American Prosperity and Global Security: Ocean Solutions for the 21st Century

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What: Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2011 (CHOW) will focus on how the United States can secure an adequate, affordable, and sustainable supply of ocean and coastal resources and services for the benefit of current and future generations.

When: June 7 - 9, 2011

Where: Reserve Officers Association Building, Fifth Floor One Constitution Avenue, N.E., Washington, DC

Hosts: Coordinated by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2011 is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors. Click here for a complete list of sponsors.

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Tuesday, June 7

9:00am - 11:00am

CHOW Symposium Registration

11:00am - 11:45am

Welcome and Opening Keynote--Clip 1, Clip 2

America’s long-­‐term interests in worldwide economic stability, international peace, and optimized global resource use are closely connected with how our country manages its ocean while leading other nations on the world stage. The opening keynote address will set the stage for CHOW 2011 by describing how the security, stability, and prosperity of our nation and the world have been and will always be dependent on our ocean.

Dr. Jane Lubchenco | Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

11:45am - 1:15pm

Exhibitor's Lunch

Attendees are encouraged to visit exhibition booths in the lobby.

1:15pm - 3:00pm

Ocean Contributions to American Prosperity:
Securing our Way of Life on a Changing Planet

The introductory panel session will offer a comprehensive description of the national imperative to secure ocean resources for the current and future benefit of the United States, including a review of the government’s diverse roles in safeguarding the benefits of a free, safe, and healthy ocean for all Americans. In addition to offering a summary of the many ways in which our economy and daily lives are inextricably linked to the ocean, panelists will focus on how public and private actors can increase efficiency and better manage risks to optimize ocean and coastal decisions that affect all our citizens.

Scott Gudes | Vice President of Legislative Affairs for Space Systems and Operations, Lockheed Martin Corporation (moderator)

Byron Black | Senior Maritime Safety and Security Advisor to the Secretary of Transportation

Laura Daniel-Davis | Chief of Staff, Department of the Interior

Laura Smith Morton | Renewable Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy

Joan Patricia Murphy | Cook County Commissioner; National Ocean Council Governance Coordinating Committee Member

Margaret Spring | Chief of Staff, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Tom Christensen | Regional Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service 

Paul F. Zukunft, RADM | Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security & Stewardship, US Coast Guard

3:15pm - 4:15pm

Capitol Hill Ocean Week Press Conference:
Ocean Science, Policy, and Communications in the 21st Century


America’s Ocean Future:
Ensuring Healthy Oceans to Support a Vibrant Economy

The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (Joint Initiative) Leadership Council will release a report calling on leaders to support effective implementation of the National Ocean Policy. The report highlights three fundamental components the Joint Initiative believes are essential for the National Ocean Policy to achieve its potential to improve ocean governance: robust federal coordination, in particular enhanced collaboration with and support for states and regions; improved collection and delivery of science and data to support decision making; and immediate investments that drive increased government efficiency and effectiveness and strengthen critical information collection and delivery. These recommendations set the stage for a future assessment by the Joint Initiative, in the form of a report card, of progress in implementing actions that will protect ocean ecosystems so that they can support ocean and coastal economies and protect the many American jobs that depend on them.

The Honorable William Ruckelshaus | Co-Chair, Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council

The Honorable Norman Mineta | Co-Chair, Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council

Announcing the 2011 Grantham Prize Winners:
Honoring Excellence in Environmental Journalism

Join the University of Rhode Island's Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting for the live announcement of the 2011 winners of the world’s richest journalism prize, The Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment. The $75,000 Grantham Prize, supported by the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment and administered by Metcalf Institute, has been recognizing exceptional environmental news coverage since 2006. The prize was created to encourage outstanding coverage of environmental and natural resource issues, to recognize reporting with the potential to bring about constructive change, and to broadly disseminate the prize-winning story to increase public awareness and understanding of environmental topics.

Sunshine Menezes
| Executive Director, Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography

Alanna Mitchell | Journalist and Author, Winner of the 2010 Grantham Prize

Wednesday, June 8

8:30am - 10:00am

Authors' Coffee:
Literary Perspectives on America’s Ocean

The second day of Capitol Hill Ocean Week will open with a review of recent literature that has sharpened the American public’s understanding of how ocean policies affect our nation. Prominent authors will discuss their recent works and aspects of our social and cultural interaction with the sea, including the need to maintain fishing traditions and a strong connection to our maritime past while simultaneously developing an ocean stewardship ethic to guide future generations.

Click here to browse our featured authors' recent works at the Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2011 Authors' Coffee Bookstore. 

Steve Mentz | Associate Professor of English, St. John's University (At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean) (moderator) 

Juliet Eilperin | Natural Environment Report, The Washington Post, (Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks)

Paul Greenberg | Author (Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food)

Alanna Mitchell | Journalist and author (Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis)

Dr. Bill Streever | North Slope Science Initiative Science Technical Advisory Panel; BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc. (Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places)

10:15am - 11:45am

How Dramatic are the Demands of a Changing Ocean?

Over the past decade, researchers around the world have collected irrefutable observational evidence of seemingly small yet fundamental physical and chemical changes that are slowly occurring in the global ocean. This session will focus on the current and potential future magnitude of such changes and the challenges that they present for America’s continuing stability and prosperity. Sea-level rise and ocean acidification are already affecting coastal resource economies and essential infrastructure, and presenters will offer insights into the potential scale of impacts that threaten our nation by examining public health, military capabilities, and public lands and waters. 

Steve Gittings
| Science Coordinator, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (moderator) 

Kathleen Reytar | Research Associate, World Resources Institute

Joseph F. Donoghue | Associate Professor, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Florida State University

Dr. Sandra L. McLellan | Senior Scientist, Great Lakes WATER Institute, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  

Chelsie Papiez | Coastal Resource Planner, Chesapeake and Coastal Program, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

11:45am - 12:30pm


12:30pm - 2:00pm

Difficult Choices:
A Focus on Job Losses and Distressed Coastal Communities

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Creating new jobs and saving existing ones is a top priority for both the Administration and Congress. A healthy ocean and resilient coasts provide the foundation for millions of jobs and billions of dollars of commercial and recreational activity each year, encouraging investment and economic growth that benefit all Americans – not just the 53 percent of us who live in coastal counties. In this session, speakers will discuss the ways in which unsustainable use of ocean and coastal resources can threaten job opportunities and undermine human health and happiness. Panelists will also explore ocean decisions that can help secure coastal and inland communities from the economic challenges they currently face.

The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse | United States Senator, Rhode Island (opening remarks)

Carol Bernthal
| Acting West Coast Regional Director, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (moderator) 

Peter E.T. Edwards, Ph.D | Natural Resource Economist, Office of Habitat Conservation, NOAA Fisheries 

Jennifer Litteral | Policy Director, Island Institute

Stephen D. Kroll | Owner/operator of Great Lakes Divers, LLC and Sweetwater Charters, LLC

Gary Cline | Permanent Protection Coordinator, Nunamta Aulukestai (Caretakers of Our Land)

2:15pm - 3:45pm

The 21st Century Ocean:
New Challenges for Global Security

The United States faces a broad and complex range of national security threats in the 21st century, including natural disasters, violent extremism, weapons proliferation, and the actions of both rising and rogue state powers. Stretching over 12,380 miles of coastline, America’s ocean borders are 65 percent longer than the United States’ boundaries on land, and the size of our ocean territory in the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, and Gulf of Mexico is 25 percent larger than the country’s landmass. This panel will offer an overview of how a changing ocean threatens America’s national security by reviewing the importance of freedom of navigation and the globally destabilizing influence of mass migration prompted by coastal inundation, among other topics.

Sherri Goodman
| Senior Vice President and General Counsel, CNA (moderator) 

RDML Fred Byus | Vice President, Navy and Special Operations Market Sector, Battelle Memorial Institute

Dr. Robert Gisiner | Head, Marine Science Branch, Navy CNO N45, Energy and Environmental Readiness Division

J. Ashley Roach | Captain, JAGC, USN (Ret.)

Stephen L. Caldwell | Director, Maritime Security and Coast Guard Issues, Government Accountability Office

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Opportunity and Risk in a Changing Arctic:
American Prosperity and Security on the Next Frontier

It is clear that the future Arctic promises to be radically different from the one which we experience today, with regard to both human activities and the environment in which they occur. This panel will continue exploring the themes of the previous session while focusing on issues specific to the Arctic. Speakers will examine the remarkable implications of reduced sea ice extent and warming temperatures for maritime commerce, fishery resources, energy supplies, and other aspects of America’s national security.

The Honorable Mark Begich | United States Senator, Alaska (opening remarks)

Jacqueline M. Grebmeier | Research Professor, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (moderator) 

Julia L. Gourley | U.S. Senior Arctic Official, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Dr. Bill Streever | North Slope Science Initiative Science Technical Advisory Panel; BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc.

Kevin O'Shea | Minister (Political Affairs), Embassy of Canada, Washington, DC 

Harry Brower | Chairman, Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission

Thursday, June 9

9:00am - 10:30am

Feeding the Nation:
National Security and American Seafood

The United States has a storied history as a maritime nation, and fishing has long served as both an economic engine and social and cultural touchstone for Americans from coast to coast. Today, with diminished populations of large, predatory fish, limited room for geographic expansion of marine fisheries, and declining global catch volumes, the legacy of that tradition is at risk. This panel will offer perspectives on the current and potential future state of both wild and aquaculture fisheries, including threats to food security and the sustainability of fishing opportunities and jobs for present and future generations.

Kieran Kelleher
| Consultant, Fisheries and Oceans, The World Bank (moderator) 

Bill Dewey | Director of Public Policy and Communications, Taylor Shellfish Company

Dr. Daniel Pauly | Professor of Fisheries and Zoology, UBC Fisheries Centre

Tom Raftican | President, The Sportfishing Conservancy

Dr. Mark Holliday | Director, Office of Policy, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

10:45am - 11:45am

Will Expanding the Ocean Knowledge Base Make a Difference for Security and Prosperity?

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This session will feature a discussion on the data, communications, and community engagement tools needed to address the public’s lack of ocean literacy and awareness, which poses a serious threat to our ability to secure the ocean’s benefits for current and future generations.

Dr. Jerry R.  Schubel | President and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific (moderator) 

Shannon Crownover | Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Ocean Conservancy

Scott Glenn | Professor, Rutgers University

David W. Titley | Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, USN, OPNAV N2/N6E

11:45am - 12:30pm


12:30pm - 2:00pm

Fueling the Nation:
Looking Ahead to a Secure American Energy Supply Chain

In recent years, the United States has imported roughly 50 percent of the oil that fuels our military’s combat operations and the transportation, manufacturing, and agricultural sectors of the American economy. Securing sea lanes for the safe transportation of energy supplies, including strategic chokepoints like the Suez Canal and Straits of Hormuz and Malacca that provide global access to Middle East petroleum reserves, is in the shared interest of many nations. Panelists in this session will describe the ocean’s role in the United States’ energy supply chain, focusing on threats to American energy security that could endanger global stability and the very foundation of our economy.

The Honorable Lisa Murkowski | United States Senator, Alaska (opening remarks)

Michael Kearns | Director, External Affairs, National Ocean Industries Association (moderator) 

Dr. Chad M. Briggs | Minerva Chair of Energy and Environmental Security, Air University, US Air Force

Walter D. Cruickshank, Ph.D | Deputy Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement

Doug Pfeister | Senior Vice President, Offshore Wind Development Coalition

Mr. John P. Quinn | Deputy Director, Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division

2:15pm - 2:45pm

Final Keynote

The Honorable Kerri-Ann Jones | Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

2:45pm - 4:30pm

Ocean Solutions for American Prosperity:
Securing our Future on a Changing Planet

The 4.5 million square miles of ocean within the United States’ Exclusive Economic Zone – the world’s largest – present tremendous opportunities as the nation seeks to promote job creation and economic growth in the wake of the Great Recession. Novel approaches to ocean management, offshore industry, and marine conservation will be necessary as communities from coast to coast seek to advance American innovation and competitiveness, and secure high-quality jobs, in the 21st century and beyond. By exploring a range of innovative, future-oriented ocean solutions, Capitol Hill Ocean Week’s closing panel session will challenge conventional thinking and inspire attendees to think creatively about how the ocean can contribute to a thriving future for our nation and all of its citizens.

Monica Medina
| Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, NOAA (moderator) 

Rob Balloch | Strategic Development Director, Sonardyne International, LTD

Margaret R. Caldwell | Executive Director, The Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University

Michael Cohen | Government Affairs, Renaissance Reinsurance

Craig N. McLean | Acting Assistant Administrator, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

Amy Rosenthal | Science-Policy Interface Specialist, The Natural Capital Project

4:30pm - 4:35pm

Closing Remarks

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