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. 

If you have questions please contact us at conference@marinesanctuary.org.

Sponsorship information is available for the Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2020. For more information, contact carol@marinesanctuary.org.

A note on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19):

The continued spread of the coronavirus, and the Foundation’s commitment to do our part to stop its spread, challenges us to find an innovative way to continue the great programming that you expect from us. For this reason, the CHOW conference will be virtual in 2020. The health and safety of CHOW participants, attendees and staff is our main concern.

As part of this year’s changes, we are not holding the Ocean Awards Gala in June as planned. The gala, held in conjunction with Capitol Hill Ocean Week, recognizes champions whose commitment to ocean and Great Lakes stewardship instills optimism in all of us working to protect our blue planet. We will create new ways to engage and celebrate ocean and Great Lakes champions this year with more details to come in the near future.

Please make sure you check the CHOW website at capitolhilloceanweek.org for updates.

Capitol Hill Ocean Week Conference
June 9

Join the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and visionaries in ocean and Great Lakes policy and conservation for a day of plenaries, panels, and networking. 

CHOW 2020 will focus on the global issue of protecting biodiversity. The breadth of life in our ocean and Great Lakes is astounding. Building a sustainable global economy that protects nature is critical to people’s health and well-being.

CapitolHillOceanWeek.org will be your hub for stimulating discussions. We are planning a full day of activities, including plenaries and concurrent breakout sessions on how science and technology are advancing our understanding of the marine environment, the role of protected areas in conserving biodiversity, and how to engage people as stewards. We value the networking that occurs at CHOW, and we intend to create virtual spaces for those essential connections to continue. We will showcase the amazing work of our partners through a virtual exhibit hall and facilitate social gathering through a virtual closing happy hour.

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Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2020 Sponsors

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

  • The Lucille and David Packard Foundation

  • The Philip Stephenson Foundation

  • Yamaha

  • SeaWorld

  • Xprize

  • The Nature Conservancy

  • Hawaiian Airlines

  • Pegasus Foundation

  • Marine Mammal Commission

  • Cordia Partners

  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

Tickets and sponsorships are non-refundable. In the event of cancellation your purchase becomes a tax deductible gift. 

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