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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is sponsoring a major national planning conference July 17–19, 1973, in Seattle, Washington, to take a fresh look at the oceans' potential for meeting national economic and social needs between now and the end of the century. The oceans hold the key to meeting many of mankind's and this nation's developmental and social problems, and this conference will bring together top leaders of government, industry and other interested groups to assess our current situation and evaluate our future actions. The purpose of the conference is to lay the foundation for the planning of programs that will aid in meeting the national goals for development and conservation of the ocean's resources and the preservation of the ocean environment.