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Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program Buzzard's Bay Estuary Program Booth at event

Association of National Estuary Programs

National Estuary Programs Tech Transfer Conference

From Citizen Science to Estuarine Hybridity

San Juan, Puerto Rico
December 1-4, 2015
sponsored by the Association of National Estuary Programs

Meeting Registration is Now Open

Please go to our meeting registration page to register for the meeting.


The Association of National Estuary Programs 2015 Tech Transfer Conference will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the Tapia Theater, Fortaleza Street, across from Colon Square (Plaza Colon) Old San Juan, PR 00901. A hotel room block has been reserved at the Sheraton Old San Juan. The Room Rate is $125 per night, plus tax and the group room rate is available from Nov 28-Dec 6, 2015. Please call the hotel to reserve tour room at 787.721.5100 (online registration is not available for the discounted rate). When reserving your hotel room, please mention you are with the National Estuary Program. The deadline for the hotel reservations at the special meeting rate is November 1, 2015. You can also make reservations online at Sheraton's online booking site for non-discounted rates.


The registration fee is $150 for ANEP dues-paying members and guests; $300 for all others.


Here is the Detailed Final Agenda.


For questions regarding the Tech Transfer Conference and Field Trips events and planning, or questions about the schedule, contact Javier Laureano at: For questions regarding registration or the ANEP Board of Directors meeting, contact Stan Hales at:


Call for Papers

The call for papers is now closed. Here are the call for papers posters that were distributed: 8.5x11 12x18.

Abbreviated Schedule and Agenda

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

  • 3:00pm-7:00 pm: Pre-conference meetings to be held at the San Juan Bay Estuary Program’s offices located at 265 San Francisco (street level), Old San Juan Puerto Rico, 00901
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm ANEP Board of Director’s meeting.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

  • 8:30am-9:00am Registration & Coffee
  • 9:00am-9:20am Welcoming messages
  • 9:20am-9:30am Messages from high school students and Estuary Guardians
  • 9:30am-10:00am Key note: Judith Enck and video with a welcoming message from Gina McCarthy
  • 10:00-12:00am Climate Change Session (Facilitated by: Ernesto Díaz, SJBEP’s STAC President)
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch on your own
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm Trash Free Waters Session (Facilitated by Claudia Gutiérrez, EPA-Region 2)
  • 3:00pm-4:50pm Citizen Science Session Facilitated by TBA
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Welcoming reception at the Puerto Rico Tourism Company

Thursday, December 3, 2015

  • 8:30am-9:00am Registration & Coffee
  • 9:00am-10:20am Estuarine Hybridity
  • 10:20am-12:30pm National programs update: Blue carbon, Trash Free Waters, Urban Waters, and Climate Ready Estuaries
  • 12:30pm-1:45pm Lunch on your own
  • 1:45pm-4:30pm Field Trip: Martín Peña and Cantera site visit. (Facilitated by the Corporation of the Enlace Project for the Martín Peña Channel and the Company for the Comprehensive Development of the Cantera Peninsula.)
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm Inauguration of the San Juan Bay Estuary Visitor Center in Old San Juan. Made possible by the TITIN Foundation
  • 7:00pm-9:00pm Estuarine Movie Festival- Plaza de Armas- Old San Juan- Facilitator: Javier E. Laureano, Executive Director, San Juan Bay Estuary Program

Friday, December 4, 2015

  • 6:00am-8:00am Bird watching with the SJBEP at Old San Juan. Departing from the lobby.
  • 8:30am-10:30am Guided environmental tour of Old San Juan. Facilitator: Melba Ayala, SJBEP.
  • 11:00pm-12:00pm Guided boat tour-­ Departing from the Old San Juan Ferry Building.