Posted on March 31, 2017 by Jenna Valente
Four Healthy Ocean Coalition (HOC) members representing the American Littoral Society, Conservation Law Foundation, and Ocean Conservancy traveled to Washington, D.C. at the end of February to attend the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association’s (ASBPA) 2017 Coastal Summit.
Founded in 1926, the ASBPA boasts a longstanding dedication to preserving, protecting, and enhancing our nation’s coastal zones by merging science and policy. By hosting events like the 2017 Summit and coastal conferences, the ASBPA provides a platform for the nation’s leading coastal researchers and managers to expand their networks, engage in the latest science, and address complex climate challenges through collaboration. The 2017 Coastal Summit highlighted this year’s coastal legislative agenda, what the ‘new normal’ looks like in a new administration, and best practices for moving forward through 2017 and beyond.
As part of the Summit, attendees were offered an opportunity to meet with leadership from federal agencies as well as encouraged to set up meetings with their local congressional representatives. Advocacy is central to HOC’s mission, so the members in attendance were pleased to meet with personnel from both the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Senator Markey’s office to discuss coastal resilience, the National Ocean Policy, and regional ocean planning.
The HOC thanks the ASBPA for coordinating events like the 2017 Costal Summit along with BOEM’s and Senator Markey’s offices for engaging in valuable conversations, recognizing the importance of our fragile, yet resilient, ocean ecosystem, and working to protect and sustainably manage them into the future.