Capitol Hill Oceans Week on your Desktop

By Chris Mooney | June 18, 2007 11:24 am

posted by Sheril R. Kirshenbaum

US_Capitol_Dome_High_Res_Jan_2006.jpgI promised to provide the run down of what went on in DC during Capitol Hill Oceans Week (CHOW) 2007.. three days when the biggest players in the oceans game gathered to discuss current ocean and coastal issues. The usual suspects ranged from marine scientists to fishermen to members of Congress with representatives from federal and state governments, executive agencies, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the mix. Even ocean celebrities Jean-Michel Cousteau and Sylvia Earle were involved.

But why settle for my recap of CHOW when you can now watch what went on from the comfort of your laptop? The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has posted PPT presentations and speaker bios here. And check back in the next few weeks for the upcoming summary report to get a more comprehensive and reader-friendly sense of CHOW ’07.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Politics and Science

Comments (3)

  1. Sheril,

    Tell us what you think, please. Where is ocean policy headed and why? What needs to happen next to make progress?

  2. Sheril Kirshenbaum

    Well Mark, there are all sorts of things to be excited about..

    OCEANS 21, Law of the Sea, and the Ocean Explorations bills to begin with. There was interesting discussion on advances in understanding the impacts of sonar on marine mammals and thoughtful consideration of the influence of Ecosystem Based Management initiatives on current governance regimes. It’s most encouraging that folks are moving toward a more interdisciplinary approach to understanding system dynamics including one session that explored economic drivers. I sense a growing recognition that humans are indeed part of the big picture and there was a recurring theme of the need for better outreach to the public and policymakers with regard to Science Communication. As a matter of fact, I know someone who could tell the group a thing or two about ‘Framing Science.’
    Well, maybe next year.

    Quite a lot packed into three days and I left feeling optimistic and energized – which to me is reflective of what we shared and possible direction for future initiatives.

    It’s my belief that the oceans ‘Time’ has come.


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About Chris Mooney

Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.


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