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National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium

Registration now open for the 2015 National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium

The early registration deadline is now approaching for the 4th National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium to be held November 16-19, 2015 in Tampa. Early bird registration lasts until September 8, 2015 and costs $375.

The ultimate goal of the symposium is to increase the capacity of saltwater- and freshwater-based coastal communities and for stakeholders to make informed decisions, balance diverse uses, ensure access, and plan for the future of their working waterfronts. People from across the United States attend the symposium each year to connect with one another and showcase innovative solutions to their waterfront issues.

Working waterfronts include waterfront lands, waterfront infrastructure, and waterways that are used for water-dependent activities, such as ports, marinas, small recreational boat harbors, fishing docks and hundreds of other places across the country where people use and access the water.The symposium provides a forum for stakeholders from across the U.S. to connect and showcase innovative, successful, and timely solutions to waterfront and waterway issues. The full symposium agenda can be found here.logo NWWN_STS

Who should attend?
Planners, managers, attorneys, policy makers, elected/appointed officials, waterway and waterfront advocates, users and developers, property and business owners, researchers and students, and others from the following entities:

  • Federal, tribal, state, county and municipal governments
  • Navigation districts and port authorities
  • Citizen marine advisory committees and harbor boards
  • Local, regional, state, tribal and federal government organizations
  • Environmental and maritime consultancies
  • Marine, boating, fishing, aquaculture and tourism industries
  • Coastal and marine oriented non-profit organizations
  • Educational organizations

The registration fee covers participation in the symposium, a field trip, a welcome reception and Wednesday’s evening dinner at The Florida Aquarium. Visit the registration page for  more details. Also, be sure to take a look at the field trip options before registering. Each has a maximum number of people that can attend and spots may fill quickly.

The Symposium will be held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown and the hotel is offering attendees a $99 per night group room rate. To get the reduced rate, simply identify yourself as a NWWWS participant. Attendees that book under the group rate will also receive complimentary Wi-Fi in their guest room and $4 off the overnight valet-parking rate. Reservations for the hotel must be made by October 16th in order to receive the group rate.

For more information on the symposium, visit: 4th National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium or contact the conference chair:

Holly Abeels
Brevard County Sea Grant Extension
(321) 633-1702

Past conference presentations and abstracts:

Note from Conference Organizers:
Where possible, we have uploaded the .pdf files
of the the PowerPoint presentations and posters from the previous conference (Stem to Stern II)
at Agenda and Presentations.

From Stem to Stern II program book and abstracts (3.7 Mb pdf)

From Stem to Stern II: Results and Evaluation (1.4 Mb pdf)

These are the sponsors for From Stem to Stern II

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