April 2-3, 2003 Media Advisory
U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy
to Hold Public Meeting
in Washington, April 2-3
Washington, D.C. The options for addressing a multitude of issues associated with developing a new national ocean policy will be the focus of discussion as the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy holds its fifteenth public meeting beginning Wednesday, April 2, and running through Thursday, April 3, 2003, at the George Washington University Cafritz Conference Center, 800 21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
The 16-member Commission currently is in the deliberative phase of its work. In November 2002, the Commission completed its fact-finding phase, which included nine regional meetings in every coastal area of the nation and the Great Lakes.
Based on information gathered at the public meetings, its in-depth analysis of U.S. coastal policies, and its current deliberations, the Commission will compile findings and recommendations for a new national ocean policy that will be presented to Congress and the President in a final report in 2003.
U.S. Commission milestones include the release of the mid-term report, Developing a National Ocean Policy, in September 2002. The report stated that nations oceans and coasts are in serious trouble.
Kate Naughten, (202) 418-3442
David Roscow, (703) 276-2772 ext 21