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Monmouth University

400 Cedar Avenue

West Long Branch, NJ 07764

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The Mid-Atlantic Blue Ocean Economy encompasses ocean-based industries, as well as the natural assets and ecosystem services that the ocean provides. There is a need to improve our understanding and appropriately value the ocean so it can be properly factored into our efforts to meet future challenges and enable us clearly communicate the importance of investing in a healthy ocean and a robust Blue Ocean Economy.

The Mid-Atlantic BLUE Ocean Economy 2030 forum will bring together leading scientists, policymakers, conservationists, business and community leaders, and communicators to identify opportunities to promote, protect and prosper from the region's largest and most important natural asset -- the ocean.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Identify the most important factors driving the future of the Blue Ocean Economy and enhancing the value of marine ecosystems.
  • Identify relevant observing, scientific and technological innovations that would strengthen the sustainable development of the ocean economy.
  • Articulate the importance of the healthy and thriving Mid-Atlantic Ocean to our quality of life and future prosperity, and communications strategies to carry these messages forward.

The forum will focus on future trends influencing important ocean industries -- transportation, energy, fisheries, natural resources and ecosystem services, and travel & tourism, and the impacts of changes in the ocean environment such as ecosystem shift, ocean noise, sea level rise and ocean acidification. Attendees will identify trends, shared and common goals, impediments to supporting the Blue Ocean Economy, as well as actions to better align economic growth opportunities and the health of the ocean. Day two will examine how the frame of the Blue Economy and shared goals identified can be used to capture the attention of the public and communicate the importance of the ocean.

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The forum will be hosted by the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute with its partner, the Rockefeller University Program for the Human Environment.

THIS EVENT IS INVITATION ONLY. For more information, please email uci@monmouth.edu or call (732) 263-5392.

HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard Marriott Tinton Falls-Eatontown, located at 600 Hope Road in Tinton Falls, NJ. To reserve a room at the group rate, please call (732) 389-2100 and advise that you’re part of the Ocean Forum Room Block by Thursday, Sept. 21. After that date, the rooms will be released for general sale on a first-come, first-serve basis. Transportation to and from the hotel and forum/Monmouth University campus will be available.

Guests may also consider the following hotel options: Ocean Place Resort & Spa, Long Branch; the Holiday Inn Express, West Long Branch; and The Sheraton, Eatontown.

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