The 2012 Savannah Ocean Exchange opens Saturday on the Georgia coast. The event brings together industry leaders, conservationists, academics and government specialists to swap ideas. It also includes more causal events for the public including a film festival, art exhibits, fishing trips and a beach party on neighboring Tybee Island.
The Savannah Morning News reports speakers will include James R. Mancham, former president of the Republic of Seychelles (SAY-shells), an independent island nation in the Indian Ocean. He's scheduled to give an address on the growing geo-political importance of the Indian Ocean.
Events connected with the Savannah Ocean Exchange will continue through Sept. 22.