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Preliminary Program for the State department "Our Oceans" Conference

Secretary of State John Kerry has announced that the department of State will convene the "Our Oceans" conference on June 16-17, 2014.

The State Department has published the preliminary program for the Oceans Conference that was rescheduled from last October due to the government shutdown. The conference, which will be for invitees only though portions may be available via the internet, will focus on issues of Sustainable Fisheries, Marine Pollution and Ocean Acidification.

June 16-17, 2014
 

Provisional Program
As of May 7, 2014

Subject to Change

 

June 16, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – Registration/Coffee/Networking

 

Day 1 Morning: HIGH LEVEL OPENING

 

Welcome by Secretary of State John F. Kerry

 

EXPLORING, UNDERSTANDING & CONSERVING OUR OCEAN

  • Philippe Cousteau (Voyacy Group and EarthEcho International)
  • Margaret Leinen (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
  • Enric Sala (National Geographic)

Remarks by President Anote Tong, Republic of Kiribati

 

 

Day 1 Morning: SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES
Moderated by Eileen Sobeck, NOAA

 

STATE OF THE SCIENCE - STATUS AND TRENDS OF KEY FISH STOCKS

  • Ray Hilborn (University of Washington) Problems
  • Mike Pandey (Earth Matters Foundation)
Solutions
  • Transform Aqorau (Parties to the Nauru Agreement)
  • Hoyt Peckham (SmartFish)
  • Peter Sinon (Seychelles Minister for Investment, Natural Resources and Industry)

Discussion

 

Day 1: LUNCH in Benjamin Franklin Room (by invitation)

Address by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

 

Lunch in Courtyard – Presentations and exhibits, including:

  • NOAA Science on a Sphere
  • NASA Hyperwall
  • Ben Halpern (University of California Santa Barbara) – Ocean Health Index

Day 1 Afternoon: MARINE POLLUTION

Loy Henderson Conference Room

 

STATE OF THE SCIENCE - MARINE DEBRIS

  • Richard Thompson (Plymouth University)

Problems

  • Elizabeth Taylor Jay (Colombia Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development)

Solutions

  • Andreas Merkl (Ocean Conservancy)
  • Daniella Dimitrova Russo (Plastic Pollution Coalition) Brian Flaherty (Nestle Waters North America)

Discussion

 

Break

 

STATE OF THE SCIENCE - NUTRIENT POLLUTION IN THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT

  • Nancy Rabalais (Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium) 

Problems

  • Monika Stankiewicz (Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission) [invited]

Solutions

  • Crispin d'Auvergne (Government of Saint Lucia) Chris Lambe (The Mosaic Company)

Discussion

 

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DAY 2 OPENING

June 17, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – Coffee/Networking

Day 2 Morning: Keynote address by Secretary Kerry

 

Day 2 Morning: OCEAN ACIDIFICATION
Moderated by Scott Doney, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

 

STATE OF THE SCIENCE - OCEAN ACIDIFICATION

  • Ove Hoegh-Guldburg (University of Queensland) & Carol Turley (Plymouth Marine Laboratory)

Problems

  • Alexis Valauri-Orton (Thomas J. Watson Fellow)

Solutions

  • Bill Dewey (Taylor Shellfish Farms)
  • Phil Williamson (UK Natural Environment Research Council) 
  • Yimnang Golbuu (Palau International Coral Reef Center)

Discussion

 

Day 2 Morning: CHARTING A PATH FORWARD

  • Remarks by Secretary Kerry and other high-level speakers announcing new commitments and charting a path forward.

Day 2: LUNCH: Concurrent Sessions

 

Political Change Makers
Increasing Public Awareness about Ocean Conservation

 

Day 2 Afternoon: MULTIPLYING OUR FORCES Concurrent Networking and Strategy Sessions

  • Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services 
  • Ocean Health and Science
  • Integrated Approach to Fisheries and Food Security
  • Power of the Marketplace in Promoting Ocean Health
Dates: 
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 10:30 to Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 19:00
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