This group is going to meet behind closed doors
and it will be given the mandate of recommending pretty much whatever
it wants. One possible recommendation is that a major international
science symposium be established. I think there's an excellent reason
for doing that.
The group can discuss and make recommendations on the future of
ocean fertilization research, perhaps considering scenarios for
the many different ways alliances could be set up. There could be
some discussion of what the scope of research topics should be.
Should people ask specifically, what happens when we throw this
in the water, in this place? The group can make recommendations,
or at least distribute information, on where we stand with respect
to policy and law, but if there's a need to clarify this, perhaps
the group could recommend that the advisory committee of the London
Convention look into this.
group could prepare a position statement -- and it might not be
a unanimous statement--on ocean fertilization, perhaps a statement
of principles recommended by people participating in the research.
It's possible the group could revisit the position that was taken
in 1991 on large-scale ocean manipulation. The point is that it's
up to us--meaning the group that's here for the workshop--to begin
this process, and I hope it to come up with some sort of a statement
to move us along the next step on this important problem.