- July 22 - News Advisory:
A recent summit of the world's
leading marine mammal scientists concluded that the biggest threat facing whales
and dolphins worldwide is entanglement and accidental drowning in fishing gear.
As the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy opens its public hearing in Boston, world-renowned
scientists will announce the launch of a global rapid response team to address
the problem, working cooperatively with fishermen in regions with species in crisis.
Press conference to offer solutions to dolphin and whale bycatch problem, from
25 leading experts. Scientists will also call on the U.S. Commission on Ocean
Policy to include the issue as a priority for future U.S. marine policy.
Tuesday, July 23, 10:15 a.m.
New England Aquarium conference center
Central Wharf, Boston
-- William Reilly, EPA administrator under President George H.W. Bush and chairman
of the board, World Wildlife Fund
-- Scott Kraus, Ph.D., director
of research, New England Aquarium
-- Andy Rosenberg, Ph.D.,
member of Ocean Commission; dean of Life Sciences College, UNH; former deputy
director of National Marine Fisheries Service
-- Andy Read, Ph.D., assistant
professor of marine conservation biology, Duke University Marine Laboratory; chair
of the International Whaling Commission Small Cetacean Subcommittee
Photo Opportunity: Sample fishing gear and maps will be featured and B-roll provided.