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Explorers Gather to Draft First U.S. Ocean Exploration Plan

Explorers Gather to Draft First U.S. Ocean Exploration Plan
The ROV Hercules is currently deployed with the exploration vessel Nautilus.  | NOAA

National Forum

July 5, 2013

Ocean Exploration 2020

On July 19 and 20, 2013, more than 100 of the nation’s most preeminent ocean explorers and representatives from federal agencies, state governments, non-governmental organizations, universities, ocean institutes and industry will gather at the Aquarium of the Pacific to draft a national ocean exploration plan. Hosted in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this forum is the first of its kind.

About 95 percent of the ocean is unexplored. New medicines, natural resources, historical artifacts, undiscovered species, and other exciting findings may be discovered through this national plan.

The public can view live streaming video from the forum and share their comments with the explorers on NOAA’s Ocean Exploration 2020 website. The forum culminates on July 21 with Explorers Day, an event where the public can meet ocean explorers at the Aquarium, see remotely operated vehicles, interact with explorers at sea, see live video of the deep ocean and meet the lead character and creators of the children’s television program Octonauts. Explorers Day was made possible by support from Felix Williams and Susan Slavik Williams. The event is part of the Aquarium’s Ocean Exploration program, which includes the new Wonders of the Deep gallery featuring exhibits funded by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation.

Are you interested in helping drive the future of ocean exploration? Take five minutes and click here to offer your input in a survey that was created for current scientists and explorers working in the field.