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The U.S. Department of State will host the “Our Ocean” Conference – focused on sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and ocean acidification – on June 16-17, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
(From the U.S. Department of State) – Conference participants will include experts from around the world who will explain the state of the science on each issue, explore the challenges facing the oceans, and share the solutions that are being applied successfully. Read the full story »
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