Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Washington Forum: Emerging Issues in Deep-Sea Policy

Date and Time
Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
1201 New York Avenue NW, Suite 1110, Washington, D.C. 20005


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Industrialization in the deep sea continues to expand, perhaps at a rate that exceeds improvements in science and governance. In the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions' first Washington Forum lecture, a panel of experts will discuss emerging issues in deep sea governance, science, and industrialization.

Panelists will discuss the history behind United States involvement in deep sea mineral exploration, the role of sanctuaries in deep sea protection, international governance challenges, and emerging discoveries as well as scientific inquiry in the deep sea. The panel will be moderated by Linwood Pendleton, director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute.


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Speakers will include:

  • Peter Oppenheimer, chief, International Section, NOAA's Office of the General Counsel
  • James Kraska, Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar at the Duke Marine Lab
  • Daniel J. Basta, director of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
  • Craig McLean, deputy assistant administrator for programs and administration, NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
  • Kristina Gjerde, High Seas Policy Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Sally Yozell, Director of Policy, NOAA