4th Annual Cape Coastal Conference

Our Coastal Future
Taking Action for a Prosperous & Healthy Cape Cod

December 6 & 7, 2016
Hyannis Resort & Conference Center

Conference Agenda
Planning Team & Sponsors
Keynote Speaker
Speaker Biographies
Panel Descriptions
Breakout Session Descriptions

Conference Presentations

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (Day One)
Our Blue Economy
Christopher Adams, Chief of Staff & Leslie-Ann McGee, Blue Economy Program Manager, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

Change is the Only Constant: The Past, Present & Future of the Cape’s Fisheries (Panel Discussion)
History & Evolution of the Cape Cod Fishing Industry
Sandy MacFarlane, Author & Principal of Coastal Resources Specialists

Current Fishing Methods, Species & Markets-Adapting to Changing Regulations, Markets & Climate
John Pappalardo, Executive Director, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance

Perspectives on Resource & Habitat Management-Collaborative Research & Management Efforts with Fisherman
Dan McKiernan, Deputy Director, MA Division of Marine Fisheries

Adaptive Management of the Harbor to Meet the Needs of a Changing Fishing Industry
Rex McKinsey, Harbormaster, Town of Provincetown

Science Address – Coastal and Ocean Acidification
Dr. Scott Doney, Senior Scientist & Department Chair, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Session 1: Getting to Clean Water
From Disposal to Treatment: Can Small Changes in Leachfields Reduce Nitrogen to our Marine Embayments?
George Heufelder, Director, Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center, Barnstable County Department of Health & Environment

Emerging Contaminents in the Waters of Cape Cod: Lessons Learned for Proactive Water Quality Protection
Dr. Laurel Schaider, Research Scientist, Silent Spring Institute

A Landfill’s Impact on Water Supply: Eastham’s Story
Jane Crowley, Health Agent, Town of Eastham

Session 2: Shellfish Aquaculture
Acidification Impacts on Larval Shellfish
Dr. Daniel McCorkle, Senior Scientist & Department Chair, Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) Caused Illness in Massachusetts & Impact on the Cape and Islands Shellfish Industry
Chris Schillaci, Aquaculture Specialist and Vibrio Coordinator, MA Division of Marine Fisheries

Considerations for Scaling Shellfish Propagation for Nitrogen Management
Josh Reitsma, Marine Program Specialist, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension & Woods Hole Sea Grant

Session 3: Restoring Our Ponds
Clear Water Revival: Solarbees on Santuit Pond, Mashpee-Case Study
Catherine Laurent, DPW Director and Andrew McManus, Conservation Agent, Town of Mashpee

Session 4: Exploring the Marine Technology Cluster
Panel Discussion (please click on name for individual presentations)
Peter Furze, Product Line Manager, Teledyne Marine Systems
Hung “Tom” Pham, Project Officer, MA Maritime Academy
Carl Mancuso, VP Sales & Marketing, Falmouth Scientific, Inc.
Toby Stapleton, Director, UMASS Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 (Day Two)
Putting Regional Sediment Management into Action: Dealing with Natural, Political and Municipal Boundaries
Panel Discussion (please click on name for individual presentations)
Mark Borelli, Director, Seafloor Mapping Program, Center for Coastal Studies
John Ramsey, Sr. Coastal Engineer and Principal, Applied Coastal Research & Engineering
Brad Washburn, Assistant Director, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management
Ted Keon, Director of Coastal Resources, Town of Chatham
Heather McElroy, Natural Resources/Land Protection Specialist, Cape Cod Commission

Introduction to the Resilient Cape Cod Regional Project: Blending Adaptation Planning, Environmental Economics & Community Engagement
Kristy Senatori, Deputy Director, Communications, Economic Development & Strategic Information, Cape Cod Commission

Session 1: Sea Level Rise Impacts
The Potential Effects of Sea Level Rise on the Hydrolic System of Cape Cod
Donald Walter, Hydrologist, United State Geologic Survey

Marsh Sustainability in the Face of Sea Level Rise (Presentation added during the conference.)
James Rassman, Stewardship Coordinator, Waquoit Bay NERR

Rising to the Challenge: Will tidal marshes survive rising seas? (Research Poster)-Jordan Mora, Research Associate, Waquoit Bay Reserve

Modeling Sea-Level Rise in Coastal Wetlands: Understanding Potential Impacts and Their Implications for Management on Cape Cod
Marc Carullo, GIS/Environmental Analyst, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management
(This presentation was not presented live, but available on-line.)

Session 2: Bringing Resiliency Home
Saving Money: Community Rating System & Flood Insurance Updates
Shannon Jarbeau, CRS & Floodplain Coordinator, Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension

“Bridging” Resiliency in Infrastructure & Capital Planning Projects-A Boots on the Ground Perspective
Ray Jack, DPW Director, Town of Falmouth

Session 3: Adaptation Planning in Action
Habitats, Roads, Cultural and Recreational Resources, Buildings & Bathrooms: In a Changing Climate, What Should We Protect? Coastal Vulnerability Indexing, Mapping, Assessment & Adaptation on the Trustees of Reservations Coastal Properties-Case Study
Thomas O’Shea and Russell Hopping, Trustees of the Reservations, Ted Wickwire, Joe Famely and Kirk Bosma, Woods Hole Group

Implementing a Coastal Resilience Project: Efforts to Analyze and Permit a Nearshore Sediment Borrow Source for Sandwich Beaches-Case Study
Steve McKenna, Cape & Islands Regional Coordinator, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management

Led by the Waquoit Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program, this conference is a collaborative endeavor of a growing team of partner organizations including:

  • Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
  • Massachusetts Office of Business Development
  •  Woods Hole Sea Grant
  • Center for Coastal Studies – Provincetown: Chase-Miller Policy Program
  • Cape Cod Commission
  • Association to Preserve Cape Cod
  • Three Bays Preservation
  • Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
  • Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation
  • Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration