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Public Meeting
November 22, 2002
Washington, DC

Below is a brief description of the thirteenth public meeting. The agenda, minutes, testimony and responses to follow-up questions will be posted when they become available.



The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy completed its fact-finding phase and began the next phase of its work at a public meeting held on November 22, 2002, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Amphitheater in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, the 16-member Commission discussed various policy options (pdf, 352kb) to address the key issues associated with developing a comprehensive and coordinated national ocean policy. These policy discussions marked the transition from the Commission’s 10-month fact-finding phase, which included nine regional meetings in every coastal area of the nation, to the deliberative phase, which will continue into early 2003. This was the Commission’s thirteenth public meeting.

Meeting Location

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center’s Amphitheater
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.



8:30 a.m. Convene

8:35 - 9:30 a.m.

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Break

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.

  • Introduction to Policy Option Presentations and Procedures

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

  • Reports of Three Working Group Chairs

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Consideration of Policy Options

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

  • Consideration of Policy Options

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

  • Consideration of Policy Options

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Break

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

  • Wrap-up Discussions

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Public Comment

5:00 p.m. Adjourn


At its 13th public meeting, held November 22, 2002, in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy made the transition from fact-finding to deliberation when the Commission held its first public discussion of draft policy options (pdf, 352kb). The day-long discussion focused on policy options presented by each working group chairman, including Governance Working Group Chairman Bill Ruckelshaus, Stewardship Working Group Chairman Dr. Paul Sandifer, and Research Education and Marine Operations (REMO) Working Group Chairman Dr. Jim Coleman. As the day progressed, each chairman presented a series of key issues for discussion. The issues were organized and presented within the framework of the Commission’s new draft Table of Contents document (pdf, 96kb), which was made available at the meeting.

Issues discussed by the full commission included:

Chapter I - Our Oceans: A National Asset
  • Guiding Principles

Chapter II - Enhancing Ocean Value and Vitality

  • Living Marine Resources
  • Coastal Management

Chapter IV - Advancing Our Understanding of the Ocean

  • Comprehensive and Coordinated Approach
  • National Coastal and Ocean Observing and Prediction System
  • Data Management

Chapter V - Promoting Ocean Awareness and a Stewardship Ethic

  • K-12 Education
  • Higher Education

Following the policy option discussions, staff was directed to proceed with the first draft of the Commission’s final report.

Prior to its public discussion, the Commission heard from one presenter, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Thomas H. Collins. In his presentation, Admiral Collins addressed how the new Department of Homeland Security will balance the non-homeland security missions of the Coast Guard in a department with a security mission.

The next full Commission meeting is scheduled for the week of January 20, 2003, at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center Amphitheater in Washington, D.C. The specific date and site have not been determined.


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