Coastal and Marine Mercury Ecosystem Research Collaborative (C-MERC)

Workshop #1

Workshop #1 was held in Portsmouth, NH on September 8th - 10th, 2010 at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel and Conference Center. The two day Agenda included a series of presentations by our policy stakeholders which are listed as links below. A series of policy questions was developed by the policy stakeholders and C-MERC authors were asked to indicate how they could address those questions as part of their paper.


UNEP Binding Agreement on Mercury: Update and Policy-Relevant Science Questions – Gail Lacy, EPA - Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS)

UNEP Fate and Transport Partnership: Status and Directions – Robert Mason, University of Connecticut

Mercury Monitoring Networks: A Tool for Building Global Connections? – David Evers, Biodiversity Research Institute

EPA's Mercury MACT Standards: Policy & Science - Ben Gibson, EPA – OAQPS

Using the Clean Water Act to Reduce Mercury in the Northeast – Susy King, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC)

Fish Advice: Updates and Quo Vadis – Rita Schoeny, EPA - Office of Water

Fish Advice: An NGO Perspective – Kim Warner, Oceana

Additional Background Information:

C-MERC Fact Sheet

National Mercury Monitoring Bill

Merc Net Newsletter

Workshop #2

Our second C-MERC workshop was a day-long event on Saturday July 23, 2011 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During this time participants has the chance to present their paper outlines, receive feedback and work with their co-authors to flesh out in greater detail the paper scope and work assignments. Following this workshop, many of the C-MERC authors participated in the 10th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) as part of a C-MERC special session.