Capitol Hill Ocean Week

What started as a small, daylong gathering in 2001 is now Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), the nation’s premier annual conference examining current marine, coastal and Great Lakes policy issues.

Convened by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation every June, CHOW brings together scientists, policymakers, scholars, businesses and conservation leaders to address pressing conservation, science, and management issues facing our oceans and Great Lakes.

The conference is held in conjunction with the Foundation’s Ocean Awards Gala, which recognizes champions of marine and Great Lakes stewardship with Leadership, Lifetime Achievement, Conservation Innovation, and Sanctuary Wavemaker Awards.

The next Capitol Hill Ocean Week will be June 7-9, 2022, themed “Sea: The Future,” to celebrate 50 years of ocean and coastal protection and to set a course for the new policies and actions necessary to sustain our ocean, coasts and Great Lakes and transform our future.

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