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

November 10, 2009

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)

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

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