2017 Public Policy Forum


Thank you for attending 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 | Agenda
Reception 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106



Program & Speaker Bios Summary (coming soon)


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 (Panel Slides 65MB)

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

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.

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


3:00 PM

Congressman Jared Polis (Earth and Space Science Caucus Chair; CO-2)

3:15 PM

Panel – Food Security (Panel Slides 72MB)


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

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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