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NOAA starts nationwide listening sessions

UPDATED: October 8, 2018. The Charleston, South Carolina listening session date has changed to Monday, Oct. 22 and location details are available. Additional meetings will be hosted in New England, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific Islands, and other regions as opportunities arise and schedules allow.
July 19, 2018

Top agency leaders will embark on a series of public conferences held across the nation from August through November 2018.  

Science, service and stewardship are at the heart of NOAA's diverse mission.

These meetings will provide information about the implementation of the Department of Commerce’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, and also offer you the opportunity to give your input. Topics will include the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017, reducing the seafood trade deficit, and supporting maritime commerce, fisheries, recreation, and tourism. 

Preliminary details are listed below. Times and locations will be posted on this site in advance of each meeting. These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to listen.sessions@noaa.gov at least 10 working days prior to the meeting date. 

Meetings: Schedule, locations, and topics

Thursday, August 30, Norman, Oklahoma
Agenda: To discuss the implementation of The Weather Act, including the development of a community-based weather model.  

Friday, August 31, Juneau, Alaska
Agenda: To discuss opportunities to reduce the nation’s seafood trade deficit. 

Monday, September 10, St. Petersburg, Florida
Agenda: To discuss advancing commercial and recreational fisheries, technology development and tourism.

Wednesday, September 12, Madison, Wisconsin - Due to Hurricane Florence, the Madison listening session will be rescheduled for a later date.

Agenda: To discuss the implementation of The Weather Act, including the development of a community-based weather model.

Thursday, October 4, Seattle
Agenda: To discuss the implementation of The Weather Act, including the development of a community-based weather model. 

Monday, October 22, Charleston, South Carolina
Agenda: To discuss opportunities to improve the efficiency of U.S. ports, reduce the seafood trade deficit, and expand exploration of the nation’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

Charleston Maritime Center
10 Wharfside Street
Charleston, SC 29401

  • Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
  • Session begins at 3:00 p.m.
  • Concludes at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 1, Durham, North Carolina
Agenda: To discuss the implementation of The Weather Act, including the development of a community-based weather model, opportunities to reduce the nation’s seafood trade deficit, and ocean exploration.  

Friday, November 9, San Diego
Agenda: To discuss opportunities to improve the efficiency of U.S. ports, promote domestic aquaculture production, and expand exploration of the nation’s Exclusive Economic Zone.