October 19 - The Los Angeles Harbor Commission has certified the final Environmental Impact Report for the proposed redevelopment of City Dock No. 1.

It has also approved the regulatory framework that will see a world-class marine research centre situated on the waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles.

The action sets the stage for creation of a 28-acre research institute where leading scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs can collaborate on ocean-related research, education, business development and green technology

"This is an important step toward realising the vision of a cutting-edge academic research facility that will be at the forefront of marine-oriented research and development," said port executive director Geraldine Knatz.