Heceta Head Coastal Conference

This is a daily event, running from October 26, 2012 through October 27, 2012. Florence Events Center.
FLORENCE – Global connections across the Pacific - in science, economics and policies - and how these things affect Oregon's ocean are the focus of the eighth annual Heceta Head Coastal Conference, Oct. 26-27 at the Florence Events Center.

Scientists, policy-makers and community leaders – including Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes and Oregon State University marine mammal specialist Bruce Mate - will address the theme “Oregon's Oceans: Bringing the High Seas Home” during the two-day conference, which is open to the public.

The conference will also feature its second annual student poster session, an opportunity for graduate students from Oregon universities to present their own research and discuss it in an informal setting with interested conference goers.

The first lady will kick off the conference with a dinner speech on “Healthy Ocean, Healthy Economy, Healthy Oregon” at 5 pm Friday.

Saturday's talks and panels include a number of OSU researchers (oceanographer Jack Barth, marine zoologist Francis Chan, sociologist Flaxen Conway, and fisheries ecologist Jessica Miller), along with state Representative Arnie Roblan, representatives of the Pacific Shellfish Growers' Association, the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission , on topics ranging from the migration of albacore tuna to the challenges and opportunities facing Oregon's coastal communities to the international laws governing use of the oceans.

The afternoon will include panel discussions on two topics: Hypoxia and ocean acidification in the Pacific, and Tsunami Debris.

Dr. Mate, chair of the OSU Marine Mammal Institute, will close out the conference with a keynote speech on whale migrations and critical habitats.

Registration is $25 for Friday's dinner and $35 ($25 for students) for Saturday's sessions, including lunch. For registration and other details, including information about discounted overnight lodging in Florence, visit http:www.hecetaheadconference.org

The conference is organized by Heceta Head Coastal Conference, Inc. in partnership with Oregon Sea Grant.

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