NAPLES — A Florida Ocean Forum is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday at the La Playa Beach and Golf Resort in North Naples.
A panel of experts will offer their views and answer audience questions about red tide, offshore oil drilling, sea level rise and sportfish regulations.
The Estuary Conservation Association is sponsoring the forum, the first of three seminars planned this year.
Panelists include Jim Murley, director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University; Barbara Kirkpatrick, manager of the environmental health program at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota; and Rob Kramer, president of the International Game Fish Association.
Marine scientist and author Ellen Prager will moderate the free event.
Two more seminars are planned for February and March but dates have not been set, Estuary Conservation Association President Joe Moreland said.
Naples Natural Resources Manager Mike Bauer will talk about Naples Bay restoration, and Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve manager Gary Lytton will discuss the progress of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.
The Alliance is a partnership of federal and state agencies working on Gulf issues.