glen H. Carpenter (pdf 64kb) – Executive Director, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

    9:25-10:40 a.m. - Scence and Education Panel

    10:40-11:00 a.m. - Break

    11:00-12:30 a.m. - Maritime Transportation Panel

    12:30-1:30 a.m. - Lunch Break

    AFTERNOON SESSION - 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

    1:30 a.m.-3:10 p.m. - Coastal Land Loss Panel

    3:10-3:20 p.m. - Break

    3:20-4:35 p.m. - Living Marine Resources Panel

    4:35-5:35 p.m. - Public Comment

    5:35 p.m. - Adjourn



    MORNING SESSION - 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

    8:30-9:45 a.m. - Offshore Energy Panel 1

    9:45-9:55 a.m. - Break

    9:55-11:10 a.m. - Offshore Energy Panel 2

    11:10 a.m.-12:25 p.m. - Pollution and Hypoxia Panel

    • Mr. Jimmy Palmer (pdf 900kb) - Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 – Gulf of Mexico Program
    • Ms. Susan Heathcote (pdf 92kb) – Research Director, Iowa Environmental Council – Upper Mississippi River Basin effects on coastal waters
    • Mr. Chris Nelson (pdf 700kb) – Regional Director, National Fisheries Institute, Vice President, Bon Secour Fisheries – Seafood safety: impacts of upstream pollution on the shellfish industry

    12:25-1:00 p.m. - Public Comment

    1:00 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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