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Science and Policy Leaders Convene to Discuss Threats to the World's Oceans


WASHINGTON, DC, October 18, 2004 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
Leading experts from the scientific and policy communities, including commission members, will examine environmental challenges facing the global commons, the oceans at "Ocean Rescue: The Case for Action," the 2004 ELI—Miriam Hamilton Keare Policy Forum, presented by the Environmental Law Institute.

During the past 18 months, two national commissions, the Pew Oceans Commission and the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, have issued comprehensive reports and a call for action on the oceans. "We are loving our oceans to death," stated the U.S. Commission.

Today, more than half of Americans live in coastal counties. A host of commercial and recreational businesses depend on ocean resources jeopardized by fisheries depletion, coastal pollution, and habitat destruction. A tangle of 140 federal laws deals with the oceans and coast, resulting in fractured policy and administration. And less than 4% of the U.S. science budget addresses the science and protection of the oceans.

Tackling these issues at the Forum will be Lillian Borrone, former Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Member, U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, Timothy R.E. Keeney, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, US Department of Commerce, Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Oregon State University and Member, Pew Oceans Commission, and Warner Chabot, Vice President, The Ocean Conservancy.

The Forum will be moderated by William M. Eichbaum, Vice President, Endangered Spaces, World Wildlife Fund–US, and a Member of the Board of the Environmental Law Institute.

The ELI—Miriam Hamilton Keare Policy Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2004, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., located at 2500 Calvert St. N.W. It is on the record and open to the press. More information may be found at

The Policy Forum is an annual event held in conjunction with the ELI Award Dinner, which follows the Forum. The 2004 ELI Award will be presented to Dr. Lubchenco by former White House Chief-of-Staff Leon Panetta (Co-Director, Panetta Institute) who will deliver a keynote address.

Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. is an environmental scientist and marine ecologist actively engaged in teaching, research, synthesis and communication of scientific knowledge. She received her doctorate in Ecology and taught at Harvard, and has been the Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Oregon State University since 1978. Her research interests include biodiversity, climate change, sustainability science and the state of the oceans. She is president of the International Council for Science.

Members of the press are also invited to the Award Dinner, which is on the record.

For more information, please contact John Thompson at (703) 939-3833 or

The Environmental Law Institute® is an independent, non-profit research and educational organization based in Washington, DC. The Institute serves the environmental profession in business, government, the private bar, public interest organizations, academia, and the press.

For further information from the Environmental Law Institute, please contact John Thompson at 202-939-3833 or

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