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Jeff Benoit is the Director of Coastal and Ocean Programs at SRA
International in Arlington, Virginia. From 1993 to 2001, he served as
Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA)
Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM).
Rick Burroughs (re-elected to second term) is a professor in the
Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island. He has
published on ecosystem management, participated in the Pew Commission,
and testified before Congress on topics related to the ecosystem approach.
A special thank you to outgoing TCS officers and directors:
Tom Bigford (Director) has been a TCS member since 1976, was TCS Secretary from 1980-82, Bulletin Editor from 1979-1994, Executive Director from 1991-94 and Board member and Chair of the Membership Committee from 2004-06. In his many roles with TCS, he has always offered wisdom and original ideas.
Chad Nelson (Director) served two full terms with TCS during which he was Chair of the Development Committee and provided unique insight and invaluable energy.
Lindsay Fullenkamp (Secretary) served as Chair of the Communications Committee, and brought organization, attention to detail, and leadership to the Board of directors during her tenure.
John Duff (Past-President) provided vital leadership for six years as President-Elect, President and Past President (and numerous committee positions), implementing critical Society and Board initiatives while serving in those roles.
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Dear TCS Members,
For the past few months, The Coastal Society has been working with a Salvadoran nongovernmental organization (NGO), MARES, to establish a relationship of mutual aid. Our first goal has been realized with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that calls for cooperation in addressing coastal issues; promoting educational outreach and coastal conservation; developing science-based ecological information; and ensuring preparedness, professionalism and continuing education of coastal resource managers.
Under this MOU, The Coastal Society (TCS) through its Board of Directors and volunteer members will act as a "Technical Advisor," providing recommendations for activities that MARES will develop and implement in El Salvador.
This is a first (and very positive) attempt by TCS to reach out to the international NGO community, to spread our message and our expertise, and to assist other countries (particularly those in need of technical support) in addressing emerging coastal challenges. While actual implementation of projects will not happen before early 2007 (planning is underway for an ecological and social baseline study of the Los Cobanos Marine Protected Area), we see this as a very significant step toward expanding the implementation of TCS' mission to other coasts around the world.
"MARES" was established in 2006 (formerly active and known as EcoMarina, founded in 2001) and its objectives are to:
TCS will work to assist with the training needs of MARES members, local stakeholders, and coastal trust resources. We will encourage our members to provide support and advice when possible to MARES in resolving coastal management issues, defining future management challenges, meeting research and technology needs, and advancing educational programs.
MARES and TCS will jointly:
MARES' expression of gratitude towards the support to be received from TCS is summarized in a letter by its President Roberto Lopez:
is a pleasure and honor for FUNDACION MARES and its Board of Directors,
founders and members, to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with
an organization of such known reputation as THE COASTAL SOCIETY. The advice
and guidance that TCS would provide MARES is going to help develop projects
that will benefit our coastal environments and the local communities.
I want to welcome MARES as TCS' first participant in a network of international NGOs working together, under a common vision and goals to actively address coastal challenges by fostering dialogue, forging partnerships, and promoting communication and education.
Cuschnir, a member of the Board of Directors of TCS, is Director for Coastal
Programs at the Louis Berger Group, Inc. in Washington, D.C. He manages
coastal programs and coastal management projects worldwide, forming partnerships
with private, non-profit, and government organizations in Latin America,
the Middle East, and Asia.
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I do too, but with all due deference to the incomparable vision of our
third and most cultivated President I believe that it's important to embrace
both the past and the future, while living fully in the present. As outgoing
TCS President, I'm pleased with the many accomplishments of The Coastal
Society during the past two years, but am also eagerly looking forward
to the days ahead.
But we won't rest on this. Already, results from a web-based membership survey are being analyzed in preparation for a Board of Directors retreat designed to examine all aspects of TCS to better serve our members. We are also in preliminary discussions with the University of Delaware to create another new student chapter, are expanding our reach into more international efforts, and are very happy to officially welcome our new President-Elect, Secretary and Board members on the first of next year. Many congratulations to Jeff Benoit, Amy Blizzard, Tali Engoltz, and Susan White for their successful election to TCS management, and a hearty re-welcome to Rick Burroughs who won re-election to the Board.
We also all owe a great deal of thanks to our outgoing Board officers and directors: John Duff, Tom Bigford, Chad Nelson, and Lindsay Fullenkamp. Through their tireless work and years of devotion each gave so much of themselves to move TCS ahead. They're also great people to know and work with. I'm very pleased to call all of them both colleagues and friends.
And therein lies the point. Despite all of the conferences, meetings, Bulletins, daily activities, etc., it's the people, directors and members alike --- their spirit, desire, talents and caring --- that represent the true nature of our organization. I'm extremely proud and very humbled to have been given the opportunity to serve as TCS President these past two years. It's been a wonderful and challenging experience, both personally and professionally, that I'll always treasure. Unfortunately, I do not possess the adroit writing skill to adequately thank everyone within these few paragraphs, but I am certainly indebted to, among others, our directors past and present, student chapter leaders, sponsors, volunteers, Judy Tucker, Ellen Gordon and, most of all, our members.
Fortunately for me, I now slide into the role of Past-President and look forward to working with all of you in a different, yet still rewarding, capacity. As many important challenges and opportunities remain we should all be heartened that the Presidency of TCS will reside in the extremely capable hands of Kristen Fletcher. Thank you very much for all of your support and kindness, and let's keep working together as an organization to better understand and protect our invaluable coasts and oceans.
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In the blink of an eye, 2005 became 2006, becomes 2007. TCS20 is behind us; 2008 and TCS21 will, no doubt, arrive faster than we can imagine. Here in the USA, where mid-term elections have changed things up a bit in Congress, we are looking forward to the new year with great interest. As we bid goodbye to the current year, may the season bring you a measure of peace and happiness. See you in 2007!
Loss of a Dear Friend and Colleague - Susan Snow-Cotter
The Coastal Society, along with a host of others, lost a great friend and colleague when Susan Snow-Cotter passed away in December. As Director of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, Susan had a significant influence on the development of sound coastal policy. More importantly though, it is Susan's spirit and determination that will be her legacy. Susan mentored countless young professionals in her work over the years and was forever looking for opportunities that would enable people to bring their passion to their work.
I saw Susan a few days before she passed away and she showed the same positive spirit and hopeful attitude that has long been a part of her character. She knew that she was facing a particularly aggressive ailment, yet she persevered with her family and professional responsibilities in the face of it all.
Sunday Boston Globe published an article outlining Susan's remarkable
achievements and it tells a great story of a remarkable woman who cherished
her family and her work:
Those who knew how highly Susan prized education as a means to achieve one's goals will be heartened to know that a fund has been established to support her children's education. Donations in Susan's memory may be made to The Snow-Cotter Family Education Fund, c/o Hingham Institution for Savings, 55 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043-2590.
I will miss her and I'm sure I am not alone.
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In a fractured set of opinions, the Supreme Court vacated the Sixth Circuit's decisions because it had applied an incorrect standard in deciding whether federal jurisdiction extended to tributaries of navigable waterways. Justices Scalia, Thomas, Alito and Chief Justice Roberts formed the plurality while Justices Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg and Breyer formed the dissent. Because no majority exists in the case, the standard to be applied upon remand is that of the concurring opinion by Justice Kennedy.
of the Decision
Lew is a third year law student at Roger Williams University School of
Law. He received his BA in Rhetoric and Communication from SUNY Albany
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OF BIODIVERSITY LOSS ON OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS
OF WORLD SEAFOOD PREDICTED IF CURRENT TRENDS CONTINUE
U.S. CONGRESS APPROVES OFFSHORE DRILLING Hours before adjourning for the year, the U.S. Congress on Saturday, December 9 sent President George W. Bush legislation that would open 8.3 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and natural gas drilling and redistribute billions of dollars in royalties to four Gulf States. The drilling measure was wrapped into a broad tax and trade package that the U.S. Senate approved by a 79-9 vote, hours after the House of Representatives approved it. The offshore legislation ends a 25-year ban on drilling in deep waters about 125 miles south of Florida's Panhandle, but extends a moratorium on drilling in other Florida waters until 2022. http://www.washingtontonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/09/AR2006120900334.html (Washington Post)
DEBRIS IN THE WORLD'S OCEANS
TO RESUME COMMERCIAL WHALE HUNTS
ON US POPULATION AND ENVIRONMENT
ISSUES FINAL RULE RELATED TO PRE-FILING PROCESS FOR LNG FACILITIES
RAW SEWAGE IN COASTAL AREAS, DECREASED OIL AND CHEMICAL THREATS
MAY BE ICE-FREE BY SUMMER 2040
LIFE, MARINE STYLE, HIGHLIGHTS 2006 OCEAN CENSUS
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Carolina University (ECU)
In October, two members traveled to the North Carolina Seafood Festival in Morehead City to help the Duke Chapter run their fundraising booth. It was a fun and frenzied day of making and selling shrimp kabobs, and we thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and connect with fellow student members.
In November, we held our second annual Coastal Research Banquet in conjunction with ECU's Coastal Resources Management Program. As in the previous year, the banquet featured presentations on current student research, poster displays and a buffet dinner. This year, however, we added an online auction as a fundraiser, with bids closing on the afternoon of the dinner. The banquet was a smashing success, and the auction was indeed a grand experiment.
Items were donated by local artisans and businesses, and ranged from handcrafted jewelry and a rare print, to a sunset cruise for two and opportunities to experience the shipwreck Queen Anne's Revenge. The auction was conducted on eBay, and was relatively successful. We didn't raise nearly as much money as the Duke Chapter did at their festival booth, but the entire chapter also didn't have to spend a day or two elbow-deep in shrimp goo! Fundraising aside, the events raised our profile, increasing interest in TCS here at ECU.
of Washington (UW)
Brown Bag Seminars are ongoing, lunchtime presentations meant to provide students a way to interact with professors and other professionals in marine-related careers so as to learn more about their research or specialty. On Monday, October 9th, John Delaney, Program Director of project NEPTUNE and Professor of Oceanography at the University of Washington spoke to us. Our November 29 Brown Bag speaker was to be Micah McCarty, Tribal Council Member, Makah Nation. Mr. McCarty is a member of the Makah Nation, a drum maker, and a woodcarver of traditional tribal imagery. He planned to focus on issues of interest to the Makah tribe that are also relevant to marine affairs. Bad weather prevented us from holding the Brown Bag, though we hope to reschedule in the future.
of Rhode Island Chapter (URI)
Chrissy, our co-president this year, has been working hard on our TCS Forums and TCS Socials. To start the semester off, TCS and the Marine Affairs department co-hosted a welcome BBQ for the new Marine Affairs students, complete with veggie burgers and softball. Our regularly scheduled events have included five TCS Forums and five TCS Socials, taking place on alternating weeks throughout the semester. TCS chapter meetings follow each Forum.
The highlight of our Socials was an evening in which Marine Affairs, Oceanography, Resource Economics, and Natural Resources Science graduate students all celebrated together, happily toasting one another. To date, these are the most URI departments ever to have joined in one event.
Our Forums have featured: Peter Lord, Environment Reporter for the Providence Journal speaking on state environmental issues and controversies; Dawn Kotowicz, Marine Affairs PhD candidate on her research on recovery and resilience in tsunami-ravaged Thailand; Carissa Lord, Secretary of the Rhode Island Surfrider Foundation Chapter, and Kira Stillwell, Board Member of Surfrider (National), updating us on Surfrider Foundation's activities and programs and potential for collaboration; Dwight Coleman, Director of Research for the Institute of Exploration at Mystic Aquarium, on recent expeditions and discoveries of underwater archaeological sites; and Steven Smith, Executive Director of the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District on "Growth in Southeastern Massachusetts: Coastal Conflicts and Regional Solutions."
Dan, our other co-president this year has been busy creating more and varied outside events. Since the semester began, TCS has been involved in more than a half-dozen beach clean-ups in the Narragansett/Newport/Jamestown area and took part in the annual October Trick or Trash event put on by the Surfrider Foundation and Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. Other events have included a field trip to the Working Waterfronts Festival in New Bedford, Massachusetts, a bicycle trip to Block Island and Champlain's Marina, and informal monthly surf film get-togethers in Westerly. The TCS-URI board also promoted and encouraged many events, speakers, and presentations as part of Coastweeks 2006, as well as partnering with the Environmental Law Society at nearby Roger Williams University to increase participation at events hosted by both our organizations.
Additionally, TCS is in the process of securing a Right-of-Way (ROW) designation through application to the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). Once this location is designated, TCS would organize monthly clean-ups on the trail and beach, thereby ensuring that the spot is being used by the public, a key requirement for right-of-way status. Although our particular "spot" is "on appeal", we have been busy researching and uncovering the legal history behind it as a TCS project, and for the CRMC. Finally, while this project is underway, an alternative, temporary ROW is being selected for TCS.
Finally, Sarah, our treasurer, has been raising funds from membership dues by expanding our local chapter membership. Next semester, we will be using these funds to host a career information panel comprised of URI alumni in various coastal fields. We are also in the process of opening a bank account through the University of Rhode Island
On September 23, 2006, within the scope of the Triathlon, TCS hosted more than 65 participants at Piver's Island, home of the Duke University Marine Laboratory. The event raised over $500 which was donated to the Neuse Rover Foundation, and was the first time the Duke student Chapter of TCS met this donation goal without the help of the University. This is a major accomplishment in our eyes as a student chapter, and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Beaufort events coordinator, Kelly O'Rourke. It is of special note that the student officers here decided, based on her outstanding performance in furthering the ideals of The Coastal Society, to nominate Kelly for a national TCS award.
When our chapter found out that there was no such award, we set to work, with the assistance of Dr. Mike Orbach (our faculty liaison) and the help of TCS President Paul Ticco and Executive Director Judy Tucker, to create an award recognizing a student member for outstanding service to TCS. This work culminated in a particular section of the national survey sent out this fall, and will, we hope, conclude with the establishment of the award, perhaps as early as January 2007.
On October 7th, The Duke University chapter played host to the wonderful folks of the East Carolina chapter at the annual North Carolina Seafood festival in Morehead City, NC. The event was a total success, with both groups working hard to spread the word on sustainable seafood while serving shrimp kabobs to the myriad crowds at the event. The booth raised $350 for Restore America's Estuaries, and was a major public display for both East Carolina and Duke University's chapters of The Coastal Society.
for the next semester and beyond, our chapter will be planning an event
in the spring. The student chapter is traditionally inactive then, but
as current officers, we feel that one event is feasible, and would be
a good primer for the incoming officers of next year's class. Duke TCS
will also be helping the newly created student chapter of The American
Fisheries Society get on its feet, with talk of further splitting efforts
at the seafood booth at next year's Seafood Festival to help that new
chapter along. We'll be keeping busy, with much to look toward!
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Pete Beach, FL at TCS 20
Attendance: There were about 30 people in attendance. President Paul Ticco welcomed everyone, recognized new TCS Board member Patrick Christie and ex-officio member Kimberly Lellis, and started self-introductions around the room.
Expanded Activities: Ticco reported that TCS was beginning to expand its activities. He noted that in the past year TCS had sponsored events at the NE Regional CZM Partners Workshop, the Coastal and Ocean Managers meeting and the TCS student chapter at East Carolina University Ph.D. program. A seminar series and frequent network gatherings in the DC Metro area were held. A new student chapter at the University of Hawaii was forming.
TCS has intentionally limited the size of its conferences to retain their character, but it could scale up the size of its membership somewhat to help cover some of the fixed costs of the organization. Turnover of membership, especially student members, is a concern which TCS will study. New chapters would increase the opportunity for active involvement in TCS. To help direct the future plans of the organization, TCS will be distributing to the membership a questionnaire about the mission of the organization and suggestions for possible long range plans for TCS.
Bulletin: Editor Ellen Gordon reported that there will be a special issue of the TCS Bulletin published to reflect the events of TCS 20 which can be used to share the solutions found at the conference with the TCS membership and others interested in coastal and ocean issues.
Robert W. Knecht Award for Professional Promise: Ticco announced that a new TCS award will be presented at TCS conferences to a rising professional in the field of coastal and ocean management who, in their early career, best emulates the vigor, dedication, vision and generosity of Robert W. Knecht.
CRRF: A fundraising effort to aid the Gulf states in their recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (the Coastal Resource Recovery Fundraiser) is underway at the conference. Recipients will be local organizations working to rebuild and develop new planning regimes for the coastal areas in those states.
TCS21: The next conference will be in 2008. Proposals for its location should be forwarded to Ticco. TCS would also like to announce the location for TCS-22 ASAP.
Strategic Planning Retreat: The TCS Board will be having a long-range strategic planning meeting early next year to develop new strategies for TCS, examine the mission and bylaws of TCS, and discuss membership, cost of membership, the possible expansion of student chapters, the roles of Board members and committees, the possible wider dissemination of the Coastal Management Journal, and many other issues. Results of surveys to members, former members and students will play a role in determining the future of TCS.
Board Elections: Ticco reported that elections to the Board this year will result in a turnover of at least three Board members, and the President-Elect position.
Format of Next Annual Meeting: Ticco requested that suggestions for getting more TCS members to attend the Annual Meeting, or a new format or venue for holding it, should be sent to him.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 am.
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Water Resources Association's Third Annual Natural Resources Policy Dialogue
Conference on Coastal Conservation and Managmenet in the Atlantic and
Waterways & Waterfronts - A National Symposium on Water Access
International Symposium on Digital Earth
Symposium on ICZM
International Conference on the Environment
World Conference on Disaster Management
Symposium On Marine Protected Areas
Conference on Management and Restoration of Coastal Dunes