January 22, 2003 Media Advisory
U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy
to Hold Public Meeting
in Washington Friday, Jan. 24
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 fourteenth public meeting on Friday, January, 24, 2003, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Amphitheater, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, in Washington, D.C. The meeting will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
The 16-member Commission currently is in the deliberative phase of its work, which will continue over the next few months. The Commission recently completed its 10-month fact-finding phase. In that phase, the Commission held nine regional meetings in every coastal area of the nation to collect information and recommendations on a new national ocean policy from a cross-section of communities, including top ocean scientists, environmental organizations, industry, citizens and government officials.
Based on information gathered at the public meetings and its in-depth analysis of U.S. coastal policies, the Commission will compile findings and recommendations that will be presented to Congress and the President in a final report in 2003.
Recent U.S. Commission milestones include the release of the mid-term report, Developing a National Ocean Policy, in September. The report stated that nations oceans and coasts are in serious trouble.
Kate Naughten, (202) 418-3442
David Roscow, (703) 276-2772 ext 21