The U.S. Department of State will host the first “Our Ocean” Conference - focused on sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and ocean acidification - on June 16-17, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The conference goal will be to promote a healthier planet by creating a healthier ocean.
Long-time NCEAS Associate and Professor of the Bren School, Ben Halpern, will be speak on the first day of the conference about Ocean Health Index - an assessment designed to evaluate the economic, social, and ecological uses and benefits that people derive from the ocean. As the lead scientist for the Ocean Health Index, Dr. Halpern will join experts in the field to discuss the state of the science on marine issues, explore the challenges facing the oceans, and share the solutions that are being applied successfully.
Secretary of State John Kerry has made ocean issues a top priority for the Department.
The ocean spans three-quarters of the planet and is pivotal to food security, human health, a driving force in the global economy, and home to a vast ecosystem that regulates climate and weather. To ensure the long-term sustainability of the marine environment, it is important for the United States and countries around the world to work together to protect it. "Our Ocean" Conference website.
The partners for the Ocean Health Index include the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UC Santa Barbara, Conservation International, New England Aquarium, and National Geographic. Major support comes from the Beau and Heather Wrigley Foundation and the Founding Presenting Sponsor, the Pacific Life Foundation.