Coastal Decision Maker Workshops are specifically designed to inform coastal decision-makers about current science and management issues. Many of the workshops include practical information on addressing identified coastal management problems. For more information and the current schedule, visit

May 14-19, 2006
14th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species - Key Biscayne, Florida
A comprehensive international forum to raise awarenes of the impacts of aquatic invasive species and prevent new introductions. Hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey. Conference website:

June 3, 2006
Marine Invasive Species Monitoring Workshop
Volunteers will be trained to monitor the presence of marine invasive species on docks, rocky shoreline, and tidepools. Free, but registration required. For more information, contact Salem Sound Coastwatch at 978-741-7900 or

October 19-21, 2006
6th Marine Law Symposium. The Evolution of Ecosystem Based Management: From Theory to Practice - Bristol, Rhode Island
Panels will address practical problems related to management shifting toward ecosystem management. Co-sponsored by Roger Williams University School of Law Marine Affairs Institute, URI Department of Marine Affairs, and Rhode Island Sea Grant. For more information, contact the Marine Affairs Institute at (401) 254-5392 or

October 30-November 3, 2006
ICES 2006. Fishing Technology in the 21st Century: Integrating Fishing and Ecosystem Conservation - Boston, Massachusetts
Topics to be covered include ecosystem sensitive approaches to fishing, current status of mobile and static sampling gears, and fishers' responses to management measures and their socio-economic effects. Sponsored by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). Conference website: