This series of virtual panel discussions explore the question of how scaling between local management and large marine ecosystems (LMEs) connects to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.  

The goals for the GO Series are:
1) Better understand UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Ocean Decade objectives and connections to work being done by communities and countries,
2) Share science and management efforts especially those that link across scales from LME to local actions, and
3) Discuss and identify how to improve immediately and over the Decade.

Sessions 1-4 were a success! Thank you! 

Recordings are below.  Stay tuned for future events.



Session 1: Framing the issue:  Kick-off conversation linking Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) to local science and management

Wednesday, 20 May, 8 am to 10 am EDT 

·  Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
·  Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, IOC & Asst. Director General, UNESCO
·  Sandra Whitehouse, Ocean Conservancy
·  Ken Sherman, Graduate School Oceanography (GSO), Univ. of Rhode Island (URI)
·  Elin Torell, Coastal Resources Center (CRC), GSO, URI
·  Barry Gold, Earth Resilience Group, session chair
·  J.P. Walsh, CRC, GSO, URI, session facilitator

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Session 2: Asia and Pacific Regional Panel and Discussion between LME, national and local projects

Wednesday, 10 June, 9pm to 11pm EDT

        • Nygiel Armada, Chief of Party, USAID Fish Right, URI-CRC, Philippines
        • Yinfeng Guo,  Chief Technical Advisor and Project Manager UNDP/GEF Yellow Sea LME
        • Aimee Gonzales, Executive Director, Partnerships in Environmental Management of the Seas of East Asia
        • Hugh Walton, Chief Technical Advisor and Project Coordinator of the Oceanic Fisheries Management Project II at the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency
        • Andy Hudson, UN Development Program, session chair
        • Sarah Gaines, CRC, GSO, URI, session facilitator




Session 3: Americas, Africa and Europe Regional Panel and Discussion between LME, national and local projects

Thursday, 11 June 10am to Noon EDT

      • Viviane Kinyaga, Benguela Current LME
      • Laverne Walker, Caribbean LME
      • Dedi Nadje, USAID SFMP, Gulf of Guinea Regional Fisheries Commission, Ghana
      • Ny Aina Andrianarivelo, USAID Hay Tao, URI-CRC, Madagascar
      • Christian Severin, Global Environment Facility, session chair
      • Mish Hamid, UNESCO-IOC, session facilitator



Session 4:  Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem: A holistic perspective

Friday, 26 June 9am to 11am EDT

  • Nick Napoli, Ocean Planning Director, Northeast Regional Ocean Council
  • Andy Lipsky, Acting Chief of Staff; NE Fisheries Science Center, NOAA
  • Lyndie Hice-Dunton, Exec. Director, Responsible Offshore Science Alliance
  • Jeff Grybowski, Clean Energy Executive and former CEO of Deepwater Wind, developer of America’s first offshore wind farm
  • Tatiana Rynearson, Professor, URI Graduate School of Oceanography
  • Jen McCann, Director, U.S. Coastal Programs, CRC, GSO, URI, session chair
  • J.P. Walsh, CRC Director & GSO Professor, URI, session facilitator
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Strategizing for our oceans.