Marine experts to convene on ocean policy

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Marine experts will testify this week in Anchorage before the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, beginning Wednesday. The meeting will continue Thursday.

At the seven previous regional hearings, people have raised concerns over coastal population growth, pollution, crashing fish numbers and the ocean's role in climate change, said Terry Schaff, the commission's associate director.

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and Gov. Tony Knowles will speak on ocean issues Wednesday, followed by testimony from 23 panelists.

Created by the Oceans Act of 2000, the presidentially appointed commission has the mission to gather comments. By 2003, it will make recommendations to Congress and the president on a new comprehensive national policy for oceans.

The 16 members include one Alaskan, Anchorage businessman Edward Rasmuson.

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