August 16, 2002 Media Advisory
U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy to Hold
Public Meetings in Anchorage Aug. 21-22
Local Officials, Environmentalists, Citizens
to Address New Federal Oceans Policy
Governor Tony Knowles, Oceanas James Ayers,
Alaskan Clem Tillion, North Pacific Fishery Management Councils
David Benton and Alaska Draggers Associations Jay Stinson
Among Speakers Set to Address Commission
Meetings to be Held in the Hotel Captain Cooks
Discovery Ballroom, 4th and K Street
News Briefing Set for 12:10 p.m.,
Wednesday, August 21
Media Note: Interviews with Commissioners Available
Anchorage, AK The management of North Pacific fisheries and marine mammals, marine operations, enforcement and marine emergency planning and response are among the key issues marine experts and area officials will discuss at the Alaska Regional Meeting of the Presidentially-appointed U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, set for August 21-22, 2002, at the Hotel Captain Cooks Discovery Ballroom, 4th and K Street, Anchorage, Alaska.
The public meetings will feature remarks by top ocean scientists, fisheries experts and industry representatives, environmental organizations, citizens and government officials on the impact of federal, state and municipal ocean policies on business, conservation resource management and recreation in Alaska. (Call contact for complete agenda.)
A news briefing with Commission Chairman Admiral James D. Watkins (USN) Ret., and local Commissioner Edward Rasmuson, will be held at 12:10 p.m., Wednesday, August 21, in the Hotel Captain Cooks Resolution Room.
On Friday, August 23 members of the Commission will conduct site visits to Dutch Harbor and Juneau to visit ocean-related facilities. The site visits will focus on marine and coastal issues important throughout Alaska. (Call contact for information.)
The Alaska Regional Meeting is the eighth of nine regional public meetings the 16-member Commission will conduct across the nation. Based on the information gathered at the public meetings and its in-depth analysis of U.S. coastal policies, the Commission will be compiling recommendations for the development of a comprehensive national ocean policy to effectively preserve and utilize the worlds oceans and their resources.
The Commissions findings and recommendations will be presented to Congress and the President in a final report in 2003. For more information on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy go to: http://oceancommission.gov.