National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Announces Open Registration for Capitol Hill Ocean Week

Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2018 Offers Expanded Opportunities to Engage in Ocean and Great Lakes Policy


Washington, DC — The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (the Foundation) announced the opening of registration for Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) 2018, the nation’s premier ocean policy conference, bringing together global stakeholders to discuss ocean and Great Lakes science, conservation and management issues. Official CHOW 2018 events will take place from June 5 through June 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C.


The conference component of CHOW, taking place on June 5 and 6 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, will host over 50 distinguished panelists and speakers from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who will present keynote addresses and participate in more intimate panels for deeper discussion. Themes for this year’s conference include:


  • Vision for our Ocean and Great Lakes

  • Restoration of Marine & Great Lakes Ecosystems

  • Our Changing Ocean

  • Working Together for Sustainable Waters


The Ocean Awards Gala, recognizing champions of marine and Great Lakes stewardship, will take place on the evening of June 5 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Past honorees include President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, Members of Congress, leading scientists, philanthropists, explorers, and dedicated community volunteers. Gala guests enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail reception, post-program dessert reception, and a menu featuring sustainable seafood.


On June 7, 2018, Capitol Hill Ocean Week provides the opportunity to elevate ocean and Great Lakes policy issues with Members of Congress and their staff during the first ever CHOW Capitol Hill Day. Capitol Hill Day will take place at the Capitol Visitor Center and give attendees the opportunity to engage with their elected officials and increase ocean policy outcomes. The event includes pre-event training webinars, a breakfast panel, lunch briefing, and an evening reception.


“We are proud to offer the biggest and best Capitol Hill Ocean Week yet, with new opportunities for attendees to engage in ocean and Great Lakes policy,” said Kris Sarri, President and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. “We look forward to bringing together thought leaders in ocean and Great Lakes conservation and policy for substantive discussions of real-world solutions to key issues facing our aquatic environments today.”


Participation in the conference and Capitol Hill Day are offered at no cost, with registration required; tickets for the Ocean Awards Gala are $350 per person, and corporate sponsorships are available. For more information or to register, visit


Marcus Reamer
Strategic Communications Director
301.608.3040 x 311