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July 18, 2002 News Release

U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy to Hold
Regional Public Meetings in Boston July 23-24
Local Officials, Environmentalists, Citizens to
Address New Federal Oceans Policy

World Wildlife Fund’s William Reilly, Save the Bay’s Curt Spalding,
Woods Hole’s Dr. Robert Gagosian, NOAA Fisheries’ Pat Kurkul and
National Science Foundation’s Dr. Rita Colwell
Set to Address Commission Meeting at Boston’s Historic Faneuil Hall

Media Note: Interviews with Commissioners Available

Boston, MA – Fisheries management, aquaculture, water quality and regional coordination of ocean policy are among the key issues marine experts and area officials will discuss at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the Presidentially-appointed U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, set for July 23-24, 2002, in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall, 0 Faneuil Hall Square. Click here to view the full agenda.

The public meetings will feature remarks by top ocean scientists, environmental organizations, citizens and government officials on the impact of federal, state and municipal ocean policies on business, conservation and recreation in the Northeast.

A press briefing with Commission Chairman Admiral James D. Watkins (USN) Ret., and local Commissioners Dr. Robert Ballard and Dr. Andrew Rosenberg, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23. Call contact for specific information.

Prior to the public meetings, the members of the Commission will conduct site visits that include stops at ocean-related facilities in New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. The site visits, on Monday, July 22, will focus on marine and coastal issues important throughout the Northeast. (Call contact for information.)

The Northeast Regional Meeting is the seventh of nine stops for the 16-member Commission, which is conducting similar site visits and public meetings in the nation’s coastal regions over the next three months. 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 federal ocean policy to effectively preserve and utilize the world’s oceans and their resources.

The Commission’s 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:


David Roscow
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Kate Naughten



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