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Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2015

With the start of the 114th Congress, this year’s Capitol Hill Ocean Week marks a unique opportunity to shape the U.S. marine policy agenda, engage leadership, cultivate new ocean champions, and drive lively conversation about America's most critical ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes issues.

For more than a decade, CHOW has convened Congressional Members and staff, Administration officials, state and local government representatives, business executives, military officials, academic experts, and conservation leaders to explore a wide range of cutting-edge and challenging policy issues relating to our ocean.

Hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2015 is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:00

Day 3 Keynote

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Brian Deese
Senior Advisor to the President 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Decisions today will affect society, the ocean, and the planet for years to come. The youth of America are motivated and educated, and they are fervently engaging in activism to shape the world they want to inherit. Social media and new technology have amplified the voices of the next generation and have empowered them to take on challenges and inspire social movements for the ocean. CHOW 2015 will invite several of these youth leaders to take the national stage and discuss current marine conservation issues, the importance of science and environmental education, and influencing ocean governance.

Friday, 12 June 2015 00:00

Leadership Roundtable

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

CHOW culminates with its signature Leadership Roundtable to focus on the nexus of ocean science, policy, management, and security. Science shows significant impacts on the marine environment from overfishing, marine pollution, and climate change. These impacts can affect and jeopardize the prosperity and security of our coastal communities, infrastructure, and economies. CHOW 2015 brings together world renowned marine scientists, Administration leadership, and military officials to discuss challenges and solutions as our nation’s leaders look to support science-based policies and decisions; empower communities; address national security threats; and strengthen the nation’s economy.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Since last summer, the price of oil has fallen dramatically, resulting in short- and long-term impacts and changes across the energy sector. Businesses all along the energy supply chain are adjusting their operations and investments for the immediate horizon and, simultaneously, planning for the future. The development of the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Plan could open tracts of the Atlantic, Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic for exploration and leasing. And, despite starts and stops in offshore wind energy, a handful of areas are being leased out with projects progressing along the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. With the prospect of these new areas for U.S. offshore energy production, CHOW will bring developers, financiers, concerned citizens, and federal and state governments to the table to discuss decisions today that are shaping the nation’s energy outlook.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that by 2030 an additional 27 million tons of seafood will be needed to meet global demand at the current level of per capita consumption. This forecast presents a daunting calculation and encouraging opportunity for the American seafood industry. With over half of the seafood consumed being imported from producers abroad, the prosperity and sustainability of American fisheries—wild-caught and aquaculture—is critical to the nation’s economic growth, food security and independence, and a healthy ocean. The U.S. continues to be a global leader in responsible fisheries management, including efforts to improve fisheries science, monitoring, and traceability; combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud; and investing in the growth potential of aquaculture to foster a reliable homegrown seafood supply and diversify the seafood portfolio. CHOW 2015 will discuss actions to ensure a sustainable U.S. seafood supply while making the nation’s fisheries more productive, resilient, and profitable along every link in the supply chain from fishermen and aquaculture businesses to processors and retail markets.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ocean technology, science, and research are revolutionizing society’s understanding of the ocean with new discoveries and challenges alike. Purpose-driven businesses and entrepreneurs are changing the world by seeking solutions to tackle the unfathomable. These industry visionaries are leading a new charge to open eyes, provide data and intelligence, develop tools, and advance actions that are transforming how society experiences and manages the ocean environment. CHOW examines why and how progressive businesses are harnessing innovation, breaking boundaries, employing cutting edge technologies, and investing millions in American ingenuity to address some of the greatest challenges facing the ocean.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

The U.S. must level the playing field for legitimate seafood harvesters, processors, and consumers whose products, jobs, businesses, best practices, and trust are undermined by entities that circumvent conservation and management measures and engage in fraudulent activities. Last year at CHOW, Counselor to the President, John Podesta, announced the White House’s initiative to curb black market fishing. Since then, the Presidential Taskforce on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud, comprised of 14 federal agencies, was formed and in March released its Action Plan. At CHOW 2015, Taskforce members return to discuss the Action Plan, how the Administration is moving forward to implement the Task Force recommendations, and the importance for Congressional leadership to introduce and pass the Port State Measures Agreement.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard serve to safeguard the nation's security, citizens, and interests in an increasingly complex maritime domain. The coastlines are home to over half the nation’s population, hubs of American culture and history, and centers for economic activity in a global economy. And the nation’s top sea service leaders are facing emerging threats and challenges in dealing with balancing activities on the water, increasing storms and extreme events, and changing ocean environments from the Atlantic to the Arctic. Despite mounting uncertainties and a tough fiscal climate, military leadership must always be ready to prevent, protect, and participate in dealing with the mounting issues on the coast.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Following the dramatic December 2014 announcement by President Obama, the U.S. and Cuba are working toward normalized diplomatic relations for the first time in a half century. Prior to the announcement, among the few points of U.S. engagement with Cuba had been in marine research and conservation. With the announcement, the opportunities to expand collaborative marine research, conservation and education are profound and immediate. And the imperative could not be greater. While significant marine resource degradation has been documented throughout the wider Caribbean region, in contrast, Cuba offers an underwater oasis of healthy coral reef ecosystems. Collaborative U.S.-Cuban efforts can ensure protection of healthy reefs, and further may provide important insight on protecting and restoring coral reefs throughout the Caribbean. At the same time, normalized relations will open new channels of commerce and tourism and put new pressures on marine resources. This panel will explore the prospect of normalized diplomatic relations for continued and expanded collaboration and examine new opportunities and threats as we approach a post-embargo world.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

As the world of global commerce changes, shipping companies, ports, and cities adjust and adapt to meet demands to get products to their final destination in the most efficient and cost effective manner. Significantly larger container ships are being built. The expansion of the Panama Canal by early 2016 is expected to have a ripple effect shifting commerce and traffic throughout the West Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and beyond. China is committed to financing a new canal through Nicaragua. With these large projects come jobs, business, investment, and community development opportunities as well as environmental consequences. Communities have been planning, analyzing, incentivizing, and investing for years in anticipation to gain or retain their competitive advantage and partnerships in the changing U.S. shipping trade routes and networks.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

There is a natural attraction where the land meets the sea. Last year, many coastal cities experienced record-breaking years for tourism, with increasing dollars spent visiting beach towns, working waterfronts, historical and cultural landmarks, and increasing activities on the water, such as whale watching and wildlife viewing, recreational fishing, snorkeling and diving, surfing, and boating. While increasing tourism dollars generate revenues for local municipalities and businesses, increasing tourists create pressure on local services and infrastructure. CHOW 2015 will bring together local leaders from some of the nation’s iconic coastal places to examine how they are positioning their communities as world renowned destinations, while at the same time addressing the impacts from increasing visitors.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

As the U.S. takes the helm as Chair of the Arctic Council for the next two years, it is an opportunity for both national and international leadership beyond the EEZ and for local leadership as Arctic policy meets Alaska state policy. The U.S. has laid out an aggressive agenda for the Council, including search and rescue exercises, emergency response preparedness, environmental protection measures, climate risks and adaptation, and a regional seas program in the Arctic Ocean. CHOW will examine how the U.S. leadership and the many stakeholders with interests in the region are preparing for the future in the Arctic.

Tuesday, 09 June 2015 00:00

Opening Keynote

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

H.E. Ms. Ségolène Royal
French Minister for Ecology,
Sustainable Development and Energy

Tuesday, 09 June 2015 00:00

U.S. Ocean Policy Address

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

With the 114th Congress underway and the White House moving forward in its second term, the nation’s ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes must remain a high priority for the nation’s leadership. Ocean policies have long been a source of strong bi-partisan efforts that transcend state and party lines. The new Congress—with only 186 of the current 535 Members of 114th Congress were serving a decade ago when the Pew Ocean Commission and U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy reports were released—and the Administration have ample opportunities to shape the future of ocean governance. CHOW 2015 will shape the U.S. Ocean Policy Agenda by examining the most pressing priorities to advance the nation’s policies on ocean management and conservation, empower coastal communities, and strengthen the national ocean economy.