Schedule

8:30am - 9:30am
Registration Opens

Speakers

Kris Sarri, President and CEO, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Julie Lawson, Director, Mayor’s Office of the Clean City, District of Columbia

Location: Auditorium

Visual media can ignite the mind in a way that talk and text don’t, providing opportunity for education, emotional connection, and broader public engagement in marine science and protection. In this session, see  how creative minds are using video, photography, and art to put ocean issues in front of new audiences and inspire conservation and sustainable use.

Moderator:

Julie Phillips, Vice President, Content Strategy – Herschend Family Enterprises

Speakers:

Mark Brownlow, Series Producer, BBC’s Blue Planet II

Asher Jay, Creative Conservationist

John Tartaglia, Actor-Puppeteer, Splash and Bubbles

Jim Toomey,  Syndicated Cartoonist, “Sherman’s Lagoon”

Location: Lobby

We invite attendees to relax, connect with colleagues, and visit exhibition booths in the lobby. Complimentary snacks and beverages provided for all attendees. Wifi is available throughout conference area and a limited number of charging stations for electronics are available near exhibit booths.

Location: Auditorium

Covering less than 1 percent of the ocean, coral reefs support 25 percent of marine life globally to provide an estimated $1 trillion in value to the world economy, including $300 to $400 million annual in value for food and livelihoods from tourism, fisheries, and medicine. Reefs are integral to the livelihoods and well-being of billions of people. But, we risk losing these valuable ecosystems. Nearly 75 percent of the world’s coral reefs are threatened by overfishing, habitat destruction, water pollution, climate change, and ocean acidification. Efforts to conserve and restore coral reefs are lagging far behind their rate of destruction. To preserve this amazing biodiversity, we must protect these valuable ecosystems and develop new conservation solutions and restoration techniques to protect these invaluable ecosystems.

Opening Remarks:

Rep. Madeleine Bordallo, U.S. House of Representatives, Guam

Moderator:

Nancy Knowlton, Ph.D., Sant Chair for Marine Science, Smithsonian Institution

Speakers:

Greg Asner, Ph.D., Faculty, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science

Erinn Muller, Ph.D., Coral Health and Disease Scientist and Program Manager, Mote Marine Laboratory

Luiz Rocha, Ph.D., Associate Curator and Follett Chair of Ichthyology, California Academy of Sciences

Location: Hemisphere A

Sponsored by International Fund for Animal Welfare

As the ocean and Great Lakes warm, the geographic ranges of species are shifting. In the fishing industry, some fishermen are having difficulty filling their quota as fish shift out of the area, while others are finding an abundance of fish for which they don’t have permits. For whales, seals, dolphins and other marine mammals, changes in ocean conditions and food web dynamics have cascading consequences which in turn present challenges for managers, businesses, and rescue efforts. In this session, we explore the tools available and the gaps that exist to ensure management is adaptive to ecological shifts yet remains sufficiently protective.

Opening Remarks:

Patrick Ramage, Director of the Global Marine Conservation Program, International Fund for Animal Welfare

The Honorable Chellie Pingree, U.S. House of Representatives, ME-01

Moderator:

Stephen E. Roady, Professor, School of Law and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University

Speakers:

Robert Beal, Executive Director, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

Kristin Kleisner, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Oceans, Environmental Defense Fund Boston

Patrice McCarron, Executive Director, Maine Lobstermen’s Association

Andrew Pershing, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Location: Hemisphere B

Open Innovation? Disruptive Thinking? Hackathons? Artificial Intelligence? You’ve heard the terms but what do they mean for marine and Great Lakes conservation?  Scientists, technologists, resource managers, and businesses are looking for new tools and transformative ideas to accelerate conservation outcomes. In this session, we explore how open innovation tools like mass collaboration, prizes and hackathons are drawing in leaders from across industries to help solve some of the ocean’s toughest challenges, leading to new public-private partnerships for ocean and Great Lakes conservation and management.

Moderator:

Sandeep Patel, Open Innovation Director, US Department of Health and Human Services

Speakers:

Shaharris Beh, CEO, HackerNest

Tanya Berger-Wolf, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Director, Wildbook

Alex Dehgan, Co-Founder, Conservation X Labs

Andrew Thaler, Ph.D., CEO, Blackbeard Biologic

Location: Networking and Exhibits in the Lobby

We invite all registrants to enjoy complimentary food and beverages provided in the Amphitheater lobby area, or feel free to purchase lunch on your own in the Food Court on the Concourse level. Attendees are encouraged to relax, connect with colleagues, and visit exhibition booths. Wifi is available throughout conference area and a limited number of charging stations for electronics are available near exhibit booths.

Location: Hemisphere A

Please note: lunch will not be served in this event. We invite all registrants to enjoy complimentary food and beverages provided in the Amphitheater lobby area, or feel free to purchase lunch on your own in the Food Court on the Concourse level.

Location: Auditorium

A healthy U.S. economy depends on our ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources.  The science and management to conserve and sustainably use these resources is at the heart of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) mission.  Come hear from RDML Timothy Gallaudet about the Administration’s priorities to support our blue economy.

Keynote:

RDML Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret., Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, U.S. Department of Commerce

Location: Lobby

We invite attendees to relax, connect with colleagues, and visit exhibition booths in the lobby. Complimentary snacks and beverages provided for all attendees. Wifi is available throughout conference area and a limited number of charging stations for electronics are available near exhibit booths.

Location: Hemisphere B

Description: Ecological restoration provides people with the opportunity to both repair damage to the environment and re-establish relationships between nature and culture; it benefits both people and nature. In this panel, learn how ecological restoration projects are engaging communities in practice and developing more inclusive processes.

Opening Remarks:

The Honorable A. Donald McEachin, U.S. House of Representatives, VA-04

Moderator:

Monica Barra, Anthropologist, The Water Institute of the Gulf

Speakers:

William Aila Jr., Deputy to the Chairman of the Department of the Hawaiian Home Lands, Department of the Hawaiian Homelands

Curtis Bennett, Director of Conservation and Community Engagement, National Aquarium

Les Burke, J.D., Founder, Jr. Scientists in the Sea

Kathryn MacCormick, Pamunkey Indian Reservation Living Shorelines Project Coordinator, Pamunkey Indian Tribe

Location: Hemisphere A

Coastal communities face ever-increasing risks from sea level rise, floods, and more frequent and severe hurricanes. As these threats interact, they amplify natural disasters, increasing property damage and loss of life. Continuing to bail ourselves out after disaster strikes is not an economically sound strategy and cannot make up for American lives lost. Communities must take action to adapt and reduce risk to create a more resilient nation. This session explores the tools available to help citizens and communities assess and reduce their risk and build a more resilient nation.

Moderator:

Russell Callender, Ph.D., Assistant Administrator, National Ocean Service, NOAA

Speakers:

Alan Blumberg, Co-Founder, Jupiter Intel

Chip Cunliffe, Director for Sustainable Development, XL Catlin

Paula Pagniez, Director of Capital, Science and Policy Practice, Willis Towers Watson

Elizabeth Wheaton, Environment and Sustainability Director, City of Miami Beach

Location: Auditorium

The world needs both wild-capture fisheries and aquaculture as part of a sustainable food supply as the population continues to grow. While the U.S. is a leader in sustainable wild-capture fisheries, U.S. aquaculture development lags behind. Increased offshore aquaculture has the promise of increasing food security in the U.S., growing the American economy, reducing the U.S. seafood trade deficit, and offering fishermen an opportunity to diversify their production for greater financial security. In this session we explore current challenges and potential solutions to sustainable offshore aquaculture, including complexities of business operations, financial investments and risk, technological advancements, and the need for environmental monitoring, sustainability standards, and sound management and policy.

 

Moderator:

TJ Tate, CEO and Founder, Seafood.Life

Speakers:

Omar Alfi, Co-CEO, Pacifico Aquaculture

Daniel Benetti, Ph.D., Professor, Marine Affairs & Policy, University of Miami Rosenthiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Max Holtzman, Principal, Pontos Aqua Advisory and Vice Chairman, Capitol Peak Asset Management

8:30am - 9:30am
Registration Opens

Speakers

Kris Sarri, President and CEO, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Location: Auditorium

Margaret Davidson was an ocean visionary dedicated to fostering early-career leaders and tackling challenging ocean and coastal issues with unwavering determination and innovation. In her honor, CHOW 2018 hosts the next generation  of leaders who are becoming catalysts of change in conservation and business sustainability to share what sparks their creativity, how they engage others to make ideas reality, and where they hope to direct the path of private sector engagement in the future.

Opening Remarks:

The Honorable Jimmy Panetta, U.S. House of Representatives, CA-20

Moderator:

Adam Lowry, CEO, Ripple and Co-founder, Method

Speakers:

Bridget Coughlin, Ph.D., President and CEO, Shedd Aquarium

Karrie Denniston, Senior Director for Sustainability, Walmart Foundation

Doug McCauley, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California Santa Barbara

Ruth Perry, Ph.D., Marine Scientist and Regulatory Specialist, Shell Exploration and Production Company

Location: Lobby

We invite attendees to relax, connect with colleagues, and visit exhibition booths in the lobby. Complimentary snacks and beverages provided for all attendees. Wifi is available throughout conference area and a limited number of charging stations for electronics are available near exhibit booths.

Location: Auditorium

The Gulf of Mexico ecosystem is a dynamic, diverse, and ever changing environment. From inland watersheds and rivers to winding coasts to the deep ocean, the health and productivity of the Gulf and its communities depends upon its restoration and its re-engineering. We must understand the connectivity and complexity of the Gulf’s different environments while balancing a diversity of human uses. Additionally, impacts from storms, flooding, and increasingly frequent extreme events play a critical role in the ties between land and sea. It is crucial to address challenges from science, policy, community action, and management perspectives. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a time of historic investment for Gulf restoration that, if done strategically and proactively, can rebuild natural coastal barriers, conserve a diversity of habitats throughout the Gulf ecosystem, and underscore the importance of restoration and resiliency for  the health and prosperity of the entire Gulf of Mexico.

Moderator:

Alexis Baldera, Director, Gulf Restoration Program, Ocean Conservancy

Speakers:

Antonio J. Busalacchi, Ph.D., President, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Daniel Gotoff, Partner, Lake Research Partners

Bren Haase, Chief of the Planning and Research Division, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

David Yoskowitz, Ph.D., Associate Director, Harte Research Institute

Location: Hemisphere A

Sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences

The effects of ocean acidification reach throughout the ocean, impacting numerous ecosystems and economies that depend on them. As these impacts radiate through different ecosystems, declines in shellfish and fish threaten fisheries and aquaculture, deteriorated reefs weaken coastal protection, and declining reefs and mammal populations impact tourism. In this session, we explore the lessons learned from states coping with local effects of ocean acidification as we develop better predictions for acidification around the country and as state and federal policymakers draft legislation to mitigate and adapt to ocean acidification.

Opening Remarks:

Luiz Rocha, Ph.D., Associate Curator and Follett Chair of Ichthyology, California Academy of Sciences

The Honorable Salud Carbajal, U.S. House of Representatives, CA-24

Moderator:

Alexis Valauri-Orton, Ocean Acidification Program Manager, The Ocean Foundation

Speakers:

Jan Newton, Ph.D., Director, Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems and Principal Oceanographer with Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington School of Oceanography and School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

Karina Nielsen Ph.D., Director, Estuary and Ocean Science Center and Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University

Nichole Price, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Director of Center for Venture Research on Seafood Security, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Joseph Salisbury, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor of Oceanography, Ocean Processes Analysis Laboratory, University of New Hampshire

Brett Veerhusen, Principal, Ocean Strategies and Alaskan Commercial Fisherman

 

 

Location: Hemisphere B

Protected areas are places of special significance and great value to society, ecologically, culturally, and economically. These sites provide a place for people to connect with nature in an ever-developing world, they are homes to rare species and nurseries for commercially and recreationally important fish, they preserve historic and cultural resources, and they support a growing outdoor industry. This session explores the value of these places and the benefits of their protection to American communities and future generations.

Moderator:

Tracy Rouleau, President, TBD Economics

Speakers:

Tundi Agardy, Ph.D., Executive Director, Sound Seas  

Will Benson, Captain, World Angling, Inc.

Matt Liddle, Outdoor Programs and Outreach Mid-Atlantic Manager, REI

Jim Ritterhoff, Co-Founder, Force Blue

 

Location: Networking and Exhibits in the Lobby

We invite all registrants to enjoy complimentary food and beverages provided in the Amphitheater lobby area, or feel free to purchase lunch on your own in the Food Court on the Concourse level. Attendees are encouraged to relax, connect with colleagues, and visit exhibition booths. Wifi is available throughout conference area and a limited number of charging stations for electronics are available near exhibit booths.

Location: Auditorium

With the passage of the Magnuson Stevens Act in 1976, the U.S. took control of fishing in our exclusive economic zone, pushing out foreign vessels and establishing measures to prevent overfishing. In 1996 and 2006, amendments to the Act added requirements for rebuilding and science-based catch limits, establishing the U.S. as a world leader in sustainable fisheries. In this session, industry experts discuss the impact of the Magnuson Stevens Act in restoring American fisheries and supporting a sustainable blue economy.

Moderator:

Margaret Spring, Vice President of Conservation and Science and Chief Conservation Officer, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Speakers:

Chris Brown, President, Seafood Harvesters of America

Monica Goldberg, Chief Counsel, Oceans, Environmental Defense Fund

Greg Jeffers, Director of Purchasing, Gorton’s Inc.

Steve Murawski, Ph.D., Population Dynamics and Marine Ecosystem Analysis Professor, University of South Florida

Alan Risenhoover, Director of Sustainable Fisheries, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

 

Location: Hemisphere B

Mangrove forests, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass beds represent a globally relevant carbon stock. The carbon contained in these ecosystems, known as coastal blue carbon, remains stable for as long as the ecosystem remains in tact, but once the system is degraded or destroyed communities lose many ecosystem services and the carbon that took millennia to sequester can be lost to the atmosphere in less than a decade. Understanding how to calculate, report and verify greenhouse gas reductions from coastal ecosystems is critical to developing markets for credits that can provide long-term funding for protection and restoration efforts.  This panel will explore the policy, science and financing frameworks needed to support coastal blue carbon offsets and credits that aid conservation and restoration.

Opening Remarks:

The Honorable Alan Lowenthal, U.S. House of Representatives, CA-47

Moderator:

Ariana Sutton-Grier, Ph.D., Director of Science, Maryland and Washington DC Chapter, The Nature Conservancy and Visiting Associate Research Professor, University of Maryland College Park

Speakers:

Steve Crooks, Ph.D., Principal, Wetlands Science and Coastal Management, Silverstrum Climate Associates

Jennifer Howard, Ph.D., Marine Climate Change Manager, Conservation International

Stefanie Simpson, Blue Carbon Program Senior Manager, Restore America’s Estuaries

Scott Settelmyer,  Managing Director, TerraCarbon

 

Location: Hemisphere A

Public-private partnerships and market-based solutions are time-tested tools for supporting environmental protection and land conservation.  What roles can they play in enhancing ocean science, technology, and engagement? in this session, we discuss innovative models for private sector participation in marine and Great Lakes conservation to identify factors that lead to success, challenges to be addressed, and potential for replication and increased conservation outcomes.

Moderator:

Monica Medina, Founder and Publisher, Our Daily Planet

Speakers:

Sherry Flumerfelt, Executive Director, Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust

Brett Howell, MBA, PMP, Environmental Markets Entrepreneur

Julie Lawson, Director, Mayor’s Office of the Clean City, District of Columbia

Judy St. Leger, Corporate Vice-President of Research and Science, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

Location: Lobby

We invite attendees to relax, connect with colleagues, and visit exhibition booths in the lobby. Complimentary snacks and beverages provided for all attendees. Wifi is available throughout conference area and a limited number of charging stations for electronics are available near exhibit booths.

Location: Auditorium

Worldwide, healthy oceans, coasts and freshwater ecosystems are crucial for economic growth, resilient communities, and food production. This underscores the need for both coastal and inland communities to sustainably use and protect these natural resources.  Strong governance and national is necessary to support economic growth while at the same time protecting biodiversity and ensuring the environmental sustainability of ocean, coasts and Great Lakes.  In the U.S. ocean and Great Lakes policies have a long-standing history of strong bipartisan support. Building off CHOW 2017’s informative Congressional Roundtable, CHOW 2018 will bring together current and former Members of Congress for an update on the bipartisan efforts in Congress to meet these dual goals.

 

Moderator:

Jessica Leber, Deputy Managing Editor, Oceans Deeply

Speakers:

The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senate, Rhode Island

The Honorable Francis Rooney, U.S. House of Representatives, FL-19

The Honorable Suzanne Bonamici, U.S. House of Representatives, OR-01

 

8:30am-9:30am
Coffee Panel with Congressional Staff

Thank you to our panel host, Gorton’s Seafood Inc.
Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building

Capitol Hill Day will open with a coffee panel for attendees to hear from Hill staffers about the current state of ocean policy on Capitol Hill. While the topic will be determined closer to CHOW, the coffee serves to educate CHOW attendees before they hit the Hill for meetings throughout the day. The session aims to ensure conversations with Members and staff are productive by providing an overview and update of current events and conversations on the Hill.

We encourage Hill Day participants to schedule meetings with their U.S. representatives and senators.  Participants are responsible for setting up their own Hill meetings. Please note: the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is not setting up meetings for participants.

 

Easy Tips for Setting up a Meeting:

  • Click here to find the name of your U.S. representative or here for senators. You can also reach your US representatives by calling 202-225-3121, and US senators by calling 202-224-3121. Ask the operator to connect you to the individual office.
  • Ask to speak to the aide who handles ocean issues and request a meeting for June 7th. Let them know you are participating in Capitol Hill Ocean Week.  Your call and meeting will be more influential if you speak to the correct aide. However, congressional aides are very busy and this is not always possible. If you cannot speak directly with the aide, leave a message with the receptionist stating that you would like to set up a meeting.  Tell them the topic of the meeting, for example, NOAA funding, fisheries, marine protected areas, etc.
  • Let them know that you are a constituent. Elected officials are most interested in your opinions if you are their constituent, so be sure to say the city and state you are from.

Tips for Crafting Your Message:

Click here for an informative video from our friends at COMPASS on how to craft your message for your Hill Day meetings!

Thank you to our reception co-hosts, Ocean Caucus Foundation and The Philip Stephenson Foundation

Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Capitol Hill Day 2018 will culminate with an evening Hill reception. With workshops, meetings, briefings, and hearings throughout what is anticipated to be a busy week and Hill Day, this reception provides a needed opportunity for CHOW attendees to connect with Members and their staff, Administration officials, and other CHOW attendees and speakers, and celebrate a successful week of ocean conservation and policy action!

9:30am - 10:30am
Igniting Ocean Conservation through Media and Art​: Auditorium

Visual media can ignite the mind in a way that talk and text don’t, providing opportunity for education, emotional connection, and broader public engagement in marine science and conservation. In this session, learn how creative minds are using video, photography, and art to put ocean issues in front of new audiences and inspire conservation and sustainable use.

Moderator:

Julie Phillips, Vice President, Content Strategy – Herschend Family Enterprises

Speakers:

Mark Brownlow, Series Producer, BBC’s Blue Planet II

Asher Jay, Creative Conservationist

John Tartaglia, Actor-Puppeteer, Splash and Bubbles

Jim Toomey,  Syndicated Cartoonist, “Sherman’s Lagoon”

A healthy  U.S. economy depends on our ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources.  The science and management to conserve and sustainably use these resources is at the heart of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) mission.  Come hear from RDML Timothy Gallaudet about the Administration’s priorities to support our blue economy.

Keynote:

RDML Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret., Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, U.S. Department of Commerce

11:00 am - 12:15pm
Recovering Coral Reefs: Auditorium

Covering less than 1 percent of the ocean, coral reefs support 25 percent of marine life globally to provide an estimated $1 trillion in value to the world economy, including $300 to $400 million annual in value for food and livelihoods from tourism, fisheries, and medicine.  Reefs are integral to the livelihoods and well-being of billions of people. But, we risk losing these valuable ecosystems. Nearly 75 percent of the world’s coral reefs are threatened by overfishing, habitat destruction, water pollution, climate change, and ocean acidification.  Efforts to conserve and restore coral reefs are lagging far behind their rate of destruction. To preserve this amazing biodiversity, we must protect these valuable ecosystems and develop new conservation solutions and restoration techniques to protect these invaluable ecosystems.

Opening Remarks:

Rep. Madeleine Bordallo, U.S. House of Representatives, Guam

Moderator:

Nancy Knowlton, Ph.D., Sant Chair for Marine Science, Smithsonian Institution

Speakers:

Greg Asner, Ph.D., Faculty, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science

Erinn Muller, Ph.D., Coral Health and Disease Scientist and Program Manager, Mote Marine Laboratory

Luiz Rocha, Ph.D., Associate Curator and Follett Chair of Ichthyology, California Academy of Sciences

Ecological restoration provides people with the opportunity to both repair damage to the environment and re-establish relationships between nature and culture; it benefits both people and nature. In this panel, learn how ecological restoration projects are engaging communities in practice and developing more inclusive processes.

Opening Remarks:

The Honorable A. Donald McEachin, U.S. House of Representatives, VA-04

Moderator:

Monica Barra, Anthropologist, The Water Institute of the Gulf

Speakers:

William Aila Jr., Deputy to the Chairman of the Department of the Hawaiian Home Lands, Department of the Hawaiian Homelands

Curtis Bennett, Director of Conservation and Community Engagement, National Aquarium

Les Burke, J.D., Founder, Jr. Scientists in the Sea

Kathryn MacCormick, Pamunkey Indian Reservation Living Shorelines Project Coordinator, Pamunkey Indian Tribe

11:00am - 12:15pm
Adaptive Management for Shifting Populations: Hemisphere A

Sponsored by International Fund for Animal Welfare

As the ocean and Great Lakes warm, the geographic ranges of species are shifting. In the fishing industry, some fishermen are having difficulty filling their quota as fish shift out of the area, while others are finding an abundance of fish for which they don’t have permits. For whales, seals, dolphins and other marine mammals, changes in ocean conditions and food web dynamics have cascading consequences which in turn present challenges for managers, businesses, and rescue efforts. In this session, we explore the tools available and the gaps that exist to ensure management is adaptive to ecological shifts yet remains sufficiently protective.

Opening Remarks:

Patrick Ramage, Director of the Global Marine Conservation Program, International Fund for Animal Welfare

The Honorable Chellie Pingree, U.S. House of Representatives, ME-01

Moderator:

Stephen E. Roady, Professor, School of Law and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University

Speakers:

Robert Beal, Executive Director, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

Kristin Kleisner, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Oceans, Environmental Defense Fund Boston

Patrice McCarron, Executive Director, Maine Lobstermen’s Association

Andrew Pershing, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Coastal communities face ever-increasing risks from sea level rise, floods, and more frequent and severe hurricanes. As these threats interact, they amplify natural disasters, increasing property damage and loss of life. Continuing to bail ourselves out after disaster strikes is not an economically sound strategy and cannot make up for American lives lost. Communities must take action to adapt and reduce risk to create a more resilient nation. This session explores the tools available to help citizens and communities assess and reduce their risk and build a more resilient nation.

Moderator:

Russell Callender, Ph.D., Assistant Administrator, National Ocean Service, NOAA

Speakers:

Alan Blumberg, Co-Founder, Jupiter Intel

Chip Cunliffe, Director for Sustainable Development, XL Catlin

Paula Pagniez, Director of Capital, Science and Policy Practice, Willis Towers Watson

Elizabeth Wheaton, Environment and Sustainability Director, City of Miami Beach

11:00am - 12:15pm
Open Innovation to Drive a Sea Change: Hemisphere B

Open Innovation? Disruptive Thinking? Hackathons? Artificial Intelligence? You’ve heard the terms but what do they mean for marine and Great Lakes conservation?  Scientists, technologists, resource managers, and businesses are looking for new tools and transformative ideas to accelerate conservation outcomes. In this session, we explore how open innovation tools like mass collaboration, prizes and hackathons are drawing in leaders from across industries to help solve some of the ocean’s toughest challenges, leading to new public-private partnerships for ocean and Great Lakes conservation and management.

Moderator:

Sandeep Patel, Open Innovation Director, US Department of Health and Human Services

Speakers:

Shaharris Beh, CEO, HackerNest

Tanya Berger-Wolf, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Director, Wildbook

Alex Dehgan, Co-Founder, Conservation X Labs

Andrew Thaler, Ph.D., CEO, Blackbeard Biologic

The world needs both wild-capture fisheries and aquaculture as part of a sustainable food supply as the population continues to grow. While the U.S. is a leader in sustainable wild-capture fisheries, U.S. aquaculture development lags behind. Increased offshore aquaculture has the promise of increasing food security in the U.S., growing the American economy, reducing the U.S. seafood trade deficit, and offering fishermen an opportunity to diversify their production for greater financial security. In this session we explore current challenges and potential solutions to sustainable offshore aquaculture, including complexities of business operations, financial investments and risk, technological advancements, and the need for environmental monitoring, sustainability standards, and sound management and policy.

 

Moderator:

TJ Tate, CEO and Founder, Seafood.Life

Speakers:

Omar Alfi, Co-CEO, Pacifico Aquaculture

Daniel Benetti, Ph.D., Professor, Marine Affairs & Policy, University of Miami Rosenthiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Max Holtzman, Principal, Pontos Aqua Advisory and Vice Chairman, Capitol Peak Asset Management

10:30am - 11:00am
Break for Networking and Exhibits: Lobby

We encourage attendees to relax, connect with colleagues, and visit exhibition booths in the lobby. Complimentary snacks and beverages provided for all registered attendees. Wifi is available throughout conference area and charging stations for electronics are available near exhibit booths.

 

 

We invite all registrants to enjoy complimentary food and beverages provided in the Amphitheater lobby area, or feel free to purchase lunch on your own in the Food Court on the Concourse level. Attendees are encouraged to relax, connect with colleagues, and visit exhibition booths. Wifi is available throughout conference area and a limited number of charging stations for electronics are available near exhibit booths.

Location: Hemisphere A

Please note: lunch will not be served at this event. We invite all registrants to enjoy complimentary food and beverages provided in the Amphitheater lobby area, or feel free to purchase lunch on your own in the Food Court on the Concourse level.

We encourage attendees to relax, connect with colleagues, and visit exhibition booths in the lobby. Complimentary snacks and beverages provided for all registered attendees. Wifi is available throughout conference area and charging stations for electronics are available near exhibit booths.

9:30am - 10:30am
The Margaret Davidson Emerging Leaders Roundtable: Auditorium

Margaret Davidson was an ocean visionary dedicated to fostering early-career leaders and tackling challenging ocean and coastal issues with unwavering determination and innovation. In her honor, CHOW 2018 hosts the next generation  of leaders who are becoming catalysts of change in marine and Great lakes sustainability, business, and economics to share what sparks their creativity, how they engage others to make ideas reality, and where they hope to direct the path of private sector engagement in the future.

Opening Remarks:

The Honorable Jimmy Panetta, U.S. House of Representatives, CA-20

Moderator:

Adam Lowry, CEO, Ripple and Co-founder, Method

Speakers:

Bridget Coughlin, Ph.D., President and CEO, Shedd Aquarium

Karrie Denniston, Senior Director for Sustainability, Walmart Foundation

Doug McCauley, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California Santa Barbara

Ruth Perry, Ph.D., Marine Scientist and Regulatory Specialist, Shell Exploration and Production Company

Worldwide, healthy oceans, coasts and freshwater ecosystems are crucial for economic growth, resilient communities, and food production. This underscores the need for both coastal and inland communities to sustainably use and protect these natural resources.  Strong governance and national is necessary to support economic growth while at the same time protecting biodiversity and ensuring the environmental sustainability of ocean, coasts and Great Lakes.  In the U.S. ocean and Great Lakes policies have a long-standing history of strong bipartisan support. Building off CHOW 2017’s informative Congressional Roundtable, CHOW 2018 will bring together current and former Members of Congress for an update on the bipartisan efforts in Congress to meet these dual goals.

 

Moderator:

Jessica Leber, Deputy Managing Editor, Oceans Deeply

Speakers:

The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senate, Rhode Island

The Honorable Francis Rooney, U.S. House of Representatives, FL-19

The Honorable Suzanne Bonamici, U.S. House of Representatives, OR-01

11:00am - 12:15pm
Gulf Coast Restoration: Auditorium

The Gulf of Mexico ecosystem is a dynamic, diverse, and ever changing environment. From inland watersheds and rivers to winding coasts to the deep ocean, the health and productivity of the Gulf and its communities depends upon its restoration and its re-engineering. We must understand the connectivity and complexity of the Gulf’s different environments while balancing a diversity of human uses. Additionally, impacts from storms, flooding, and increasingly frequent extreme events play a critical role in the ties between land and sea. It is crucial to address challenges from science, policy, community action, and management perspectives. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a time of historic investment for Gulf restoration that, if done strategically and proactively, can rebuild natural coastal barriers, conserve a diversity of habitats throughout the Gulf ecosystem, and underscore the importance of restoration and resiliency for  the health and prosperity of the entire Gulf of Mexico.

Moderator:

Alexis Baldera, Director, Gulf Restoration Program, Ocean Conservancy

Speakers:

Antonio J. Busalacchi, Ph.D., President, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Daniel Gotoff, Partner, Lake Research Partners

Bren Haase, Chief of the Planning and Research Division, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

David Yoskowitz, Ph.D., Associate Director, Harte Research Institute

With the passage of the Magnuson Stevens Act in 1976, the U.S. took control of fishing in our exclusive economic zone, pushing out foreign vessels and establishing measures to prevent overfishing. In 1996 and 2006, amendments to the Act added requirements for rebuilding and science-based catch limits, establishing the U.S. as a world leader in sustainable fisheries. In this session, industry experts discuss the impact of the Magnuson Stevens Act in restoring American fisheries and supporting a sustainable blue economy.

Moderator:

Margaret Spring, Vice President of Conservation and Science and Chief Conservation Officer, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Speakers:

Chris Brown, President, Seafood Harvesters of America

Monica Goldberg, Chief Counsel, Oceans, Environmental Defense Fund

Greg Jeffers, Director of Purchasing, Gorton’s Inc.

Steve Murawski, Ph.D., Population Dynamics and Marine Ecosystem Analysis Professor, University of South Florida

Alan Risenhoover, Director of Sustainable Fisheries, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

11:00am - 12:15pm
Predicting, Detecting, and Preparing for Increasing Acidification: Hemisphere A

Sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences

The effects of ocean acidification reach throughout the ocean, impacting numerous ecosystems and economies that depend on them. As these impacts radiate through different ecosystems, declines in shellfish and fish threaten fisheries and aquaculture, deteriorated reefs weaken coastal protection, and declining reefs and mammal populations impact tourism. In this session, we explore the lessons learned from states coping with local effects of ocean acidification as we develop better predictions for acidification around the country and as state and federal policymakers draft legislation to mitigate and adapt to ocean acidification.

Opening Remarks:

Luiz Rocha, Ph.D., Associate Curator and Follett Chair of Ichthyology, California Academy of Sciences

The Honorable Salud Carbajal, U.S. House of Representatives, CA-24

Moderator:

Alexis Valauri-Orton, Ocean Acidification Program Manager, The Ocean Foundation

Speakers:

Jan Newton, Ph.D., Director, Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems and Principal Oceanographer with Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington School of Oceanography and School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

Karina Nielsen Ph.D., Director, Estuary and Ocean Science Center and Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University

Nichole Price, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Director of Center for Venture Research on Seafood Security, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Joseph Salisbury, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor of Oceanography, Ocean Processes Analysis Laboratory, University of New Hampshire

Brett Veerhusen, Principal, Ocean Strategies and and Alaskan Commercial Fisherman

Mangrove forests, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass beds represent a globally relevant carbon stock. The carbon contained in these ecosystems, known as coastal blue carbon, remains stable for as long as the ecosystem remains intact, but once the system is degraded or destroyed communities lose many ecosystem services and the carbon that took millennia to sequester can be lost to the atmosphere in less than a decade. Understanding how to calculate, report and verify greenhouse gas reductions from coastal ecosystems is critical to developing markets for credits that can provide long-term funding for protection and restoration efforts.  This panel will explore the policy, science and financing frameworks needed to support coastal blue carbon offsets and credits that aid conservation and restoration.

Opening Remarks:

The Honorable Alan Lowenthal, U.S. House of Representatives, CA-47

Moderator:

Ariana Sutton-Grier, Ph.D., Director of Science, Maryland and Washington DC Chapter, The Nature Conservancy and Visiting Associate Research Professor, University of Maryland College Park

Speakers:

Steve Crooks, Ph.D., Principal, Wetlands Science and Coastal Management, Silverstrum Climate Associates

Jennifer Howard, Ph.D., Marine Climate Change Manager, Conservation International

Stefanie Simpson, Blue Carbon Program Senior Manager, Restore America’s Estuaries

Scott Settelmyer,  Managing Director, TerraCarbon

11:00am - 12:15pm
The Value of Protected Places: Hemisphere B

Protected areas are places of special significance and great value to society, ecologically, culturally, and economically. These sites provide a place for people to connect with nature in an ever-developing world, they are homes to rare species and nurseries for commercially and recreationally important fish, they preserve historic and cultural resources, and they support a growing outdoor industry. This session explores the value of these places and the benefits of their protection to American communities and future generations.

 

Moderator:

Tracy Rouleau, President, TBD Economics

Speakers:

Tundi Agardy, Ph.D., Executive Director, Sound Seas

Will Benson, Captain, World Angling, Inc.

Matt Liddle, Outdoor Programs and Outreach Mid-Atlantic Manager, REI

Jim Ritterhoff, Co-Founder, Force Blue

 

Public-private partnerships and market-based solutions are time-tested tools for supporting environmental protection and land conservation.  What roles can they play in enhancing ocean science, technology, and engagement? in this session, we discuss innovative models for private sector participation in marine and Great Lakes conservation to identify factors that lead to success, challenges to be addressed, and potential for replication and increased conservation outcomes.


Moderator:

Monica Medina, Founder and Publisher, Our Daily Planet

Speakers:

Sherry Flumerfelt, Executive Director, Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust

Brett Howell, MBA, PMP, Environmental Markets Entrepreneur

Julie Lawson, Director, Mayor’s Office of the Clean City, District of Columbia

Judy St. Leger, Corporate Vice-President of Research and Science, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

10:30am - 11:00am
Break for Networking and Exhibits: Lobby

We encourage attendees to relax, connect with colleagues, and visit exhibition booths in the lobby. Complimentary snacks and beverages provided for all registered attendees. Wifi is available throughout conference area and charging stations for electronics are available near exhibit booths.

We invite all registrants to enjoy complimentary food and beverages provided in the Amphitheater lobby area, or feel free to purchase lunch on your own in the Food Court on the Concourse level. Attendees are encouraged to relax, connect with colleagues, and visit exhibition booths. Wifi is available throughout conference area and a limited number of charging stations for electronics are available near exhibit booths.

We encourage attendees to relax, connect with colleagues, and visit exhibition booths in the lobby. Complimentary snacks and beverages provided for all registered attendees. Wifi is available throughout conference area and charging stations for electronics are available near exhibit booths.

8:30am-9:30am
Morning Panel with Congressional Staff

Thank you to our panel host, Gorton’s Seafood Inc. 

Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building

Capitol Hill Day will open with a morning panel and continental breakfast for attendees to hear from Hill staffers about the current state of ocean policy on Capitol Hill. While the topic will be determined closer to CHOW, this session serves to educate CHOW attendees before they hit the Hill for meetings throughout the day. The session aims to ensure conversations with Members and staff are productive by providing an overview and update of current events and conversations on the Hill.

We encourage Hill Day participants to schedule meetings with their U.S. representatives and senators.  Participants are responsible for setting up their own Hill meetings. Please note: the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is not setting up meetings for participants.

 

Easy Tips for Setting up a Meeting:

  • Click here to find the name of your U.S. representative or here for senators. You can also reach your US representatives by calling 202-225-3121, and US senators by calling 202-224-3121. Ask the operator to connect you to the individual office.
  • Ask to speak to the aide who handles ocean issues and request a meeting for June 7th. Let them know you are participating in Capitol Hill Ocean Week.  Your call and meeting will be more influential if you speak to the correct aide. However, congressional aides are very busy and this is not always possible. If you cannot speak directly with the aide, leave a message with the receptionist stating that you would like to set up a meeting.  Tell them the topic of the meeting, for example, NOAA funding, fisheries, marine protected areas, etc.
  • Let them know that you are a constituent. Elected officials are most interested in your opinions if you are their constituent, so be sure to say the city and state you are from.

Tips for Crafting Your Message:

Click here for an informative video from our friends at COMPASS on how to craft your message for your Hill Day meetings!

 

Thank you to our reception co-hosts, Ocean Caucus Foundation and The Philip Stephenson Foundation

Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Capitol Hill Day 2018 will culminate with an evening Hill reception. With workshops, meetings, briefings, and hearings throughout what is anticipated to be a busy week and Hill Day, this reception provides a needed opportunity for CHOW attendees to connect with Members and their staff, Administration officials, and other CHOW attendees and speakers, and celebrate a successful week of ocean conservation and policy action!

Partner Events

Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans: 4th International Symposium
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
BlueTech Expo 2018

Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Foyer

Description: Join IOSTIA and Sea Technology Magazine to promote ocean “blue” technology and innovation. The BlueTech Expo will feature an exhibition of ocean innovators demonstrating and discussing their products, services and customer success stories with key decision-makers, members of Congress and their staff. The exhibition will be followed by an innovative B2G networking social.

Website: bluetechexpo.org

10:00 am-7:00 pm
Ocean Plastics Lab

Location: National Mall

Description: The Ocean Plastics Lab is an exciting exhibition about science: It showcases the contribution of science to understand and combat the problem of plastics in the ocean. The Lab will travel to various locations worldwide, inviting the public to engage with scientific work being done right now around the world. In the context of current discussions about science in society the Lab demonstrates science’s fundamental role in tackling societal challenges and highlights that society is an integral part of science The Ocean Plastics Lab willbe on display in the nation’s capital in June 2018

Website: oceanplasticslab.net/tour/washington-d-c/

Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans: 4th International Symposium
10:00 am-7:00 pm
Ocean Plastics Lab

Location: National Mall

Description: The Ocean Plastics Lab is an exciting exhibition about science: It showcases the contribution of science to understand and combat the problem of plastics in the ocean. The Lab will travel to various locations worldwide, inviting the public to engage with scientific work being done right now around the world. In the context of current discussions about science in society the Lab demonstrates science’s fundamental role in tackling societal challenges and highlights that society is an integral part of science The Ocean Plastics Lab willbe on display in the nation’s capital in June 2018

Website: oceanplasticslab.net/tour/washington-d-c/

Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans: 4th International Symposium
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NOAA Fish Fry

Location: Department of Commerce, Courtyard

Description: The NOAA Fish Fry provides an opportunity for 16-20 different seafood chefs and vendors to display their seafood and bring awareness to their local fisheries.  The guest chefs come from locations around the United States from as far as Alaska and Hawaii to as close as the Chesapeake Bay.  Both wild caught and aquaculture raised fish and shellfish are served. Tickets go on sale in early May and are only available through BrownPaperTickets.com.

10:00 am-7:00 pm
Ocean Plastics Lab

Location: National Mall

Description: The Ocean Plastics Lab is an exciting exhibition about science: It showcases the contribution of science to understand and combat the problem of plastics in the ocean. The Lab will travel to various locations worldwide, inviting the public to engage with scientific work being done right now around the world. In the context of current discussions about science in society the Lab demonstrates science’s fundamental role in tackling societal challenges and highlights that society is an integral part of science The Ocean Plastics Lab willbe on display in the nation’s capital in June 2018

Website: oceanplasticslab.net/tour/washington-d-c/

Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans: 4th International Symposium
10:00 am-7:00 pm
Ocean Plastics Lab

Location: National Mall

Description: The Ocean Plastics Lab is an exciting exhibition about science: It showcases the contribution of science to understand and combat the problem of plastics in the ocean. The Lab will travel to various locations worldwide, inviting the public to engage with scientific work being done right now around the world. In the context of current discussions about science in society the Lab demonstrates science’s fundamental role in tackling societal challenges and highlights that society is an integral part of science The Ocean Plastics Lab willbe on display in the nation’s capital in June 2018

Website: oceanplasticslab.net/tour/washington-d-c/

Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans: 4th International Symposium
World Oceans Day

On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will protect our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration on 8 June!

Find local events near you at worldoceansday.org

10:00 am-7:00 pm
Ocean Plastics Lab

Location: National Mall

Description: The Ocean Plastics Lab is an exciting exhibition about science: It showcases the contribution of science to understand and combat the problem of plastics in the ocean. The Lab will travel to various locations worldwide, inviting the public to engage with scientific work being done right now around the world. In the context of current discussions about science in society the Lab demonstrates science’s fundamental role in tackling societal challenges and highlights that society is an integral part of science The Ocean Plastics Lab willbe on display in the nation’s capital in June 2018

Website: oceanplasticslab.net/tour/washington-d-c/

2pm to 4pm
Expert is In - Ocean Rocks!

Location: Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – Sant Ocean Hall

Description: Travel to the ocean floor to explore underwater volcanoes!  Find out what marine geologists know about ocean rocks and what they can teach us about the Earth. Learn how geologists get rocks up off of the ocean floor. Observe for yourself rocks from 10,000 feet below the waves. Hear tales of wild times at sea!

All Day
March for the Ocean

Location: National Mall

Description: On June 9, 2018, the March for the Ocean (M4O) campaign will organize mass events including flotillas, marches, and rallies in our nation’s capital and around the country in order to protect our human and wild communities and restore the blue in our red, white and blue.   Blue Frontier Campaign and 70+ partners will mobilize an inclusive and diverse constituency to ensure we have a healthy ocean and clean water for future generations.

Website: marchfortheocean.org

10:00 am-7:00 pm
Ocean Plastics Lab

Location: National Mall

Description: The Ocean Plastics Lab is an exciting exhibition about science: It showcases the contribution of science to understand and combat the problem of plastics in the ocean. The Lab will travel to various locations worldwide, inviting the public to engage with scientific work being done right now around the world. In the context of current discussions about science in society the Lab demonstrates science’s fundamental role in tackling societal challenges and highlights that society is an integral part of science The Ocean Plastics Lab willbe on display in the nation’s capital in June 2018

Website: oceanplasticslab.net/en/opl_exhibition_washington.php

11am to 4pm
World Ocean Family Day

Location: Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Description: Explore how we all can keep our ocean plastic-free through activities for all members of your family.  Meet scientists and community leaders to learn about local, positive stories and initiatives that your family can get involved in!

About This Year’s Conference

Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2018

CHOW LOGO 2018
Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2018

What started as a small, daylong gathering in 2001 is now Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), the nation’s premier annual conference examining current marine, coastal, and Great Lakes policy issues. Convened by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation every June, CHOW brings together national and global stakeholders to address pressing science, conservation, and management issues facing our ocean and Great Lakes.

This year’s conference takes place over two days and includes high-level plenaries from ocean visionaries and breakout sessions for deeper discussions. Conversations will focus on our changing ocean, restoration of our ocean and Great Lakes, and working together for sustainable waters.

The Ocean Awards Gala

The Ocean Awards Gala, hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in conjunction with CHOW, recognizes champions of marine and Great Lakes stewardship. Past honorees include President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, Members of Congress, leading scientists, philanthropists, explorers, and dedicated community volunteers. Guests enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail reception, post-program dessert reception, and a menu featuring sustainable seafood.

United States Of America Capitol Building
Hill Day

On June 7th, 2018, Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) provides the opportunity to elevate ocean and Great Lakes policy issues with Members of Congress and their staff with the first-ever CHOW Capitol Hill Day. Capitol Hill Day will give attendees the opportunity to meet with their elected officials to discuss critical policy issues affecting conservation, science, and technology.

CHOW Capitol Hill Day will feature other unique opportunities for attendees to engage with key decision makers, in addition to Hill meetings:

  • A morning coffee panel featuring Congressional staff discussing ocean and Great Lakes legislation; and
  • An evening reception on the Hill to network and connect with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, Administration officials, scientists, business and industry executives, and other ocean leaders.

Dive Bars + Eats

Keep the conversation going and visit our favorite sustainable seafood restaurants and bars while you’re in DC for Capitol Hill Ocean Week! Your patronage supports these local businesses and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

 

 

 

 

Kellari Taverna is a seafood restaurant that specializes in a Mediterranean  style of cooking. We are using simple and fresh ingredients to accompany our fresh fish and selfish. All of our products come from sustainable fisheries from the Mediterranean sea and from other sustainable fisheries from all over the world. We carefully select our sources and we have partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, following their guidelines and recommendations to ensure that our purveyors and the product we receive from all aquaculture operations is sustainable certified. We strongly support and promote sustainable seafood to our clientele and train our employees to do the same.

$1 from every drink served in the dining room on June 5, 6, and 7 will support the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

Kellari Taverna
1700 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006

Located in Mount Vernon Triangle, Farmers & Distillers is brought to you from the team behind Founding Farmers. Our sustainability practices align with our Founding Farmer mindset. Farmers & Distillers has pursued LEED certification and is a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant®. Our commitment to the environment can be seen in our filtered water system that says no to plastic bottles, in the light bulbs above you, the faucet you use to wash your hands, the oven cooking your food, and the farmers who grow it. This land is our land. We are working to find ways to do more good and less harm. That is what keeping it green means to us. We hope you will join us in this quest for progress.

$1 from each Constitution cocktail sold during Capitol Hill Ocean Week will benefit the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Constitution –beefeater gin, chamomile, ginger, blueberries, lemon, seltzer.

Farmers and Distillers
600 Mass Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Sponsorships

The generosity of our sponsors enables the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to offer “open source” programming. That brings together hundreds of people from diverse backgrounds to engage in the discussion of critical issues and the formulation of new ideas. Click here for sponsorship information and opportunities.

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Keynote speakers

Meet our most valued speakes

Ruth Perry, Ph.D. – Speaker

Marine Scientist and Regulatory Policy Specialist - Shell Exploration and Production Company

Dr. Ruth Perry joined Shell Oil Company as a Marine Scientist and Regulatory Policy Specialist in 2014. She integrates marine

Ms. Judy St. Leger – Speaker

Corporate Vice-President of Research and Science - SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

Dr. Judy St. Leger is the Vice-President of Research and Science for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. She works with univers

    Mr. Brett Veerhusen – Speaker

    Ocean Strategies - Principal

    Ocean Strategies founder Brett Veerhusen is a seasoned organization and coalition strategist. A lifelong Alaskan commercial f

    Joseph Salisbury, Ph.D. – Speaker

    Ocean Processes Analysis Laboratory - Associate Research Professor

    My interests focus on the biogeochemistry and ecology of coastal regions, particularly those influenced by riverine processes

      Nichole N. Price, Ph.D. – Speaker

      Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences - Senior Research Scientist

      Nichole Price is a Senior Research Scientist and Director of a new center focused on securing sustainable, nutritious, and sa

      Karina J. Nielsen, Ph.D. – Speaker

      Estuary & Ocean Science Center, San Francisco State University - Director, Professor of Biology

      Karina Nielsen is Director of the Estuary & Ocean Science Center and a Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University

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      Ocean Awards Gala
      $350 per person
      • Pre-dinner cocktail reception sponsored by McDonald's Corporation
      • Dinner featuring sustainable seafood options
      • Post-program dessert reception
      • This event is currently sold out. We are accepting names for our waiting list
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      CHOW 2018
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      • Access to all conference sessions
      • Snacks and beverages throughout the day
      • Free Wi-Fi in conference areas
      • The opportunity to network with leaders in ocean and Great Lakes conservation
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      Capitol Hill Day
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      • Breakfast panel featuring Congressional staff
      • The opportunity to engage your elected officials about ocean issues
      • Evening networking reception
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