Renewable Natural 

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Congress on Ocean Policy


December 6, 2018
National Union Building
918 F St NW
Washington, DC

Program  Location   Registration   Program Committee


wavesOceans are being affected by the chemical and physical impacts of climate change, unsustainable pressures on sealife populations, unprecedented destruction of marine habitats, and life-threatening pollution from land- and sea-based activities (nutrients, agricultural chemicals, plastics and petroleum, among others). These increasing pressures are disrupting ocean health, productivity, and resilience.

Speakers for the 2018 Congress on Ocean Policy are a diverse group of scientists, managers, and professionals who understand the challenges of current ocean management. They will present policy tools and strategies to foster the sustainability of our oceans. Delegate invitations are being extended to representatives of state, federal and international agencies, professional and scientific NGOs, the private sector, academia, and congressional offices and committees.

Following is a list of critical ocean policy issues:

● adverse impacts of climate change and intensified exploitation of ocean resources amplify the need for all nations to embrace the international governance framework of the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention;

● impacts of ocean acidification and rising temperatures on the health and function of marine life and ecosystems;

● collaborative policies and programs to reduce ocean-damaging land-based pollution;

● vulnerability of marine mammals to ocean development, commercial shipping and fishing, naval exercises, and acoustic disturbances;

● how local, state, and federal entities can more effectively manage marine resources by collaboration through use of regional ocean plans;

● offshore wind energy development impacts and environmental considerations;

● offshore petroleum exploration and exploitation impacts; and

● potential deep-sea mineral exploration and exploitation impacts.



Speakers




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Tommy Beaudreau
Latham & Watkins LLC, BOEM
Donald Boesch
University of Maryland
Center for Environmental Science
Scott Doney
University of Virginia




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Jason Gedamke
NOAA
Stephanie McClellan
University of Delaware
Betsy Nicholson
NOAA

Cindy Van Dover
Duke University




Program

8:15 am – 8:35 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:35 am – 8:45 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Donald Boesch
Chair, RNRF Congress Program Committee
Professor of Marine Science
Former President (1990 to 2017)
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Cambridge, MD

8:40 am – 9:10 am
The Law of the Sea Convention
How does UNCLOS reflect current U.S. policy and how does the U.S. currently engage in international maritime policy? What challenges prevent U.S. from signing UNCLOS and what institutional changes need to occur to do so?

RDML Timothy Gallaudet (invited)
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
Silver Spring, MD

9:10 am – 9:30 am
Questions and Discussion

9:30 am – 10:00 am
Ocean Acidification and Rising Ocean Temperatures
What is the relationship between ocean acidification and rising temperatures and how do those phenomena affect sealife? How does ocean pollution exacerbate these environmental stressors and increase the susceptibility of marine organisms to disease and habitat disruptions? What is the future of U.S. marine ecosystems based on model predictions? What federal, state, and local action needs to occur to preserve and protect oceans?

Scott Doney
Joe D. and Helen J. Kington Professor in Environmental Change
Environmental Sciences Department
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

10:00 am – 10:20 am
Questions and Discussion

10:20 am – 10:35 am
Break

10:35 am – 11:05 am
Land-Based Marine Pollution
What are the biggest contributors to nonpoint source pollution and marine debris? How does this pollution impact marine ecosystems? What policies are currently reducing these impacts and how can they be duplicated or expanded?

Donald Boesch
Professor of Marine Science
Former President (1990 to 2017)
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Cambridge, MD

11:05 am – 11:25 am
Questions and Discussion

11:25 am – 11:55 am
Marine Mammal Protection
What current strategies are being used to prevent acoustic damage to marine mammals? What policy or technological changes can be implemented to protect marine mammals from collisions and acoustic disturbances?

Jason Gedamke
Director
Ocean Acoustics Program
NOAA Fisheries Office of Science & Technology
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Silver Spring, MD

11:55 am – 12:15 pm
Questions and Discussion

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Regional Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning
What are the merits, methods, and barriers to developing a successful regional ocean plan? How can planners use political opportunities to position a region to effectively respond to real changes in how ocean space and resources are managed? 

Betsy Nicholson
North Regional Director
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Gloucester, MA

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm
Questions and Discussion

1:50 pm – 2:20 pm
Offshore Wind Energy
A brief history and prospects for wind energy in the U.S. What commercial and governmental policies and investments are fostering wind energy? How are proponents addressing hazards to marine and avian species? Are there other environmental hazards?

Stephanie McClellan
Director
Special Initiative on Offshore Wind
University of Delaware
Newark, DE

2:20 pm – 2:40 pm
Questions and Discussion

2:40 pm – 2:55 pm
Break

2:55 pm – 3:25 pm
Offshore Petroleum Exploration and Exploitation
How have environmental disasters of the past influenced current and prospective practices? What is the future of offshore drilling?

Tommy Beaudreau
Partner
Latham & Watkins
First Director of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (2011-2014)
Washington, DC

3:25 pm – 3:45 pm
Questions and Discussion

2:00 pm – 2:10 pm
Break

3:45 pm – 4:05 pm
Deep-Sea Mineral Exploration and Exploitation
What is currently known about this emerging industry? What are the potential consequences of seafloor exploration? What policies should be put in place now to protect marine ecosystems and reduce negative impacts?

Cindy Van Dover
Harvey W. Smith Professor of Biological Oceanography
Marine Science & Conservation Division
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University
Beaufort, NC

4:05 pm – 4:25 pm
Questions and Discussion

4:25 pm
Closing

Robert Day
Executive Director
RNRF
 

Location

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The RNRF Congress on Ocean Policy will be held at the National Union Building at 918 F St NW in Washington, DC. The building was constructed in 1890 as the headquarters of the National Union Fire Insurance Company. It later served as the first headquarters of the USDA Forest Service. The National Union Building is a five-minute walk from the Gallery Place-Chinatown Station on Metro's Red Line.


Registration


Registration will open mid-August.

Congress Program Committee


Chair:
Donald Boesch, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Members:

Tom Chase, Alternate Director, RNRF Board of Directors; Director of Coasts, Oceans, Ports & Rivers Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers
Robert Day
, RNRF Executive Director
John E. Durrant, RNRF Vice-Chairman; Sr. Managing Director, Engineering & Lifelong Learning, American Society of Civil Engineers
Richard Engberg, RNRF Chairman; American Water Resources Association
Sarah Gerould, RNRF Board Member; Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Lisa Engelman, Alternative Director, RNRF Board of Directors; American Water Resources Association
Paul Higgins, RNRF Board Member; Director, Policy Program, American Meteorological Society
Lu Gay Lanier
, RNRF Board Member; American Society of Landscape Architects Fund
Raj Pandya
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RNRF Board Member; Program Director, Thriving Earth Exchange, American Geophysical Union
Howard Rosen
, RNRF Board Member; Public Interest Member
Nancy C. Somerville, Alternate Director, RNRF Board of Directors; President, American Society of Landscape Architects Fund
Barry Starke, RNRF Board Member; Public Interest Member
Kasey White, RNRF Board Member; Director of Geoscience Policy, Geological Society of America

RNRF Staff Liaisons:
Attiya Sayyed, Program Manager
Amber Todoroff
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Program Manager

Special Thanks:
Tom Bigford, Former Policy Director, American Fisheries Society, and formerly with NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service
Jeffrey L. Payne, Director, Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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