NOTE: The Coastal Society will provide credentialed media with a press pass to the conference sessions.
Conference Website: http://www.thecoastalsociety.org/conference/tcs23/index.html 
Please join us in Miami, Florida June 3-6, 2012 for The Coastal Society’s 23rd International Conference (TCS 23), “Our Coasts, Our Heritage: Ecosystem Services for the Common Good”.
Monday's opening session analyzes 40 years of the Coastal Zone Management Act, and looks at innovations that are likely to be instrumental over the next 40 years.
The Wednesday closing plenary will examine the effects on coastal regions surrounding deepwater ports that result from the global trend toward larger ships and the Panama Canal expansion.
Each day of the conference will be packed with programs delivered by internationally recognized experts.TCS 23 will focus on innovative ideas to address coastal issues by:
- Providing information, knowledge, activities and solutions relevant to solving contemporary coastal issues;
- Integrating science, management, policy and decision-making; and
- Presenting questions, ideas and case studies that encourage dialogue and sharing of solutions among conference participants.
The Coastal Society’s biennial conference is one of the longest-running series of coastal conferences in the United States. TCS conferences provide a forum for interdisciplinary education and discussion on coastal issues. Speakers debate the different facets of issues during plenary sessions to create an awareness of needs among coastal resource managers and users, which ultimately lead to opportunities for innovative solutions. During concurrent sessions, ocean and coastal professionals share their latest research and strategies, sparking new ideas. The TCS conference is the place to listen, discuss, ask questions, and think about the application of knowledge for the future of our coasts.
Connect with Professionals
Hundreds of participants are expected to attend the TCS 23 conference in 2012, including policy-makers and decision-makers, state and federal ocean and coastal resource managers, local planners, academics from various disciplines, business and industry representatives, coastal engineers, consultants, teachers and graduate students. These coastal connections, which transcend geographic boundaries and professional disciplines, are made at conferences and often continue post-conference, enriching the information on which decisions about coastal resources are made.
The Coastal Society is an organization of private sector, academic and government professionals and students. The Society is dedicated to actively addressing emerging coastal issues by fostering dialogue, forging partnerships, and promoting communication and education.