Waves Newsletter
January 2016

Congressman Sam Farr Congratulates
the Center for the Blue Economy
Congressman Sam Farr has long been an advocate of the oceans and coasts of California.   In fact, the inspiration for the Center for the Blue Economy's National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) came at the suggestion of Congressman Farr.  He currently is cosponsoring a bill called the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act to expand NOAA's efforts toward tracking and finding solutions for this problem.

Meeting with Dr. Judy Kildow (NOEP Director) in the summer of 2015, he asked her to create a report that takes the 15 year data set of the National Ocean Economics Program and separates it into congressional district reports for each of the members of the influential U.S. Space, Science and Technology Committee.  In fall of 2015, Dr. Yunguang "YG" Chen, CBE Research & Data Analyst completed those reports, and earned the Center for the Blue Economy a letter of thanks.    
Students Join United Nations Diplomatic Conference
on Global Ocean Dumping Issues
A delegation of International Environmental Policy students, from the Fall 2015 course titled "Managing International Marine Pollution," attended a meeting of the Contracting Parties to the London Convention and London Protocol on global ocean dumping issues.  The meeting was held at the United Nations' International Maritime Organization in London, UK from October 12-16, 2015.

Students were afforded a unique first-hand view of how nations debate and discuss actual treaty concerns in a major plenary session dealing with actual environmental pollution problems.  The students met several of the delegates during the week of plenary sessions and were able to ask questions about environmental impacts and pollution concerns for wastes dumped at sea. 

Ten Nations Collaborate at First Annual Oceans Symposium
The Center for the Blue Economy hosted the first annual, "Oceans in National Income Accounts Symposium: Seeking Consensus on Definitions and Standards," on October 25-29, 2015 at the Asilomar Conference grounds.   Twenty-six representatives from ten nations (US, China, Korea, Canada, Ireland, Spain, Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia and France) joined in what was a truly unprecedented discussion on the definition and measurement of the ocean economy and the blue economy within national income accounting frameworks.  

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News & Events
"If the oceans die, we die," Dr. Jason Scorse quoted in Monterey Herald article on ocean acidification and its effects on Monterey Bay
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CBE report challenges oil industry backed report on economic benefit of offshore oil and gas     
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Hundreds attend the Sylvia Earle and Deborah Cramer events--videos available  
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Volume II of the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics published 
MOU signed with the
Korea Maritime Institute 
 Wallace J. Nichols comes to campus to talk about "The Blue Mind"
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Sand Wars--CBE partners with Surfrider Foundation to show film on campus
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Students Changing the World  
Second seven-campus MARINE collaboration:
Multidisciplinary Approaches to Coastal Climate Adaptation
Alumni Making Waves
Three prestigious NOAA Sea Grant Fellowships awarded to Class of 2015 Graduates:  Maren Farnum, Jessica Morten, and Melis Okter

Silvia Sanchez (class of 2012) is now the Marine Program Officer at Wild Aid. Congratulations Silvia!
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The CBE Applauds
The Paris Climate Deal:
this Guardian article sums up the momentous agreement 
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BBC's Climate Change InfoGraphics:  visual tools for a complex problem 
Monterey County Weekly article on the Cemex sand plant:  the only only operating sand mine in the U.S. depletes Monterey beaches  
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