PUGET SOUND ACTION TEAM

March 29, 2005 11:50 ET

National Experts Sound Off on the State of the Puget Sound at Puget Sound Georgia Basin Research Conference; Leaders from U.S., Canada Gather to Discuss Region's Ocean Health


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MARCH 29, 2005 - 11:50 ET

National Experts Sound Off on the State of the Puget
Sound at Puget Sound Georgia Basin Research
Conference; Leaders from U.S., Canada Gather to
Discuss Region's Ocean Health

SEATTLE--(CCNMatthews - Mar 29, 2005) -

More than 700 scientists, tribal and government leaders and academic
experts will come together March 29-31, 2005 at the Puget Sound Georgia
Basin Research Conference at the Washington State Convention Center.
Included among the many topics to be covered are Orca recovery, Hood
Canal restoration, oil spill prevention and response, Puget Sound toxic
waste prevention, tourism, and potential effects of global warming in
Puget Sound.

Held once every two years, the conference features top researchers
sharing the latest developments on issues facing Puget Sound and British
Columbia's Georgia Basin. The conference is co-hosted by Washington's
Puget Sound Action Team, based in the Office of the Governor, and
Environment Canada.

"The Puget Sound Georgia Basin is a treasured resource -- thousands of
species depend on the ecosystem for their survival," said Puget Sound
Action Team director Brad Ack. "The Puget Sound's health is also
critical for humans. This conference is the premier way for us to share
the expertise that will guide planning, management, and restoration of
the area so important to how we live, work and play."

In addition to the technical presentations, notable events include:

-- Tribal welcome by Terry Williams of the Tulalip Tribes

-- Washington Governor Christine Gregoire will address participants
about her vision for the future of Puget Sound during a lunchtime
session Tuesday, March 29

-- Keynote address by Dr. Joe Gaydos of the SeaDoc society -- "Research
and Conservation in the Puget Sound Georgia Basin: where we've been and
where we are going"

A public panel on Wednesday evening will include political leaders
discussing their views on turning science into action regarding policy,
legislation and regulation. The panel includes King County Executive Ron
Sims, Former Mayor of Vancouver and former Premier of British Columbia
Mike Harcourt, Tracy Collier, Director of the Environmental Conservation
Division of NOAA Fisheries and U.S. Representative Jay Inslee.

"The Puget Sound Georgia Basin is a resource that benefits our whole
region," said conference co-host David Fraser of Environment Canada.
"The Puget Sound Georgia Basin Research conference is a perfect forum
for experts from the U.S. and Canada to come together and share the
scientific findings that will keep the region healthy for future
generations."

Full conference details and schedule are available at:

http://www.engr.washington.edu/epp/psgb/save.html

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    PRR for Puget Sound Action Team
    Carey Evenson, 206-919-9995 (c)
    cevenson@prrbiz.com
    or
    Environment Canada
    Lisa Vitols, 604-713-9524 (w)
    604-787-1363 (c)
    lisa.vitols@ec.gc.ca