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Our Ocean 2014 Conference Agenda

Date: 04/10/2014 Description: 2014 Oceans Conference - horizontal logo - State Dept Image

June 16-17, 2014

Provisional Program
As of June 13, 2014
Subject to Change

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

Day 1
9:30 a.m. -
10:30 a.m. 

Loy Henderson Conference Room

Welcome and remarks by Secretary of State John F. Kerry

Remarks by President Anote Tong, Republic of Kiribati

Exploring, Understanding, & Conserving Our Ocean

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

Day 1
11:00 a.m. - 
12:30 p.m. 

Loy Henderson Conference Room
Moderated by Eileen Sobeck, NOAA
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

State of the Science – Status and trends of key fish stocks
Ray Hilborn (University of Washington) in collaboration with Boris Worm (Dalhousie University) – Current abundance, trends, and sustainability of global fish stocks

Victor Restrepo (Fisheries Scientist) – Issues and challenges to achieving sustainable fisheries at the international level

Susan Jackson (International Seafood Sustainability Foundation) – An innovative partnership in the Pacific Ocean among tuna vessels, suppliers, and States utilizing technology to enhance transparency and promote sustainability

Hoyt Peckham (SmartFish) – Solving sea turtle bycatch in Japan, Mexico, and Hawaii through participatory research

Peter Sinon (Seychelles Minister for Investment, Natural Resources and Industry) – A multilateral initiative to fight Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated fishing in the vast Exclusive Economic Zones of the Indian Ocean


Day 1
12:45 p.m. -
2:30 p.m. 


Lunch in Benjamin Franklin Room (by invitation)
Address by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

Lunch in Exhibit Hall
Ben Halpern (University of California Santa Barbara)  – Mapping global ocean health, from cumulative human impacts to the suite of benefits we derive from marine ecosystems

Presentations and exhibits in the Courtyard, including:

NOAA Science on a Sphere
NASA Hyperwall
mFish and Fishackathons

Day 1
2:45 p.m. - 
5:00 p.m. 

Loy Henderson Conference Room
Moderated by Jackie Alder, United Nations Environment Programme

State of the Science – Marine debris
Richard Thompson (Plymouth University) – Why we should be concerned about the global problem of marine debris – an overview of the consequences of marine debris for the economy, wildlife, and human health

Elizabeth Taylor Jay (Colombia Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development) – The impact of marine pollution on Colombia’s coastal and marine environment and Colombia’s role and contributions to ensure ocean health

Andreas Merkl (Ocean Conservancy) – How radical thinking, public/private partnerships, and a focus on stopping plastics from reaching the ocean can help us turn the tide on ocean trash

Daniella Dimitrova Russo (Think Beyond Plastic Innovation Forum) – Addressing marine debris by inspiring behavioral change and youth leadership, encouraging entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation, and building public-private partnerships

Brian Flaherty (Nestlé Waters North America) – A zero-waste approach to beverage packaging: making progress through policy and action


(Break) 15 minutes

State of the Science – Nutrient pollution in the marine environment
Nancy Rabalais (Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium) – How nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus – the essential building blocks of marine life – are overloading the ocean and causing coastal water quality problems, including dead zones and harmful algal blooms

Daniel Conley (Lund University) – How nutrient pollution in the Baltic Sea has caused the largest human-induced low oxygen dead zone in the world

Crispin d'Auvergne (Government of Saint Lucia) – Saint Lucia's efforts to address nutrient pollution in the marine environment

Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas (The Mosaic Company) – Innovative approaches to Nutrient Stewardship: Best Management Practices for agricultural producers to keep nutrients available for plant yields and to minimize runoff into waterways


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

Day 2
9:00 a.m.

Loy Henderson Conference Room

Welcome by Secretary Kerry

Remarks by President Barack Obama (by video)

Remarks by Leonardo DiCaprio, Founder, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

Day 2
9:20 a.m. - 
10:30 a.m. 

Loy Henderson Conference Room
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) – What is ocean acidification?  A scientific overview of how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is changing the chemistry and ecosystems of the oceans 

Alexis Valauri-Orton (Thomas J. Watson Fellow) – How first-hand experiences in Norway, Hong Kong, Thailand, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and Peru revealed how little is known about ocean acidification around the world

Bill Dewey (Taylor Shellfish Farms) – How shellfish farmers in the U.S. Pacific Northwest have saved their businesses by reducing their vulnerability to ocean acidification

Yimnang Golbuu (Palau International Coral Reef Center) – Why are coral reefs in Palau thriving despite ocean acidification and what can we learn to help reefs in other parts of the world survive?

Phil Williamson (U.K. Natural Environment Research Council) – How the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network can help us understand and respond to ocean acidification


10:30 a.m.


Minister for Agriculture Sharon Dijksma, The Netherlands – Outcomes of the Global Oceans Action Summit held April 22-25, 2014.

10:35 a.m. – Break

Day 2
11:00 a.m. - 
12:30 p.m. 

Loy Henderson Conference Room
Moderated by Catherine Novelli,
Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment

A distinguished panel led by Secretary Kerry announces new commitments and charts a path forward.

Secretary Kerry
President Tommy Remengesau, Republic of Palau
Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz, Chile
Foreign Minister Børge Brende, Norway
Foreign Minister Robert Dussey, Togo
President Jim Yong Kim, World Bank

Day 2
1:00 p.m. - 
2:30 p.m. 


Benjamin Franklin Room (by invitation)

& Exhibit Hall 

Political Change Makers – This session will feature key political leaders discussing their actions to lead change in ocean conservation and stewardship in the United States, Europe, and internationally.  

Opening by John Podesta, Counselor to the President of the United States
Maria Damanaki (European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)
Sheldon Whitehouse (United States Senator, Rhode Island)
Lisa Murkowski (United States Senator, Alaska)
Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative
Closing remarks by John Podesta

Day 2
3:00 p.m. - 
4:30 p.m. 

Concurrent Networking and Strategy Sessions

The following four concurrent sessions will communicate the benefits of our ocean and coasts and the risks to coastal communities if we do not sustain these valuable assets. They will showcase how the health of the ocean and coasts is linked to economic security, food security, human health, and the resilience of coastal communities worldwide.

Room 1105

Integrated Approach to Fisheries and Food Security

Promoting the role of fisheries and marine resource conservation in food security, including the integration of fisheries and food security in international development.

Moderated by Tjada McKenna (USAID)
Arni Mathieson (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
Assuncao Cristas (Portugal Minister of Agriculture and Sea)
Stephen Hall (WorldFish)
Elizabeth Rose Amidjogbe (Liberia Ministry of Agriculture)

Room 1107

Ocean Health and Science

Promoting ocean health though sound policies, scientific research, conservation strategies, and innovative investment

Moderated by Don Boesch (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences)
John Holdren (Assistant to the President for Science and Technology)
Liu Cigui (China Administrator of the State Ocean Administration)
Lisa Emelia Svensson (Sweden Ambassador for Oceans, Seas, and Fresh Water)
Andrew Rosenberg (Union of Concerned Scientists)
Sandra Whitehouse (Ocean Conservancy)
Ben Cotton (Earth Capital Partners)

Loy Henderson

Power of the Marketplace in Promoting Ocean Stewardship

Industry trends and best practices for using market forces to promote ocean stewardship

Moderated by Scott Nathan (U.S. Department of State)
Deborah Sanders (Dell)
Doug Woodring (Ocean Recovery Alliance)
Sophia Mendelsohn (JetBlue Airways)
Mark J. Spalding (The Ocean Foundation)
R. Mark Davis (Sailors for the Sea)
Christopher Lischewski (Bumble Bee Foods)
Rupert Howes (Marine Stewardship Council)
Gina C. Green (Tetra Tech)

Room 1205

Valuing Our Ocean

Assessing the economic value of ocean and coastal ecosystems and how best to use economic forces to drive conservation and sustainable resource use

Moderated by Mark Schaefer (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Sam Farr (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives)
Jason Scorse (Center for the Blue Economy)
Justin Mundy (Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation)
Angus Friday (Grenada Ambassador to the United States)


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