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Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2014

Capitol Hill Ocean Week is the premier ocean conference held annually in Washington, D.C. Over three days, more than 550 attendees heard from Members of Congress, researchers, industry, and state and local leaders about the most vital ocean issues that must be addressed by our society.

Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Cultural Reflections on the Water

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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.

Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

U.S. Action on the Global Stage

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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.

Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Special Keynote Capitol Hill Ocean Week

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Special Keynote by the Honorable Sally Jewell, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior

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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.

Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Communities Shaping Special Places

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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.

Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Welcome and Opening Keynote

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John Podesta announces the re-opening of the nominations process for national marine sanctuaries.

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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.

Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

State of the Ocean

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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.

Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

The Future of American Fisheries

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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?

Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

The Ocean and Human Health

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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?

Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Blue News: Casting a Wider Net

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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.

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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.