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Capitol Hill Oceans Week 2005 Summary Report

When: June 7 - 9
Where: Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
What: A substantive focus on key ocean issues including:
- Predicting and Preparing for Natural Disasters

- Restoring Our Nations Wetlands
- Feeding the Nation: The Aquaculture Alternative
- Oceans and Human Health: A Prescription for the Future
- Moving America: Ensuring Safe Marine Transportation
Who: Members of Congress and their staff, committee staff, leaders from Industry and Academia, experts from non-profit organizations and other key ocean conservation individuals concerned with oceans issues.

 Tuesday, June 7
 Reserve Officers Association Building
 One Constitution Ave, N.E.

 Congressional Hall of Honor
 5th Floor
2:00pm – 2:45pm
Opening Plenary

Introductory Remarks
The Honorable Jim Saxton
, Co-Chair, House Oceans Caucus
( Remarks)

Keynote Speaker
Jim Connaughton, Chair, Council on Environmental Quality
( Remarks)

3:00pm – 5:00pm
Predicting and Preparing for Natural Disasters
Panelists discussed technological investments and other tools necessary to help communities predict and prepare for natural disasters such as tsunamis.
Panelist Information and Presentations
This session was sponsored by HARRIS Corporation Maritime Communication Services.


 Wednesday, June 8
 Reserve Officers Association Building
 One Constitution Ave, N.E.

 Congressional Hall of Honor
 5th Floor
9:30am – 11:30am
Restoring Our Nation’s Wetlands
Panelists discussed a variety of innovative ongoing efforts to restore critical wetlands habitat, a vital link to ocean health.
Panelist Information and Presentations
This session was sponsored by Shell.

12:00pm – 1:30pm
Keynote Luncheon
Census of Marine Life Luncheon Plenary
Panelists provided an update on the Census of Marine Life, a multi-national effort to provide an assessment of all marine creatures.
Panelist Information
This Luncheon was co-hosted by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE).
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SD-106

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Feeding the Nation: The Aquaculture Alternative
Panelists discussed various aspects of the aquaculture movement, from open cage farming to re-circulating technologies for both fish and corals.
Panelist Information and Presentations

10:00am – 3:00pm
Ocean Fair
This forum featured exhibits focused on ocean and coastal resources from a wide range of participants including, government agencies, non-profits, industry and academia.
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SD-106

 Thursday, June 9
 Reserve Officers Association Building
 One Constitution Ave, N.E.
 Congressional Hall of Honor
 5th Floor
8:15am – 9:15am OAR Roundtable Breakfast
The Future of Research in NOAA
This forum focused on NOAA’s five-year research plan and give insights into exciting scientific research now and for the future, including a look into the 20-year research vision for NOAA.
Panelist Information
9:30am – 11:30am

Oceans and Human Health: A Prescription for the Future
Panelists discussed the many connections between human health and healthy oceans, from seafood safety to marine microbes.
Panelist Information and Presentations

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Luncheon: Filmmakers Forum
Panelists discussed how films and other forms of mass media can influence the public’s awareness of ocean and marine issues.
Panelist Information
This Luncheon was sponsored by the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board.
Cannon House Office Building, Cannon Caucus Room  

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Moving America: Ensuring Safe Marine Transportation
Panelists discussed measures to increase safe maritime transportation from mapping, to navigation, to increasing security in ports and harbors.
Panelist Information and Presentations

 Additional Events
 Monday, June 6
Celebration of Our Coasts and Oceans
The Coastal America Federal Partnership hosted a special “Celebration of Our Coasts and Oceans” event during Oceans Week 2005.
2:00pm - 6:00pm Panelists discussed the President’s Ocean Action Plan and progress in implementing this blueprint for action.
Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 106
Panelist Information

6:00pm - 8:00pm Following the afternoon discussion, the Senator John H. Chafee Coastal Stewardship Award was presented to Admiral James D. Watkins for outstanding leadership in addressing the issues facing our Nation’s Oceans, Coasts and Great Lakes during a special evening reception. For more information about the events, contact Coastal America (202) 401-9928.
Russell Senate Office Building Room 325
Reception Speakers

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The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s Leadership Awards Dinner

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s third annual Leadership Awards Dinner was Tuesday, June 7th, at the Ronald Reagan Building. During this year’s tribute dinner, NMSF honored Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, Congressman Vernon Ehlers of Michigan, Congressman Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland who received the NMSF Leadership Award. Former U.S. Senator and Governor of Connecticut Lowell Weicker received the first ever NMSF Lifetime Achievement Award. Each received awards for recognition of their leadership and longstanding commitment to protecting our ocean and coastal resources. In addition, Mr. Kimokeo Kapahulehua of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was presented the 2005 Volunteer of the Year Award at the dinner.

Special Thanks to

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Trust for America’s Health

| Capitol Hill Oceans Week 2005 Photo Gallery |

| 2005 Leadership Awards Dinner Photo Gallery |

| 2004 CHOW Summary (pdf) |