Capitol Hill Ocean Week Videos

Igniting Ocean Conservation Through Media and Art

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.

The Margaret Davidson Emerging Leaders Roundtable

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 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.

Offshore Aquaculture: Rewards and Risks of Ocean Farming

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.

NOAA's Vision for the Blue Economy

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. On June 5, RDML Timothy Gallaudet presented the Administration’s priorities to support our blue economy.

Congressional Leadership Roundtable

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 brought together current Members of Congress for an update on the bipartisan efforts on Capitol Hill to meet these dual goals.

Recovering Coral Reefs

Covering less than one 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.