Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Maritime Issues On Tap for Arctic Encounter Symposium

The second annual Arctic Encounter Symposium gets under way at the University of Washington and Museum of History and Industry in Seattle on Jan 30, with a focus on the role of the US as an Arctic nation in its upcoming council chairmanship. Participants, including industry leaders, policy makers and regional stakeholders will tackle topics in the maritime, energy, science and technology sectors.

The goal of the 2015 symposium is to facilitate a creative environment for development of a proactive agenda, short and long term domestic and international priorities, and a strategic execution plan.

Speakers will include Captain John Reeves of the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy, and Vice Admiral Charles Ray, Pacific area commander for the US Cost Guard Defense Force West, who will deliver a keynote address on the first day of the two day event.

Symposium participants will also hear discussions on the current status and continuing need for science-informed policy in the rapidly changing Arctic and resource manager perspectives on energy development and conservation in the US Arctic. The complete agenda is online at

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