Blue Ocean Confab Syncs with National Agenda - EPA Boss

By Kimberlyn Mckeever
Dr. Nathaniel T. Blama, Sr., Executive Director Environmental Protection Agency
MONROVIA, March 20 (LINA) – The Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Nathaniel Blama, has said the hosting of the Blue Oceans Conference (BOC) in Liberia is directly in line with the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development which seeks to improve the lives of Liberians.
Speaking at the official opening of the Blue Oceans Conference on Wednesday at a local hotel in Monrovia, Blama said to have an improved quality of life everyone must make a sustained and universal commitment to keep moving forward in every aspect of society.
Like other conferences, he added, the gathering is not just about talking, but it is about outlining specific steps that everyone will take.
 “We are here to discuss real, concrete actions that can make a difference,” Blama noted.
Blama also stated that discussions at the conference will surround new ways to monitor and address climate change and issues about the ocean.
“We are here to examine innovative means for mitigating the flow of pollution from land to the ocean, and we will continue to outline further plans for the West African community to come together in preserving our fish stocks and preventing illegal fishing,” Blama pointed out.
The EPA official said that the bottom line is that the current effort is not beyond their capacity, however, it is geared towards making the right choices, setting the right priorities and responding in a timely manner to the same understanding that saving the ocean is not just an option but an absolute necessity.
He conveyed gratitude to all participants and partners of the two-day conference and expressed optimism of a good outcome in mitigating marine pollution in Liberia and the region at large.