Logo: Blue Planet Forum

The Blue Planet Forum is a free environmental lecture series. Its mission is to educate and engage the public on important environmental issues affecting Hampton Roads and the nation. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Slover Library
235 Plume Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510

Menhaden Matter

An Expert Panel Exploring Key Virginia Fisheries


Joseph Gordon
Manager for U.S. Oceans, Northeast Campaigns, Pew Charitable Trust

Dick Russell
Author, "Striper Wars"

Jack Travelstead
Former Commissioner, Virginia Marine Resources Commission

Moderated by
Donald Luzzatto
Editorial Page Editor, Virginian-Pilot


This event is FREE, but space is limited and registration is requested.

Questions? Contact CBF at blueplanet@cbf.org or 757-622-1964.

The series has been very well received since its inception in 2008, with a typical crowd of 200 people. Top notch experts have covered such topics as:  climate change and sea level rise, alternate energy initiatives, hurricane predictions and what it will take to truly save the Bay.

Blue Planet Forum's mission is to educate and engage citizens on important environmental issues facing Hampton Roads and the nation.
Logos: Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Old Dominion UniversityLogos: Virginia Saltwater Sportfishing Association and Great Bridge Fisherman's Association


Bay Restoration: From Creeks to the Courtroom
Mark Herring
Virginia Attorney General

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Eloquently and forcefully defending Virginia's right to partner with other states and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told a Blue Planet Forum crowd of 200 people on August 29, 2014 that a restored Bay is in the Commonwealth's best environmental, cultural, and economic interests.

"We hunt and fish here," Herring told the audience at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Va. "We boat on these waters and play on these shores. We eat so many foods sustained by these waters. And tens of thousands of men and women make their living on the water, generating billions in economic activity. But it all depends on clean water.

"For centuries, we have worked voluntarily with our neighbors, and more recently, with our federal partner as well, to manage and care for the Bay and the waters that flow into it. The Bay states asked the EPA to help coordinate this effort because the Bay watershed is 64,000 square miles over six states and the District of Columbia. Virginia has never been a state to concede much power or sovereignty to the federal government, and we haven't done so here."  More on the CBF Blog

Blue Planet Forum Presentation: Environmental Intelligence for Coastal CommunitiesEnvironmental Intelligence for Coastal Communities
Dr. Kathryn Sullivan
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation & Prediction and Acting Chief Scientist, NOAA

June 7, 2012



The Gulf Spill: Hitting HomeThe Gulf Spill: Hitting Home
David Westerholm
National Ocean Service, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

February 16, 2011


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