March 18, 2002 News Release
U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy to Conduct Site Visit in Portland March 20
Local Officials, Environmentalists to Focus on Federal Oceans Policy
Oregon Secretary of State, Executive Director of Pacific Marine Conservation Council to Address Commission at Port of Portland
Media Note: Event is open to the media, Call contact for complete agenda, Commissioners available for interview
Portland, Oregon The utilization and preservation of Oregons coastal region and its marine resources will highlight a site visit by several members of the new presidentially-appointed U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy on Wednesday, March 20, 2002, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the New Port Office Buildings Commission Room, first floor, 121 N.W. Everett St., Portland, Oregon.
Top local government officials, ocean scientists, fishermen and environmental organizations will be on hand to discuss marine and coastal issues of concern to the region with the Commissioners. Members of the Commission -- including former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator William D. Ruckelshaus and Dr. Marc J. Hershman, director of the School of Marine Affairs at the University of Washington -- will consider the information presented at the Portland meeting as they begin to develop their recommendations for a comprehensive national ocean policy. The Commissions findings and recommendations will be presented in a final report to Congress and the President in the spring of 2003.
The 16-member Commission, authorized by Congress and appointed by President Bush, has begun its in-depth investigation into the problems coastal regions confront in their dealings with ocean and coastal management. As part of its initial fact finding phase, the Commission has conducted public meetings and site visits in three major coastal regions including the Southeast, Florida-Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. The Commission will conduct six more public meetings and numerous site visits over the next six months.
For more information on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy go to: http://oceancommission.gov.