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UNH Scientists Participate In Capitol Hill Oceans Week 2004

Contact: Sharon Keeler
UNH Media Relations

June 1, 2004

DURHAM, N.H. -- University of New Hampshire scientists will participate in one of the most important events of the year for exchanging ideas about ocean issues and policies.

UNH Professors Andy Rosenberg and Larry Mayer will travel to Washington, D.C., June 9-10, 2004 to take part in Capitol Hill Oceans Week 2004.

In its fourth year, it is coordinated by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and will focus on key ocean issues divided into two programs: “Managing Our Marine Resources” and “Wonders of the Ocean World: Exploring and Educating.”

Rosenberg, professor in UNH’s Department of Natural Resources and Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, will be a panelist during the June 9 session, “What is an Ecosystem and Why is it Important?”

Mayer, director of UNH’s Center for Coastal Mapping, will be a panelist during the June 10 session, “Exploring Our Oceans.”

This year’s keynote speakers will include Admiral James D. Watkins (USN-Retired), chair of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and Jean-Michel Cousteau, trustee of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and President of the Ocean Futures Society.

Capitol Hill Oceans week attracts a wide range of stakeholders, including members of Congress and the Executive Branch, Capitol Hill staff, leaders from industry and academia, experts from nonprofits, and others concerned about the oceans.