The first regional forum on The Future of the Caribbean Sea: Optimizing the Economic Value of the Sea was held in Jamaica on December 6, 7 and 8, 2012. The event was organized by Development Foresight Institute in association with the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the West Indies, Mona, the Caribbean Maritime Institute and the Department of Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center, University of Maryland Eastern Shores.
Representatives from the public sector Minister of State, Arnaldo Brown, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Andre Kong, Dept. of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Terrence Phillips, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Management, Sean Green, National Environmental and Planning Agency (NEPA), Clinton Thompson, Ministry of Energy and Mining, Brian Richardson, Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica.
Host Representatives Dr. Ishenkumba Kahwa, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the West Indies, Mona, Dr. Dale Webber, Head of the Marine Sciences and Life Sciences, University of the West Indies, Mona, Dr. Fritz Pinnock, Executive Director for the Caribbean Maritime Institute, and Dr. Paulinus Chigbu, Dean of the Department of Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center, University of Maryland Eastern Shores.
Other overseas participating representatives were: Dr. Bashkar Kura, Marine and Environmental Resources and Information Center, University of New Orleans; Dr. David Dies, Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science University of Miami; Dr. Mario Tamburi, Maritime and Environmental Resource Center, University of Maryland, Dr. Greg Cook, The Archaeology Institute, University of West Florida, and Mr. C.Eben Franks, Liquid Robotics, Inc., based in California.
The Forum was established as an Academic Exchange and Stakeholders Dialogue to engage interests from public sector, private sector and academia to discuss issues relating the development and sustainability of the Caribbean Sea. The sessions focused on areas including fisheries, maritime shipping, tourism, costal development and environment, oil exploration, and alternative energy.
Areas that were addressed: