2017 Public Policy Forum


Please join us for the 2017 Public Policy Forum:

Feeding the Future: An Ocean of Opportunity

March 8, 2017, 8:30am-6:00pm
Reserve Officers Association Building
One Constitution Avenue NE, Washington D.C.
Directions to the Forum | Draft Agenda
Reception 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106


8:15 AM               Registration and Continental Breakfast (provided)

9:00 AM               Welcome Remarks (Dr. Jackie Dixon, Chair of Ocean Leadership Board of Trustees; RADM Jon White, Ocean Leadership President and CEO)

9:30 AM              Panel – Food Safety

Presentations and discussion regarding the seafood safety, including seafood fraud, safety factors of developing new marine food sources, and maintaining current ones.

  • Moderator: Dr. Megan Davis, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
  • Dr. John Paul, University of South Florida
  • Mr. Bill Dewey, Taylor Shellfish Farms
  • Mr. Peter Koufopoulos, Seafood Safety Division, HHS

11:00 AM            Leadership Roundtable 

The discussion will bring leaders of the food safety and food security communities together to discuss the ocean’s contribution to these topics, as well as science needs and policy implications.

  • Moderator: David Golden, Eastman Chemical
  • Congressman Don Young, House Oceans Caucus Co-Chair
  • Congressman Jim McGovern, House Hunger Caucus Co-Chair
  • Congressional Food Safety Caucus Chair; invited
  • Congressional Shellfish Co-Chair; invited

12:00 PM             Mr. John Henderschedt (Presidential Task Force on Combating IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud) 

12:30 PM             Lunch (provided)

1:30 PM               Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (House Oceans Caucus Co-Chair; OR-1)

1:45 PM               RADM Paul Becker (Keynote Address: Feeding 10 Billion)

2:30 PM               Break

3:00 PM               Congressman Jared Polis ( Earth and Space Science Caucus Chair; CO-2)

3:15 PM               Panel – Food Security

Presentations and discussion regarding the ocean’s role in a secure food supply, both from the sea and land.

  • Moderator: Dr. Rick Grosberg, University of California, Davis
  • Dr. Carol Anne Clayson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Dr. Michael Rubino, NOAA
  • Mr. Sebastian Belle, Maine Aquaculture Association
  • Legislative Perspective

4:45 PM              Senator Roger Wicker (Senate Oceans Caucus Co-Chair; MS)

5:00 PM             Dr. Beth Dunford (Global Food Security Strategy; invited)

5:15 PM              Recommendations (Panel Moderators)

5:45 PM              Closing Remarks (RADM Jon White, Ocean Leadership President and CEO)

6:00 PM             Reception (Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106)


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