Ocean Policy Task Force hearing and Party!

For San Francisco Bay Area folks this is a reminder that on September 17 (a week form tomorrow) the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) will be having a public hearing on ocean policy in San Francisco. (Details below)

This will be a great opportunity to let the CEQ know that we really care about the ocean. You do not need to speak to be useful. Just showing up will do.

I also hear that there will be opportunities to wear your best marine finery. Some dolphin outfits will be on hand but you can bring out your favorite gossamer jellyfish dress with the spaghetti straps and plunging décolleté if you wish.

There will also be a strategizing “pre-party” on Wednesday September 16 in the city sponsored by a raft of environmental NGO’s. This should be a great opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded ocean lovers and work on coordinating your outfits.

The invitation is here: Task Force Pre Party

Where: Baobab Village, on 19th between Mission and Capp

When: 5:30 – 9:00 pm

Who: You! and scads of other ocean lovers.

If you would like to carpool to either of these events we have arranged an OCR Carpool group:


Anyone can post a carpool opportunity here. You don’t need to be a member or have a Yahoo address.

In the smoke and acrid fumes of the recent political “debates” it is really important to enjoy our fabulous work and let those who prefer fear and anger to see how much fun we are having. So c’mon down and Partay!

More about the hearing:

The meeting will be chaired by CEQ director Nancy Sutley and attended by NOAA director Jane Lubchenko, as well as other agency directors from EPA, Dept. of Interior and the US Navy.

You can come and express your concerns about the ocean, and offer your suggestions, or just attend and let these agencies know you care about the ocean.


What:    Ocean Policy Task Force Public Meeting

When:   Thursday, September 17, 2:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Where: Hyatt Regency San Francisco at Embarcadero Center,

5 Embarcadero Center

San Francisco, CA 94111


You can also submit a comment online at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/oceans