Join Us and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for CHOW 2017

April 2017

the U.S. Capitol Building
The U.S. Capitol Building. Photo courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol

Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), the premier ocean policy conference in the United States, debuts at its new venue, the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, on June 13-15, 2017. Join us!

This year, CHOW will feature engaging conversations with opinion leaders from across the country, and around the world, to examine pressing ocean issues. CHOW's three themes this year are: (1) Conservation from the Local to the National; (2) Science, Technology, and Exploration; and (3) Health and Social Impacts.

a humpback whale tail
Topics for this year's Capitol Hill Ocean Week will include conservation, science, technology, and health and social impacts. Photo: NOAA

What started as a small, daylong gathering in 2001 has grown to become the nation's leading annual conference examining current marine, coastal, and Great Lakes policy. At CHOW, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation brings together policymakers, scientists, scholars, businesses, and conservation leaders to address science, conservation, and management issues. More than 600 attendees, 150 members of Congress, and 60 speakers participated in 2016, discussing marine parks, IUU fishing, marine debris, offshore energy, coastal resilience, and more.

Can't make it in person? Join thousands of virtual attendees worldwide for OceansLIVE!, a free livestream of the event including exclusive web interviews and commentary from the CHOW team. You can check out last year's panels now at for a taste of the event.

Standard registration is free of charge. Sign up to receive event updates or register now to CHOW down in the capital with us this summer.