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What: Partner sessions preceding Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2011 will explore the ocean's role in promoting American prosperity and security.

When: June 6, 2011

Where: Capitol Visitors Center, Congressional Meeting Room South, East Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC

Hosts: Coordinated by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Partner Sessions preceeding Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2011 are sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, University of Massachusetts-Boston Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the American Association of Port Authorities, and the Coastal and Estuarine Research Foundation.

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Panels are still being finalized and subject to change.


Monday, June 6

9:00am - 11:00am

National Security, Economic Well-Being and the Law of the Sea

Over 15 years after its entry into force, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is commonly considered an umbrella treaty for the management of the world's oceans--one that provides a framework for determining jurisdictional boundaries, defining freedom or navigation, and conserving the ocean's natural resources. While the United States views many aspects of the treaty as customary international law, and therefore abides by those aspects in practice, it has not ratified UNCLOS.

The numerous national and international discussions regarding U.S. ratification of UNCLOS have included a wide range of perspectives on a spectrum of issues. In this seminar, international ocean management experts will explore the rationale for acceding, focusing specifically on the relevance of UNCLOS to national security and economic well-being.

Ms. Jordan Diamond | Deputy Director, Ocean Program, Environmental Law Institute (moderator)

Ambassador David A. Balton | Deputy Assistant Secretary, Oceans and Fisheries, Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science, U.S. Department of State

Professor David D. Caron | President, American Society of International Law; Berkeley Law, University of California

Rear Admiral Frederick J. Kenney, Jr. | Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel, U.S. Coast Guard

Commander James Kraska | Howard S. Levie Chair of Operational Law, U.S. Naval War College

Sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute and coordinated in conjunction with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

11:15am - 12:15pm

Fisheries Management and Food Security in the 21st Century

As climatic change increases environmental variation, fisheries managers who have not already done so will have to move beyond static understandings of managed stocks or populations. Inflexible management approaches may no longer apply. Adapative, integrated and participatory approaches to fisheries management is required for an ecosystem approach. In fisheries, a wide range of adaptations is possible, either carried out in anticipation of future effects (such as ocean acidification) or in response to impacts once they have occurred. Some are implemented by public institutions or others by private individuals. In general, responses to direct impacts of extreme events on fisheries infrastructure and communities are more likely to be effective if they are anticipatory, as part of long-term integrated management planning. However, preparation should be commensurate with risk, as excessive protective measures could themselves have negative social and economic impacts. The panelists discuss fisheries management/food security in the 21st century.

Robbin Peach | Executive Director, Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (moderator)

Dr. Nardia Haigh | Assistant Professor, College of Management UMass Boston

Dr. J. Samuel Barkin | Professor of Political Science, University of Florida

Jay Odell | Mid-Atlantic Marine Progran Director, The Nature Conservancy

Sponsored by the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security and coordinated in conjunction with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Engaging the Public: Windows Beneath the Waves

**Box lunch session; first-come, first served**

When asked, Americans express concern and care for the ocean; however, they do not view ocean conservation issues as urgent. Most Americans do not have a sense of how their lives connect to the ocean, or why problems in the ocean can impact them. Numerous initiatives are underway that seek to alter the way the public views and thinks about the value of the ocean. The change needed will recquire a large effort to focus the consciousness of the nation on the economic value, cultural significance, and importance of resource conservation.

Aquariums, science centers, and museums are at the leading edge of creating change, and years of experience have yielded new understandings of how we learn about and appreciate the ocean. The Administration recognizes that America's stewardship of the ocean is intimately linked to national prosperity, environmental sustainability, human health, and well-being, and NOAA has spent the last few years working with recreational and other stakeholder groups to engage them in the national dialogue. At the same time, film and entertainment nonprofits, governments, and companies are launching national and international initiatives to move the needle on public awareness and action. All of these efforts have a common goal: to build an educated public.

Sally Yozell | Director, Office of Policy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (moderator)

Dr. Wei Ying Wong | Communications Project Coordinator, The Ocean Project

Mike Lutz | MacGillivray Freeman Films; One World, One Ocean Foundation

Andrew Winer | Director, Office of External Affairs, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Sponsored by NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and coordinated in conjunction with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

2:15pm - 3:45pm

Delivering Prosperity:
Ports, Trade, and America's Role in the Global Economy

America's prosperity and economic security begins at its coastline. Public port authorites are charged with facilitating commerce for the good of the nation, and seaports have been delivering prosperity for centuries. Serving as hubs of trade, high paying jobs and intermodel transportation, ports are responsible for handling the imported raw materials and components that American manufacturers use, as well as moving American exports out the "last mile" of the U.S. transportation system to a waiting world. All the while, ports balance their role as facilitators of commerce with that of stewards of the coastal environment, showcasing true sustainablity.

Kathy Broadwater | Deputy Executive Director, Maryland Port Administration (moderator)

Paul H. Bea | Principal, PHB Public Affairs

Adrienne Gildea | Manager, Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors

Tony MacDonald | Executive Director, Urban Coast Institute, Monmouth University

Sponsored by the American Association of Port Authorities and coordinated in conjunction with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems: One Year after the Deepwater Horizon

Video 1, Video 2

The Gulf of Mexico is vital to the US economy, supporting a large oil and gas industry, commercial and recreational fishery production, shipping and tourism. Its cultural significance to the Nation is great and the resilience of its inhabitants in the face of disasters has inspired the rest of America. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the most recent environmental impact in a series of cumulative changes to Gulf ecosystems, which together have had significant socioeconomic consequences. Scientists affiliated with the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) have studied Gulf ecosystem responses to these cumulative effects over many years and can provide data-rich information about the effects of the oil spill and clean-up on Gulf ecosystems.

CERF is the leading scientific society dedicated to US coastal environments. Its strong and large Gulf coast membership has the expertise and experience to put the BP spill into a long-term perspective of Gulf ecosystems and economies so critical to the Nation. This briefing will provide the latest scientific information about Gulf ecosystems, including human societal effects, a year after the BP spill. The briefing will highlight advances in our understanding of complex Gulf ecosystems and gaps in our scientific understanding that must be addressed.

Susan Williams | President, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (moderator and opening remarks)

Donald F. Boesch | President and Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science ("What Will We Learn From the Gulf Oil Spill?)

Nancy N. Rabalais | Executive Director and Professor, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium ("How to Restore a Damaged Ecosystem")

David W. Yoskowitz | HRI Endowed Chair for Socio-Economics, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M Corpus Christi ("How Has the Gulf Coast Economy Recovered?")

Sponsored by the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation and coordinated in conjunction with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

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