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					                                         Draft Agenda
                                     Beyond the Horizon:

                   A Forum to Discuss a Potential Network of
                        Special Ocean Places to Strengthen
                    The Ecology, Economy and Culture of the
                                       Gulf of Mexico
                                         May 11-13, 2011
                                     Mote Marine Laboratory
                                         Sarasota, Florida

Purposes:
       Build a consensus for establishing ecologically significant protections for key Gulf of
      Mexico sites to ensure that they continue to provide important services to our society.

        Identify mechanisms that allow comprehensive approaches to management as well as
       significant involvement of the public in decision-making.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

6:00 – 9:00pm Reception – Welcome by Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, President, Mote Marine Laboratory

Thursday, May 12, 2011

8:00 – 9:00    Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15    Welcome, Introductions, and Purpose – Dr. Michael Crosby and Dan Basta

9:15 – 9:30    Charge to the Group, Forum Goals - Moderators Dr. Kim Ritchie and Dr. Steve Gittings

9:30 – 10:00   Recommendations to the President by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater
               Horizon Oil Spill – Terry Garcia, Member of the President’s National Commission

10:00 – 10:15 Refreshment Break

10:15 – 10:45 Update on the Gulf of Mexico Restoration Task Force – John Hankinson, Ex Director

10:45 – 11:15 Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Process – Craig O’Connor, NOAA GC
11:15 – 12:30 Improving Ocean Governance in the Gulf of Mexico

                       Overview of Governance, Dr. Richard McLaughlin, Harte RI
                       Department of the Interior Authority – BOEMRE rep
                       NOAA NMFS Authority – NMFS rep
                       NOAA ONMS Authority – ONMS rep
                       USCG/DOD Authority – DOD rep

12:30 – 1:30:   Lunch at the venue

1:30 – 2:30:    Understanding the Uses and Economics of the Gulf of Mexico – Panel

                       Economics of the Gulf of Mexico – Dr. David W. Yoskowitz, Harte
                       Oil and gas – API rep
                       Commercial and Recreational fishing – Dr. Steve Bortone, Ex Dir, GMFMC
                       Recreational Diving – TBD


2:30 – 3:00:    Perspectives and Visions for Protection of the Gulf of Mexico (10 minutes each)

                       George Schmahl – Flower Garden Banks NMS – Management Plan Revision
                       Larry McKinney – Future of the Gulf (include SAC perspective)
                       Clint Moore – The future of energy development


3:00 – 3:30:    Integrating the National Ocean Policy, Coastal Marine Spatial Planning and Connectivity,
                Dr. John Ogden, Professor USF

3:30 – 3:45:    Refreshment Break

3:45 – 4:30:    International Placed-Based Protection Strategies and Partnerships

                       Mexico – Dr. Porfirio Alvarez
                       Belize – Dr. Melanie McField Director, Healthy Reefs for Healthy People
                        Initiative, Smithsonian Institution
                       Cuba – Dr. John W. (Wes) Tunnell, Harte Research Institute


4:30 – 5:30:    Panel - Current Place-Based Protection Strategies (10 minute summaries) (Highlight
                biodiversity, biogeography, habitat diversity, connectivity)

                       Shallow banks and hard bottoms
                       Deep corals
                       Chemosynthetic communities (oil and gas seeps, brine pools, hydrates)
                       Fisheries – recreational and Commercial
                       Artificial Reefs -
                       Aggregation areas (spawning, feeding, nursery – finfish, whales, sharks, turtles)
:       Summary of What We Learned on the First Day

6:00 – 7:00:    Reception at Mote Marine Laboratory


Friday, May 13, 2011

8:00 – 8:30:    Coffee and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45:    Recap of Previous Day

8:45 – 9:30:    The Case for Connectivity in the Northern Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico
                    Ecological connectivity within the Region
                    Connections between existing MPAs

9:30 – 10:30:   Other Relevant On-Going Activities

                             CaMPAN – Caribbean Marine Protected Areas Network
                             Marine Protected Areas Center – Lauren Wenzel
                             GOM Alliance & Gulf CMSP – Buck Sutter
                             Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) – Jyotika
                              Virmani, FIO / Invited
                             Tools in development (Spatial Uses Atlas, Multipurpose Marine Cadastre,
                              GeoPlatform and Emergency Response Management Application, Flower
                              Garden Banks MSP Tool, USGS CoastalMap)

10:30 – 10:45: Refreshment Break

10:45 – 11:00: Charge to Discussion Groups (we may want templates to capture information)

11:00 – 12:00: Break into 4 Discussion Groups;

                Discussion Groups

                      Western Gulf continental shelf shallow banks and hardbottoms
                      Eastern Gulf continental shelf shallow banks and hardbottoms
                      Western Gulf continental slope and deepwater communities
                      Eastern Gulf continental slope and deepwater communities

                and Answer the following:

                   1. What areas/features do you feel deserve special consideration for ecosystem-level
                      protection?
                   2. What characteristics warrant their consideration?
                   3. Are these areas currently protected adequately? If not, what is lacking?
                   4. What options exist to improve protection for these areas?

12:00 – 1:00:   Lunch at the Venue

1:00 – 3:00     Continue the Discussion Groups:
3:00 – 3:15:   Refreshment Break

3:15 – 3:45:   Report Out from 4 Groups

3:45 – 4:15:   Discussion – Next Steps – How can a Gulf MPA Network be designated?

                           Process
                           Merits
                           Challenges

4:15 – 4:30:   Next Steps

4:30 – 5:00:   Summary and Synthesis - Dr. John Ogden

				
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