Presented by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
What started as a small, one-day conference in 2001 is now a weeklong event bringing together more than 600 national and global policymakers, scientists, scholars, business and conservation leaders every June. And while CHOW is held in Washington, DC, it offers a virtual all-access pass to the world with free livestreaming of every session through the NMSF-funded OceansLIVE digital channel, with additional web-only CHOW content.
CHOW drives a national dialogue on ocean science, research, policy and management. By bringing leaders, stakeholders and advocates together, CHOW increases awareness of ocean issues, celebrates achievements and advances meaningful initiatives and policies. It has become a popular platform for significant ocean policy announcements and a setting to mark national milestones for ocean stewardship.
In conjunction with CHOW is the annual Ocean Awards Gala™, also produced by NMSF. The evening event, attended annually by more than 450 people, recognizes individuals dedicated to ensuring a healthy ocean through its Leadership, Lifetime Achievement and national marine sanctuary Volunteer of the Year Awards. These honors have been presented to Presidents, Members of Congress, leading scientists and scholars, philanthropists, explorers and dedicated community citizens.