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House Ocean Caucus sponsors briefing on chemicals of concern in coastal waters, Nov. 17

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This panel brings together leading NOAA scientists and community leaders to discuss research and monitoring of chemicals of concern that enter our coastal waters through run-off, discharge, and other means. With roughly 85,000 chemicals in commercial use in the United States, scientists face major challenges in trying to identify how pervasive these chemicals are in our waters or the potential health impacts they pose to marine wildlife and people. The discussion will highlight NOAA's regional partnership with the Alaska Native Chugach Tribes, which integrates science and traditional tribal knowledge to help protect these coastal communities from exposure to contaminated seafood.

WHAT: A Prescription for Healthy Oceans and People: Identifying and Understanding Chemicals of Concern in Coastal Waters

WHEN: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 10:00am --- 11:00am EST

WHERE: U.S. Capitol, Room HC-6 (South Entrance)


  • Dr. Paul Sandifer, Senior Science Advisor to the NOAA Administrator
  • Dr. John Christensen, Acting Deputy Director of NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
  • Patty Brown-Schwalenberg, Executive Director of Chugach Regional Resources Commission, Alaska
  • Dr. John Incardona, Research Toxicologist and Conservation Medicine Group Leader, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center and the West Coast Center for Oceans and Human Health


Additional information can be obtained by contacting Rebecca McMahon, NOAA Office of Legislative Affairs, at 202-482-6140 or

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