12:15 – 1:00
Building Resilience with Community-Led Ocean Science and Conservation
Hosted by Schmidt Ocean Institute, 11th Hour Racing, and Schmidt Marine Technology Partners
Ocean science, technology, and conservation are coming together to be practiced at a community level that broadens inclusion and participation. Highlighting recipients of Schmidt philanthropy, this panel will share three U.S. based examples of science, business, and technology practitioners conducting Ocean work that incorporates local knowledge and community advocacy. Discussion around deep-sea research and protection in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (Kiribati/Boston); the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust (Puerto Rico); and Marauder Robotics (Atlanta/California) will provide examples of how ocean conservation can be strengthened by local partnerships, particularly in regions that have traditionally held a smaller platform to share valuable knowledge and expertise.
- Melvin Alvarez, Grant Program Associate, 11th Hour Racing (moderator)
- Dr. Randi Rotjan, Research Assistant Professor of Biology, Boston University and Co-Chief Scientist, Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) Conservation Trust
- Dr. Dennis Yancy, Co-Founder and CEO, Marauder Robotics
- Mark Martin, Director of Community Affairs and Field Research, The Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust
12:15 – 1:00
Leveraging Innovative Technologies to Combat IUU Fishing and Human Trafficking
Hosted by Hawkeye 360
Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is a global threat eroding sustainable fisheries and healthy ocean ecosystems. It also perpetuates egregious human rights abuses through human trafficking, forced labor, and hazardous work conditions. Combatting IUU fishing is a difficult task due to the remote maritime regions where it occurs. Difficulty in identifying and tracking vessels engaged in illicit fishing activities further complicates direct enforcement actions and effective policies to prevent and deter these activities from continuing. Innovative commercial technologies may offer potent tools to government agencies such as NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard to overcome these barriers to effective enforcement and deterrence. This panel will discuss some of the commercial technologies currently being evaluated and used by federal agencies to crack down on IUU fishing and its associated human rights abuses. Panel members will also discuss the potential for expanded public-private partnerships to leverage commercial capabilities in the fight against forced labor and human trafficking on IUU vessels.
- Sally Yozell, Senior Fellow and Director, Environmental Security program, Stimson Center (moderator)
- John Serafini, CEO, HawkEye 360
- Erik Friesen, Solutions Engineer, Planet
- Johan Bergenas, Senior Vice President for Oceans, World Wildlife Fund-US (WWF-US)
- James Chang, Senior Oceans and Environment Policy Adviser, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)
12:15 – 1:00
Engaging All Audiences and Communities for Ocean Conservation
Hosted by NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) works to engage, inspire, and connect people with national marine sanctuaries and spark wonder in visitors young and old. In 2019, ONMS worked with more than 68,895 students and 6,141 educators. But who are we reaching and who are we missing? In this panel, we will consider some recent efforts to increase visitation and access for underrepresented peoples at the most recently designated sanctuary, Mallows-Bay Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary. In addition, we will consider how to expand access across the system, what barriers lie in the way, and specific ideas for ensuring more inclusive access for underrepresented communities.
- Chris Mobley, Superintendent, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (moderator)
- Rocio Lozano-Knowlton, Executive Director and Founder, MERITO Foundation Inc.
- Betsy López-Wagner, Principal, Chief Strategist, López-Wagner Strategies
- ‘Olu Campbell, Community and Government Relations Manager, Kamehameha Schools
- Paul Orlando, Superintendent, Mallows Bay/Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary
12:15 – 1:00
De Wata da We: Sacredness and Accessibility of the Ocean to the Gullah/Geechee
Hosted by the Gullah/Geechee Nation
“De Wata da We” will be an interactive cultural circle of connection led by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation as she engages with leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and members of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition to discuss how the ocean is a sacred element to native Gullah/Geechees. Ocean access is critical to the sustainability of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Yeddi how we da hol pun disya and pun who webe.
- Queen Quet, Chieftess and Head-of-State, Gullah/Geechee Nation
- Elder Carlie Towne, Minister of Information, Gullah/Geechee Nation
- Representative Glenda Simmons-Jenkins, Gullah/Geechee Nation
5:15 – 6:00
Community Discussion on Building Diversity in the UN Decade of Ocean Science
Hosted by NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine
This breakout session will focus on diversity and inclusion in the context of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 (Decade), a unique, 10 year opportunity for nations to work together to generate the global ocean science needed to support the sustainable development of our shared ocean. During the first half of the session, three panelists will speak on topics such as intergenerational diversity, traditional ecological knowledge, the intersection of environmental and social justice, and gender inclusivity and the importance of these initiatives in the Decade. The second half of the session will foster discussion among the panelists and audience about what a diverse and equitable Decade looks like as we move forward with the implementation of the Decade through 2030 and beyond.
- Taylor Goelz, Program Manager, Aspen Institute and Host, Ocean Decade Show on American Shoreline Podcast Network (moderator)
- Anjali Boyd, Early Career member of the US Decade National Committee, Member of Black Women in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Science (BWEEMS), Director of iNviTECH
- Austin Shelton, Director of the Center for Island Sustainability and Guam Sea Grant
- Catalina Martinez, Regional Program Manager, NOAA Ocean Exploration
- Dr. Wendy Smythe, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Duluth
5:15 – 6:00
DEIJ Reflections and Resolutions
Hosted by Women’s Aquatic Network and Sea Grant
The culmination of 2021 CHOW presents us with a great opportunity to reflect on its theme, what we learned from it, and how we build a more racially equitable and just movement for ocean and Great Lakes conservation. Sea Grant and the Women’s Aquatic Network invite you to a moderated session highlighting key takeaways and actions for advancing JEDI in coastal, ocean, and marine science fields.
- Mona Behl, Associate Director, Georgia Sea Grant
- Jane Harrison, Coastal Economics Specialist, North Carolina Sea Grant
- Abigail Hils, Executive Board Member, Women’s Aquatic Network and Inclusive STEM Ecosystems for Equity and Diversity Program Associate, American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Susan White, President, Sea Grant Association and Director, North Carolina Sea Grant
- Lisa Wu, Executive Board Member, Women’s Aquatic Network
5:15 – 6:00
Heartwired to Love the Ocean: Heartwired in Practice Stories
Hosted by Wonder: Strategies for Good and Goodwin Simon Strategic Research
Extensive research has shown that people from diverse racial, ethnic, socio- economic, political, and faith backgrounds don’t simply care for the ocean — they are Heartwired to Love the Ocean. In this session, we share two Heartwired in Practice stories from non-profit organizations who successfully implemented and tested Heartwired messaging strategies in their own work — allowing them to create more compelling, relatable messages and to reach target audiences in new ways.
- Robert Pérez, Chief Exploration Officer, Wonder: Strategies for Good
- John Whaley, Partner, Goodwin Simon Strategic Research
5:15 – 6:00
Developing a Set of Shared Principles and Practices for Ocean Justice
Hosted by Ocean Conservancy
A roundtable discussion aimed at drafting a discipline-wide set of principles to help guide the integration of justice and equity into national ocean conservation activities.
- Alexandra Sutton Lawrence, Vice President of Conservation, Justice and Equity,Ocean Conservancy (moderator)
5:15 – 6:00
Utilizing Hawaiian Cultural Traditions as a Foundation for the Management of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Hosted by Office of Hawaiian Affairs and National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument protects a natural and cultural landscape unlike anywhere else on earth. Join us to learn about upcoming activities and research that cultivate Native Hawaiian perspectives and utilize cultural traditions as a foundation to our everyday management work. The projects include: engaging youth in marine vocational training while grounding them in Native Hawaiian canoe culture and non-instrument navigation; conducting intertidal surveys and monitoring across the Hawaiian archipelago to advise and direct management strategies that support sustainable fisheries and the Hawaiian concept of ʻāina momona (the fertility of our resources and land); and, examining the impacts of Hurricane Walaka on the sand movements and shallow environment at Lalo (French Frigate Shoals), the nesting site for over 90% of the Threatened Hawaiian green sea turtles as well as 18 different seabird species and an important pupping site for Hawaiian monk seals.
- Brad Kaʻaleleo Wong, Kūkulu Papahānaumokuākea, Papahānaumokuākea Program Specialist, Office of Hawaiian Affairs (Moderator)
- Bonnie Kahape’a-Tanner, Executive Director and Captain, Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy
- Haunani Kane, NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology, University of Hawaiʻi
- Kim Kanoe’ulalani Morishige, Ph.D. Candidate, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Marine Biology Graduate Program, University of Hawaii