Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2019 kicks off in June

April 2019

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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, brings together global stakeholders to discuss ocean and Great Lakes science, conservation, and management issues. Be part of the conversation on June 4 through 6 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC!

This year, the Capitol Hill Ocean Week conference will feature engaging conversations with opinion leaders from across the country, and around the world, to examine pressing ocean issues. The conference’s themes this year are: (1) Grand challenges in the ocean and Great Lakes, (2) the ocean and human health, (3) sustainable fisheries, and (4) conserving wildlife.

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Topics for this year’s Capitol Hill Ocean Week will include challenges facing the ocean and Great Lakes, health, sustainable fisheries, and wildlife conservation. Photo: J. Moore/NOAA, under MMHSRP permit #18786-02

What started as a small, daylong gathering in 2001 has grown to become the nation's leading annual conference highlighting current marine, coastal, and Great Lakes policy and programs. 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 900 attendees, 150 members of Congress, and 70 speakers participated in 2018, discussing marine restoration, collaborative conservation, the value of marine protected areas, marine debris, and more.

Can’t make it in person? Main-stage plenaries will be streamed live on

Standard registration is free of charge. Register now to CHOW down on Capitol Hill with us this summer.