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News conference on coastal tourism

Posted on behalf of Ben Sherman <sherman@nasw.org>

National Press Club To Host 
Sea Grant Marine Coastal Policy Experts 
At "Morning Newsmaker" May 18

Contact:   Ben Sherman of the National Sea Grant College Program, 
202-662-7095 or sherman@nasw.org

Event:      "Morning Newsmaker" News Conference with Professors Robert 	
Knecht and Biliana  Cicin-Sain, of the University of Delaware 	Center
for the Study of Marine Policy; also present will be 
	Tony Pratt, Beach Manager for the State of Delaware and Vice 	Mayor,
Lewes, DE.

When: Monday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m.(Editors please note time is 9:30 a.m.)

Where:  The National Press Club  -  Peter Zenger Room, (13th Floor)
	14th & F Streets, Washington, D.C.  20045

With Memorial Day and the unofficial kick-off of the U.S. beach season
approaching, Knecht and Cicin-Sain will discuss critical issues facing
U.S. coastal tourism and recreation industries as the largest and
fastest growing economic segments of the U.S. service industry. They are
the co-authors of a report on coastal tourism and recreation prepared
for Dr. D. James Baker, Department of Commerce Under Secretary for 
Oceans and Atmosphere, and NOAA Administrator, as part of a larger
report on ocean issues which will be discussed at the National
Conference on the Oceans in Monterey, CA. June 11-12 . Vice President
Gore will chair the conference’s opening plenary, and President Clinton
is tentatively slated to speak to the closing session.

The United Nations has declared 1998 as the “International year of The
Ocean.” The United States has more than 95,000 miles, and one out of
every six jobs in the U.S. is marine-related with one third of our GNP 
produced in coastal areas.  Over one half the population lives and works
within 50 miles of coastal areas adjacent to the Atlantic and Pacific
Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes, and that population has 
been the fastest growing sector of the U.S.  About 180 million people
visit our coastlines each year, and most Americans spend at least 10
days a year near a coast.

Several research projects at The University of Delaware Center for the
Study of Marine Policy are currently funded by the National Sea Grant
College Program.  

Copies of “Year of The Ocean Discussion Papers” as prepared by U.S.
Federal Agencies with ocean-related programs and published by NOAA will
be available at briefing.

Ben Sherman, Media Relations Coordinator
National Sea Grant College Program
841 National Press Building
529 14th Street N.W. Street
Washington D.C. 20045-2277
Phone: 202-662-7095     Fax: 202-662-7093
E-Mail: sherman@nasw.org
WWW News Media Center Site: http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/seagrantmediacenter/