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Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Forum

Challenges and Opportunities


December 1-2, 2008
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland




BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Forum took place on December 1st and 2nd of 2008 at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland. The forum was attended by 149 participants from a variety of governmental organizations, environmental groups, industry representatives, and academic institutions. The forum was organized to address a number of pressing issues in the Mid-Atlantic region and to facilitate new multi-stakeholder dialogue and regional collaboration regarding present and future ocean issues in this region.

The Mid-Atlantic region is characterized by a great variety of industries, coastal communities, and aquatic ecosystems. However, there are a number of issues and threats common to the region. The forum sought to address important issues and common threats to the region as a whole, as well as to begin to establish lines of communication among various entities affected by these issues. Forum panels focused on first characterizing the Mid-Atlantic seascape and threats to its aquatic health, then presenting and examining options for addressing these issues. Breakout sessions then discussed these options and how to further develop regional approaches to Mid-Atlantic ocean issues.

The main objectives of the forum were as follows:

  • Promote dialogue and exchange of information among state, federal, industry, academic, and nongovernmental participants about regional ocean issues
  • Clarify issues and stakeholder perspectives regarding potential benefits from coordinated actions and regional approaches
  • Assess the status of regional ocean research, mapping, and information systems and tools
  • Share lessons learned from other regional initiatives and pilot projects and identify avenues for continued dialogue, future information sharing, and cooperation among Mid-Atlantic entities and stakeholders


FORUM REPORT

FORUM AGENDA  pdf



PRESENTATIONS



BREAKOUT SESSION DISCUSSION
  • Breakout Discussion Summaries (Forthcoming)


CONFERENCE ATTENDEES  pdf



CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS

Mr. Jay Odell
The Nature Conservancy
Virginia Program
Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain
Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy
University of Delaware
Mr. Tony MacDonald
Urban Coast Institute
Monmouth University
New Jersey
Ms. Kristen Fletcher
Coastal States Organization
Washington D.C.
Ms. Laura Cantral
Joint Ocean Commission Initiative
Washington D.C.
Dr. Kathryn Mengerink
Environmental Law Institute
Washington D.C.


CONTACT

For further inquiries about the forum, please contact:

Ms. Shelby M. Hockenberry
Coordinator
Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy
University of Delaware
smhocken@udel.edu
Tel. +1-302-831-8086
Fax: +1-302-831-3668



PHOTO SOURCES

The Nature Conservancy Virginia Program
Maryland Sea Grant and Pennsylvania Sea Grant


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The Nature Conservancy Center for Marine Policy University of Delaware Monmouth University Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Coastal States Organization Environmental Law Institute