Ocean Resources Panel

Ocean Resources Panel

14 Feb 2017, 11:30 - 13:00

Conference Room 28A&B

The exploitation of ocean resources has always been a key driver of ocean science and technology.  As well as fisheries and the exploitation of offshore oil and gas, there are growing levels of activity in ocean renewable energy and aquaculture, as well as emerging exploitation of deep ocean minerals and marine organisms as a source of fuel and pharmaceuticals.  This panel will consider the trends in future use of living and non-living ocean resources and the ocean science and technology needs these will drive.

Chaired by: Ralph Rayner, US IOOS Industry Liaison, NOAA; and Co-Chair, Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans Industry Liaison Council

Confirmed panelists: 

  • Randall Luthi, President, America's Offshore Energy Industry (NOIA) 
  • Carolyn Heeps, Development Strategy Manager, RES Offshore
  • David Kelly, CEO & CTO, InnovaSea
  • Phil Cruver, CEO, Catalina Sea Ranch
  • Tiago Pitta e Cunha, Executive Director, Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal
  • Ian Griffiths, General Manager – Americas, SMD

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  • Ralph Rayner


    US IOOS Industry Liaison, NOAA

    Co-Chair, Partnership for Observation, Global Oceans Industry Liaison Council

    Ralph Rayner is a US IOOS Industry Liaison at NOAA and Co-Chair of the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans Industry Liaison Council. He...

  • Phil Cruver



    Catalina Sea Ranch

    Phil Cruver serves as Director, President and CEO of Catalina Sea Ranch, LLC. He is the co-founder of KZO Sea Farms and former Chairman of KZO...

  • Ian Griffiths


    General Manager - Americas


    Ian’s 35 year engineering career includes; design, manufacturing, operations and business development. Following university, he spent 6 years in...

  • Carolyn Heeps


    Development Strategy Manager

    RES Offshore

    Dr Carolyn Heeps has worked in the offshore renewable energy sector for 16 years. She led the success of the first two leasing rounds for offshore...

  • David Kelly


    CEO & CTO


    David Kelly is CEO & CTO of InnovaSea. He is responsible for setting InnovaSea’s overall strategy, and leading the research and development efforts...

  • Randall Luthi



    National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA)

    Randall Luthi has been the President of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) since 2010. An attorney and rancher from Wyoming, Luthi has...

  • Tiago Pitta e Cunha


    Executive Director

    Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal

    Tiago Pitta e Cunha is an advisor for ocean policies and is the CEO of the Oceano Azul Foundation. He has been working on maritime affairs for 18...

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