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For more than a decade, CHOW has provided marine professionals, government officials, and ocean enthusiasts with unique venues to network with colleagues, advance policy goals, and mingle with ocean champions – all in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2014 was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors.


Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

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Tuesday, June 10

9:00 a.m. -
10:00 a.m.

CHOW Symposium Registration

10:00 a.m. -
10:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Keynote VIDEO

John Podesta | Counselor to the President | Bio

 

10:45 a.m. -
11:00 a.m.

Break

11:00 a.m. -
12:00 p.m.

State of the Ocean (#SOTO) VIDEO

The ocean plays an integral role in sustaining life on Earth. Scientific exploration, research, and monitoring are revealing more of the ocean’s complexities and providing a better understanding of an intricate and interconnected system. Across the country and around the world, we are already observing profound changes in our ocean, which in turn will have profound impacts on the planet and consequences for communities. Recent reports, including the National Climate Assessment, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and International Programme on the State of the Ocean, have documented these changes and underscore the need and urgency to address our changing ocean. This session examined and discussed our scientific understanding of the current State of the Ocean (#SOTO).

Full-panel Presentation

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

Moderator
Jerry R. Schubel, Ph.D. | President and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific

Discussants
David O. Conover | Interim Vice President for Research, Stony Brook University

Margaret Davidson | Senior Leader for Coastal Inundation and Resilience, NOAA National Ocean Service

Scott C. Doney | Director, Ocean and Climate Change Institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Tony MacDonald | Director, Urban Coast Institute, Monmouth University

 

12:00 p.m. -
1:15 p.m.

Lunch Break

Lunch provided for all premier registrants, and limited quantities available for purchase on-site.

 

1:15 p.m. -
2:30 p.m.

Climate Realities:
Preparing for the Worst? VIDEO

Our society is already experiencing the effects of a changing climate from extreme storm events, changing ocean chemistry, and shifts in biologically complex marine environments. The latest International Panel on Climate Change report states that we are not prepared for the climate-related risks already facing society. Are the hard decisions being made in time to ensure that the U.S. is prepared for the worst of these climate realities? Our military, emergency response planners, businesses, and communities are assessing risks and vulnerabilities and mobilizing to adapt to and prepare for the impacts. Will current measures be enough to guarantee our national security, protect and sustain our economy? And if not, what else must be done to build a society with stronger and more resilient communities for the future?

Introduction
The Honorable Jared Huffman | U.S. House of Representatives, CA-02

Moderator
Holly Bamford, Ph.D. | Assistant Administrator, NOAA National Ocean Service

Discussants
The Honorable Kevin Ranker | Washington State Senate, LD-40

Michael Castellini | Dean for the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Frank Nutter | President, Reinsurance Association of America

Rear Admiral Jonathan W. White | Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, U.S. Navy

Roy E. Wright | Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation, Federal Emergency Management Agency

2:30 p.m. -
3:00 p.m.

Break

3:00 p.m. -
4:00 p.m.

U.S. Action on the Global Stage VIDEO

Our world is increasingly connected — global communications, a global economy, a global ocean. International shipping transports goods halfway around the world through our ports, up to the minute wave heights are available on your mobile phone, projections and observations show diminishing sea ice in the Arctic, and fisheries fleets span the high seas and beyond. The connections among the ocean, people, and nations are constantly evolving. Understanding how the U.S. is affected by different global drivers, how it is navigating changing international relationships, and how it is harnessing the power of these connections can better position the U.S. for success and prosperity.

Introduction
The Honorable Rob Wittman | U.S. House of Representatives, VA-01

Moderator
Monica Medina | Senior Director for Ocean Policy, The National Geographic Society

Discussants
Catherine Novelli | Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Department of State

J. Charles Fox | Program Director, Oceans Five

Chris Lischewski | President and CEO, Bumble Bee Seafoods

Clay Maitland | Founding Chairman, North American Marine Environment Protection Association

 

Wednesday, June 11

9:00 a.m. -
10:30 a.m.

Cultural Reflections on the Water VIDEO

The United States is, at its core, a maritime nation. Throughout our history, our nation has relied on the ocean and its coasts for commerce, for food, for power, and for recreation. The shippers and port authorities, the whalers and fisherman, the rig workers, and the hospitality industry and recreational charters embody the self-reliant, determined character associated with the American spirit. From our founding to today, our shores have been a source of opportunity and prosperity. And as we shape our future, we must recognize how our culture and character are influenced by this connection to the ocean and how understanding that maritime heritage will help us chart a more effective way forward for managing our oceans and coasts.

Introduction
The Honorable Carl Levin | U.S. Senate, Michigan; 2014 NMSF Leadership Award Honoree

Moderator
Paula J. Johnson | Curator, Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Discussants
Timothy Bailey | Manager, Mt. Haleakala National Park
Presentation video
Presentation

Merry Camhi | Director, New York Seascape, The Wildlife Conservation Society
Presentation

Steve Mathies, Ph.D. | Vice President for Coastal Protection and Restoration, AECOM
Presentation

Christopher Merculief | President, Saint George Traditional Council
Presentation

 

10:30 a.m. -
11:00 a.m.

Break

11:00 a.m. -
12:00 p.m.

Communities Shaping Special Places VIDEO

America is filled with iconic locations deeply rooted in the culture and history of our nation and with the natural resources that are the foundation of our past, present, future prosperity. Through the power of place, we’re connected to not only the physical location but also to the heritage and the community surrounding it. We’re reminded that they are irreplaceable. We’re inspired to share and protect these special places in our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes for our children and grandchildren. Special places are inherently grounded in and shaped by communities; and, in turn, our relationship to these places shapes who we are, our values, and our decisions. In these times of change, these special places give context, realism, and a window through which messages and solutions become understandable and empowering for citizens that feel directly connected to their environment and their future.

Introduction
The Honorable Dan Benishek, M.D. | U.S. House of Representatives, MI-1; NMS Caucus Co-Chair

The Honorable Lois Capps | U.S. House of Representatives, CA-24; NMS Caucus Co-Chair

Moderator
Mark Schaefer | Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Conservation and Management, NOAA

Discussants
William J. Douros | West Coast Regional Director, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Lynne Zeitlin Hale | Managing Director for Oceans, The Nature Conservancy

Dan Laffoley | Marine Vice Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas

12:00 p.m. -
1:15 p.m.

Lunch Break

Lunch provided for all premier registrants, and limited quantities available for purchase on-site.

 

1:15 p.m. -
1:40 p.m.

Keynote VIDEO

The Honorable Sally Jewell | Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior

 

1:40 p.m. -
2:30 p.m.

Rethinking Business as Usual for our Ocean VIDEO

As summer kicks into high gear, millions will flock to our coastlines to enjoy clean beaches, watch wildlife, and dive into the clear blue. This natural capital is the backbone of America’s ocean and coastal economies from the thriving coastal tourism and recreation industry to the growing ocean energy sector. Increasingly, progressive-thinking companies are seeing the value of sustainably managing our ocean, asking how they can make a difference, and fostering innovative private-public partnerships and initiatives for investing in our marine and coastal resources. Is there a leading role that the private sector can play in creating a new paradigm for “business as usual” for our ocean?

Moderator
Keith Lawrence | Senior Director, Seascapes Program, Conservation International

Discussants
Adam Davis | Partner and Director of Research, Policy & New Markets, Ecosystem Investment Partners
Presentation

Sophia Mendelsohn | Head of Sustainability, JetBlue Airways

 

2:30 p.m. -
3:00 p.m.

Break

3:00 p.m. -
4:30 p.m.

Energy Evolution: Seeking the Next Boom VIDEO

America is in an age of energy transition. Ranging from the boom of offshore oil and gas exploration to the promise of renewable ocean energies along our shores, the evolution of the energy industry can drive our economy into a new age of growth and prosperity. Developing innovative technologies, increasing private sector investments, reducing and preparing for potential risks, and promoting a culture of safety across the industry can open the doors in the search for the next boom of American energy. As our society seeks new opportunities, there is the need for forward thinking planning for responsible, sustainable ocean energy and safeguards to ensure that impacts are addressed proactively.

Moderator
Monica Trauzzi | Managing Editor and Host, E&E TV

Discussants
Walter Cruickshank | Acting Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Aileen Kenney | Vice President of Permitting and Environmental Affairs, Deepwater Wind

Brian M. Salerno | Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Charlie Williams | Executive Director, Center for Offshore Safety

Thursday, June 12

9:00 a.m. -
10:30 a.m.

The Future of American Fisheries VIDEO

As policymakers continue to discuss the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Management and Conservation Act reauthorization and the future of American fisheries, coastal communities are calling for action to meet the needs of an evolving industry. While we are seeing a growing demand for seafood, the U.S. imports 85% of our seafood while exporting a vast majority of our “American catch,” resulting in a $10.4 billion seafood trade deficit. With the demand at home, how are we sending our American catch abroad while importing from around the world? By fostering community-supported fisheries and developing aquaculture alternatives and underutilized fisheries, entrepreneurs are creating businesses, using innovative strategies, and forming new partnerships that connect communities to their local fisheries while providing high quality and high value sustainable seafood. From sea to supper, fishermen, processors, grocers, restaurateurs and top chefs ensure fresh fish from sound sources reach our plates. The recreational fishing community has grown to encompass millions of anglers contributing to a multi-billion dollar industry. And while many anglers contribute as on-the-water stewards individually, there is the aggregate impact of this sector’s collective actions to consider. As we look to the future of our American fisheries, management will need to adapt to meet the needs of a growing and changing marine fishing community.

Introduction
The Honorable Maria E. Cantwell | U.S. Senate, Washington State

The Honorable Jaime Herrera Beutler | U.S. House of Representatives, WA-3

Moderator
Michael Conathan | Director, Ocean Policy, Center for American Progress

Discussants
Chris Brown | President, Seafood Harvesters of America

John Connelly | President, National Fisheries Institute

George Cooper | Senior Vice President, Forbes-Tate

Barton Seaver | Chef and Program Director, Healthy and Sustainable Food Program at Harvard School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment

Eileen Sobeck | Assistant Administrator, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

10:30 a.m. -
11:00 a.m.

Break

11:00 a.m. -
12:00 p.m.

The Ocean and Human Health VIDEO

The ocean provides us with the air we breathe, the food we eat, and even some of the life-saving medicines we use to cure disease. Our health depends on the health of our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes environments. But imbalance in these environments can have deleterious effects on human health through harmful algal blooms and pathogenic microbes while wreaking economic havoc through beach and fisheries closures. Do we know the extent and cost of these impacts to our health? As we look to reduce the risks to human health and avoid costly consequences of these threats, we will compare research on ocean pollution with other pollution studies, explore the role of public-private partnerships, and discuss cutting edge early detection technologies and sea-derived pharmaceutical products to prevent human illness and enhance human well-being.

Moderator
D. Jay Grimes | Professor, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, University of Southern Mississippi

Discussants
Frank Fang | Vice President, Process Research and Development, Eisai, Inc.

Donald Rice | Director, Chemical Oceanography Program , National Science Foundation

Samantha Simmons | Assistant Scientific Program Director, Marine Mammal Commission

 

12:00 p.m. -
1:15 p.m.

Lunch Break

Lunch provided for all premier registrants, and limited quantities available for purchase on-site.

 

1:15 p.m. -
2:30 p.m.

Blue News:
Casting a Wider Net VIDEO

The American public has access to information from more sources and more means than ever before. News, media, entertainment, marketing, and social media are constantly looking for the hot stories and issues, trying to grab national attention, and influence audiences. In an age where information is a click away, you must be able to get stories out in a timely fashion and capture your readers while maintaining your reputation and integrity. There is an intricate balance to engaging a wider audience while ensuring the information and sources remain reputable and objective. What are the latest tools and tactics we can utilize to cast a wider net and target new audiences on “blue issues”? And as we look to engage a wider audience, how can we ensure the information and sources are reputable and representative?

Moderator
Barbara Cochran | President, National Press Club Journalism Institute

Discussants
Anne Thompson | Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent, NBC News

Maura Welch | Director of Brand Marketing, Trip Advisor

 

2:30 p.m. -
3:00 p.m.

Break

3:00 p.m. -
4:30 p.m.

Leadership Roundtable:
Charting the Course VIDEO

As CHOW 2014 draws to a close, our Leadership Roundtable features a focused discussion among visionaries in the policy, business, and media communities designed to challenge our thinking about the future of our ocean nation. CHOW 2014 seeks to explore how we can build on our progress to date and engage in new efforts to create a better future for coastal communities and the nation at large through innovations in policy and industry. This discussion provided policymakers, business leaders, academics, and concerned citizens with valuable insights into the trends, major changes, and recurring themes of U.S. ocean policy.

Moderator
Juliet Eilperin | White House Reporter, The Washington Post

Discussants
The Honorable Sam Farr | U.S. House of Representatives, CA-20

Scott Gudes | Vice President, Space & Missile Defense Programs, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Paul Holthus | Founding President and CEO, World Ocean Council

Nancy Knowlton | Sant Chair for Marine Science, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

Joshua S. Reichert | Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Pew Environment Group, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan | Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, U.S. Department of Commerce

4:30 p.m. -
4:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks


Capitol Hill Ocean Talk

We were thrilled to partner with OceansLIVE for CHOW 2014. In addition to live streaming each session at CHOW, the OceansLIVE team produced Capitol Hill Ocean Talk, a series of panels designed to dive deeper into marine issues and enhance the CHOW experience.

 

Tuesday, June 10

Volunteering in Sanctuaries

Foundations in Conservation

Voyage of the Morgan

Wednesday, June 11

Indigenous Culture and Charge

Places: Our Best Hope for the Ocean

Coastal Resiliency

Thursday, June 12

Youth and Education

Securing the Future of Your Ocean's Health

Communicating Science

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