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Event date: 6/6/2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Export event
Transatlantic Research Cooperation to Treasure and Protect the Atlantic Ocean Event
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Transatlantic Research Cooperation to Treasure and Protect the Atlantic Ocean Event

On June 6th, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will celebrate the 5-Year Anniversary of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation, an agreement between the United States, Canada, and the European Union.

This event is free and open to the public. Visit this site to register.

Galway Statement Signing

Galway Statement Signing

Signing of the 'Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation' - 24th May 2013. Credit: Marine Institute

The Galway Statement launched the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance which aims to align the resources of the three members to improve ocean health and stewardship, promote sustainable management of marine resources, and conserve biodiversity.  NOAA leads the United States engagement in the Alliance.

The Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Video

The Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Video

The Canada, EU, US Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance overarching goal is to advance the shared vision of an Atlantic Ocean that is healthy, resilient, safe, productive, understood and treasured so as to promote the well-being, prosperity and security of the present and future generations.

The 5-Year Anniversary will be marked by a celebratory event entitled “Transatlantic Research Cooperation to Treasure and Protect the Atlantic Ocean” which will be held in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. This special event will bring together representatives of industry, science, and policy to identify the best ways for science to help us protect our shared resource, the North Atlantic Ocean.

To date, members of the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance have made strides in working together to improve aquaculture best practices, increase the percentage of the seafloor that is mapped, refine ecosystem-based management strategies, and promote ocean literacy.

This Alliance has served as a regional model for other countries around the world. Last year, Brazil, South Africa, and the European Union signed the Belem Statement which will focus on the South Atlantic Ocean.

The anniversary celebration next week will feature discussions on ocean plastics, given that between 4 and 12 million metric tons of plastic land in the ocean every year.  NOAA and the European Union worked together to bring the traveling Ocean Plastics Lab to Washington, DC, also under the banner of the Galway Statement.

The event next week will also celebrate twenty years of broader science collaboration between the European Union and the United States.

Invited speakers will include representatives of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Marine Institute Ireland, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Blue Planet II, the Embassy of France, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and more.


Transatlantic Research Cooperation to Treasure and Protect the Atlantic Ocean


Woodrow Wilson Center


June 6, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm


Katie Geddes, NOAA, 301-734-1276

Laura McDonough, European Commission, +32 229-87695




Phone: 301-713-2458
Address: 1315 East-West Highway Silver Spring, MD 20910

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