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California’s coastal ocean is already intensively urbanized and population is projected to grow. Will our activities crowd out marine life or can both nature and human activities be accommodated in the ocean and thrive? The first move in this chess match went to nature with the identification of areas of special biological significance and their designation for special protection as marine protected areas.

We have the knowledge and the tools to protect nature and to accommodate human activities to stimulate local and regional economies, but success will require an unprecedented combination of flexibility and compromise, and reformation of the current permitting and policy framework to enhance transparency and predictability. The stakes are high…for marine life and for humans. Explore the possibilities with scientists, engineers, conservationists, and policymakers in this edition of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Aquatic Academy.

The classes will take place on four consecutive Thursday evenings in the Aquarium’s SAVOR…Watershed Classroom and attendees can receive continuing education units (CEU). For more information about the course, e-mail Adina Metz at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


  • Session I (October 18, 2012)
    • Overview of the course—what we will cover and what we hope to accomplish.
    • California as a leader in ocean research and ocean technology.
    • Guest Speakers:
    • Jerry R. Schubel, President, Aquarium of the Pacific
    • Dilip Khatri, Principal Structural Engineer, URS Corporation
    • John Orcutt, Distinguished Professor, UCSD-SIO
  • Session II (October 25, 2012)
    • California as a leader in ocean policy and ocean conservation.
    • Guest Speakers:
    • Richard Katz, President Richard Katz, Consulting
  • Session III (November 1, 2012)
    • California as a laggard in:
    • Using science and technology to develop responsible uses of the ocean
    • Creating an ecosystem that supports innovative uses of the ocean; a permitting process that strangles innovation.
    • Guest Speakers:
    • Don Kent, President, Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute
    • Joe Matthews, Fellow, New America
  • Session IV (November 8, 2012)
    • Bringing it all together:
    • What would it take to make the southern California urban ocean an international model?
    • Guest Speakers, Panel Discussion:
    • Mike Chrisman, Head, Southwest Partnership Office of NFWF
    • Michael B. Jones, President, The Maritime Alliance
    • Barry A. Sanders, President, Recreation and Parks Commission, City of LA
    • Frances Spivy-Weber, State Water Resources Control Board
Aquatic Academy Course | California and the Ocean: Leader and Laggard
Anitza Valles
Archived Event Information

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 | 7:00 PM–9:30 PM

Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 | 7:00 PM–9:30 PM

Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 | 7:00 PM–9:30 PM

Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 | 7:00 PM–9:30 PM

Cost Cost: $60 per person (Aquarium member discounts available); $10 extra for CEU credit
Ages 18+
RSVP (562) 590-3100, ext. 0