The following press release is being distributed on behalf of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

1120 20th Street, NW, Suite 200 North, Washington, DC 20036
202-418-3442, 202-418-3475 fax
www.oceancommission.gov

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release
March 4, 2002

Contact:
]David Roscow, (703) 276-2772 x21
Scott Treibitz, (703) 276-2772 x11
Kate Naughten, (202) 309-5476

 

U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy to Hold Public Meetings in New Orleans March 7-8
Local Officials, Environmentalists, Citizens to Impact New Federal Oceans Policy

Commission to Visit "Ocean Confidences" Oil Rig and Stennis Space Center March 6
News Briefing Set for 10:40 a.m. at the Port of New Orleans March 7

State Secretary of Natural Resources, Chair of Port of Houston Authority,
Chair of Petroleum Finance Company, Director of Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
and Others to Address Commission

Media Note: Interviews with Commissioners Available, Please Call Contact

New Orleans, LA – Secretary Jack Caldwell of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources; James Edmonds, Chair of the Port of Houston Authority; Sandra Fury, a top-level official of the ChevronTexaco Corporation; and Mark Davis, the director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana are among the experts and area officials scheduled to testify at the Gulf of Mexico region meeting of the new presidentially-appointed U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, set for March 6-8, 2002, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Members of the Commission will be conducting site visits to the Ocean Confidences Oil Rig, the Mississippi delta wetlands and Stennis Space Center to view first hand the marine and coastal issues in the Gulf of Mexico region on Wednesday, March 6. (Call contact for information.)

A press briefing will be held at 10:40 a.m., Thursday, March 7, during the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy’s public meeting for the Gulf of Mexico at the Port of New Orleans. The public meetings will feature remarks by top ocean scientists, environmental organizations, citizens and government officials on the impact of federal, state and municipal ocean policies on business and tourism in the Gulf Coast states. (Call contact for complete agenda.)

The Gulf of Mexico meeting is the third of nine stops for the 16-member Commission, which is conducting similar site visits and public meetings in the nation’s coastal regions over the next seven months. Based on the information gathered at the public meetings and its in-depth analysis of U.S. coastal policies, the Commission will be compiling recommendations for the development of a comprehensive federal ocean policy to effectively preserve and utilize the world’s oceans and their resources.

The Commission’s findings and recommendations will be presented to Congress and the President in a final report in the spring of 2003. For more information on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy go to: www.oceancommission.gov.

Highlights of the Ocean Commission’s Gulf of Mexico Region Visit

Wednesday, March 6, 2002

9:30 am Visit Ocean Confidences Oil Rig and Mississippi delta wetlands tour

1:30 pm Visit Stennis Space Center

 

Thursday, March 7, 2002

8:35 am Welcoming Remarks:

Port of New Orleans, First Floor Auditorium
1350 Port of New Orleans Place
New Orleans, LA
Speaker: Dr. Len Bahr, Executive Assistant to the Governor, State of Louisiana

9:25 am- 10:40 a.m. Public Meetings:

Port of New Orleans, First Floor Auditorium

10:40 am News Briefing

Port of New Orleans

Speakers:

11:00 am - 4:30 p.m. Public Meetings:

Port of New Orleans, First Floor Auditorium

4:35 pm - 5:35 pm Public Comment:

Port of New Orleans, First Floor Auditorium

 

Friday March 8, 2002

8:30 am - 12:20 PM Public Meetings:

Port of New Orleans, First Floor Auditorium

12:25 pm - 1:00 pm Public Comment:

Port of New Orleans, First Floor Auditorium