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UNH Dean Andy Rosenberg Part of U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy Regional Public Meetings in Boston July 23-24

Site Visit to UNH July 22 Precedes Meeting

By Sharon Keeler
UNH News Bureau

July 19, 2002

Editors/News Directors: Interviews with commissioners are available. Please call Kate Naughten at 202-309-5476 to schedule. To set up an interview with University of New Hampshire Dean Andy Rosenberg, call 603-862-1453.

DURHAM, N.H. -- Fisheries management, aquaculture, water quality and regional coordination of ocean policy are among the key issues marine experts and area officials will discuss at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the Presidentially- appointed U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy July 23 to 24 in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall.

The public meetings will feature remarks by top ocean scientists, environmental organizations, citizens and government officials on the impact of federal, state and municipal ocean policies on business, conservation and recreation in the Northeast.

A press briefing with Commission Chairman Admiral James Watkins (USN) Ret., and local commissioners Andy Rosenberg, dean of the University of New Hampshire's College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, and Robert Ballard, explorer-in-residence for the National Geographic Society and former oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will take place at 12:10 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, at Faneuil Hall.

Prior to the public meetings, members of the commission will conduct site visits that include stops at ocean-related facilities throughout the Northeast, including the University of New Hampshire.

The site visits Monday, July 22, will focus on marine and coastal issues important throughout the Northeast. Commissioners will visit UNH from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Presentations and discussions will take place on several key issues including ocean mapping, ocean observing systems and cooperative research with fisheries.

Featured speakers include Larry Mayer, director of the UNH Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping; Jonathan Pennock, director of the UNH Marine Program; Troy Hartley, director of the Northeast Consortium and assistant director of N.H. Sea Grant; Carl Bouchard, captain of the F/V "Stormy Weather" based in Hampton; and Pingguo He, UNH Cooperative Extention specialist on fishing gear technology.

The Northeast Regional Meeting is the seventh of nine stops for the 16-member commission, which is conducting similar site visits and public meetings in the nation's coastal regions over the next three months. Based on the information gathered at the public meetings and its in-depth analysis of U.S. coastal policies, the commission will be compiling recommendations for the development of a comprehensive federal ocean policy to effectively preserve and utilize the world's oceans and their resources.

The commissions findings and recommendations will be presented to Congress and the President in a final report in 2003.

For more information on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy go to the Web site: http://www.oceancommission.gov. For complete agendas on the UNH visit or the Boston meetings, contact Kate Naughten, U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, at 202-309-5476 or Sharon Keeler, UNH News Bureau, at 603-862-1566.

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