On Thursday, September 24th, the Obama Administration’s Ocean Energy Task Force, which is creating a new national ocean policy framework, will be holding a public meeting at the RI Convention Center from 4:00-7:00pm.  Task force members and a panel of local experts will be discussing:

  • ocean governance
  • tribes
  • fisheries/aquaculture
  • recreational uses
  • hazard resilience/climate change
  • research/science
  • ecosystem management/restoration
  • ocean energy

The task force will also be taking public comments.  This is a great opportunity to show your support for Rhode Island’s working waterfronts as well as other issues of importance to our marine economy.  If you are unable to attend in person, you can submit written comments via the Task Force’s website.

Please attend the hearing to ensure that our national ocean policy recognizes the critical importance of maintaining our region’s ports and working waterfronts.

Providence Working Waterfront Alliance

Obama Administration Officials to Hold Ocean Policy Task Force Public Meeting
in Providence, RI, on September 24, 2009

PROVIDENCE, RI – Obama Administration officials will hold their third regional Ocean Policy Task Force Public Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island on September 24, 2009. The Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, led by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, consists of senior-level officials from Administration agencies, departments, and offices.

The Task Force is charged with developing a recommendation for a national policy that ensures protection, maintenance, and restoration of oceans, our coasts and the Great Lakes. It will also recommend a framework for improved stewardship, and effective coastal and marine spatial planning. The public is encouraged to attend and an opportunity for public comment will be provided.

Who: Chair Nancy Sutley, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Vice Admiral David P. Pekoske, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard
Dr. Dora Hughes, Counselor for Science & Public Health, Department of Health and Human Services
Associate Deputy Secretary Laura Davis, Department of Interior

What: Ocean Policy Task Force Public Meeting

When: Thursday, September 24, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Where: Rhode Island Convention Center
Ballrooms D & E
One Sabin Street
Providence, RI 02903

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