Last Wednesday, we hosted our annual public policy forum. Each year, we select a timely issue, ranging from food security to oil spills to a changing Arctic. This year’s, Power of Partnerships: Advancing Ocean Science and Tech, addressed both interagency partnering and coordination and public-private partnerships and how they can be used as a tool to improve the ocean science and technology enterprise. As we learn more about the ocean, we are continually astounded by the plethora of beneficial relationships that exist between marine organisms. We are at a point where we must maximize resources and capabilities across agencies, sectors, and nations to maintain and restore the health and prosperity of the ocean, and I hope we might emulate the symbiosis among those organisms and advance human partnerships for the greater good of our planet and our future.
Thanks to all who participated – our panelists, moderators, and congressional speakers, as well as the audience. I believe the thoughtful, in-depth discussion will enable great strides in determining how to best utilize existing partnerships, in creating new ones, and in ensuring the efficacy of policies that surround them, all to the advancement of ocean science and technology. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for our proceedings document, photos, and video, which will be available on our website. Keeping with our partnership theme, we merged the public policy forum reception with the one honoring John A. Knauss Fellows. Thanks to the Sea Grant Association and the 500 participants for a great evening. Perhaps the enthusiasm and commitment that were so evident throughout the crowd of ocean partners might just lead to a brighter future for our ocean.
RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.)
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
New Underwater Vehicles to Study Ocean’s Smallest Organisms
A small fleet of state-of-the-art research submersibles are scheduled to launch from Oʻahu tomorrow. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, will be using the underwater vehicles to track, study, and collect ocean microbes.
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