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Alicia Lawver
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alicia.lawver@psp.wa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10-14-2014

Science Panel meets Oct. 16 in Edmonds; speaker series topics are microplastics, marine fisheries

The Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel will meet Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, Center Conference Room, 410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds.

Following the meeting, there will be two special science panel presentations about microplastics and managing Puget Sound’s marine fisheries at Edmonds Community College, Woodway Hall Room 202, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynwood.

The Science Panel, which includes some of the top scientists in the state, advises the Partnership’s efforts to develop a science-based comprehensive plan to restore Puget Sound.

The Science Panel’s regular meeting
will take place between 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Edmonds Center for the Arts. Agenda highlights include:
•    Discussion on Science Panel’s role in implementation strategies
•    Finalizing process for prioritizing studies identified in the Biennial Science Work Plan
•    Discussion on funding Puget Sound protection and restoration with appropriations from the EPA Puget Sound Geographic Fund
•    Updates on the effectiveness of actions to recover Puget Sound
•    Update on results from three watershed-scale pilot projects to develop human wellbeing indicators and the proposed process for developing recommendations for regional Human Wellbeing Vital Signs

These meetings are open to the public, and all are welcome to ask questions or provide comment about the regional effort to restore and protect Puget Sound. The full agenda, meeting materials and directions are available at www.psp.wa.gov/SP_meetings.php.

The Science Panel presentations
are scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Edmonds Community College. Presentation topics include:
•    “Assessing the sources, distributions, and potential Impacts of microplastics in the global marine environment,” presented by Joel Baker
•    “Managing our region’s marine fisheries: The success and challenge in science informing policy,” presented by John Stein

The science presentations are meant to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about some of the many science-related issues involved in Puget Sound recovery.

About the Partnership
The Puget Sound Partnership is the state agency that leads and coordinates the efforts of governments, tribes, scientists, businesses and nonprofits to set priorities for Puget Sound recovery, implement a regional recovery plan, and ensure accountability for results. For more information, go to www.psp.wa.gov.

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