WOC announces second sustainable ocean summit
By SeafoodSource staff
25 October, 2012
The World Ocean Council (WOC) has announced it will be holding its second sustainable ocean summit in April of 2013.
Billed as “SOS 2013,” the event, scheduled for April 22 to 24 in Washington, D.C., comes after the success of the WOC’s first-ever summit in 2009 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, according to Sam Walker, group marine science expert for BP International and chairman of the event’s organizing committee.
“SOS 2013 provides a unique, timely global platform for ocean business community to collaborate and advance the development and implementation of industry-driven solutions to ocean sustainability challenges,” Walker said.
This year, the event’s theme will be “Oceans 2050,” according to WOC Executive Director Paul Holthus.
“The SOS will start with a workshop for ocean industries to begin defining the collective ocean industry vision for a healthy and productive global ocean and its sustainable use, development and stewardship,” Holthus said. “The Oceans 2050 visioning process will continue beyond the SOS and contribute to WOC strategy development and program implementation.”
The event is geared toward leaders of virtually every industry connected to the world’s oceans, from shipping to fisheries to aquaculture to insurance. Even organizers also welcome representatives from governments, academic institutions, and environmental organizations.
The summit will cover a variety of topics related to ocean sustainability, including regulations and governance, invasive species, biofouling and marine mammal interactions.
25 October, 2012