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For over a decade, CHOW has provided marine professionals, government officials, and ocean enthusiasts with unique venues to network with colleagues, advance policy goals, and mingle with ocean champions – all in the heart of Washington, D.C. This year CHOW moved to a new venue, the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum.

Hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2013 was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors.

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Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

 

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Tuesday, June 4

8:30 a.m. -
10:00 a.m.

CHOW Symposium Registration

10:00 a.m. -
10:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Keynote:
Healthy Oceans and Coasts for a Resilient America Video

As coastal communities become increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather and other disasters, the concept of a healthy ocean and coasts is taking on new meaning as protector of America’s people, communities, businesses, and economies. In CHOW’s opening keynote, Dr. Sullivan examined how we are transforming this concept into action.

Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan | Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, US Department of Commerce

11:00 a.m. -
12:00 p.m.

How Vulnerable Are We?
A Timeline for the Changing Coast Video

In recent years, extreme weather events from Hurricane Katrina to Superstorm Sandy have dramatically exposed the hazards of living in the coastal zone. Coastal communities are seeking immediate action to preserve their way of life – but which actions are appropriate to take today? With over half of Americans living close to the shore, insured coastal property worth some $9 trillion, and the coastal economy accounting for an overwhelming majority of US GDP, accurately forecasting and understanding the vulnerability of our coasts – and how it may change under projected future conditions – is a critical step towards determining which risks may be the most urgent, catastrophic, or slow-building and cumulative. CHOW 2013’s opening seminar session provided a broad overview of the risks faced by coastal communities, economies, and infrastructure, then dug deeper to reveal the most urgent, short-term challenges that require immediate attention.

Moderator
Austin Becker | PhD Candidate, Stanford University, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources
Presentation

Discussants
Kelly A. Burks-Copes | Research Ecologist , U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Presentation
Storm Surge Model

Lindene Patton | Climate Product Officer, Zurich Insurance
Presentation

12:00 p.m. -
1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

Light fare was provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees were encouraged to relax, reconnect with colleagues, and visit exhibition booths.

1:15 p.m. -
2:45 p.m.

The New Normal:
Adapting to Coastal Risks Video

Faced with a shifting coastal environment and rapidly increasing human needs, American communities have seen first-hand how the escalating risk of extreme events and environmental changes is proving harder and more costly to endure. In response to the realities of life on a changing planet, communities like New Orleans and New York have already begun reducing their exposure to coastal hazards – from storms and tsunamis to sea-level rise and flooding – that were until recently approached as infrequent and easily managed. In examining how diverse American communities have experienced and are adapting to coastal risk in the 21st century, this discussion offered insights into what may work and for how long, highlighting near-term strategies that can offer immediate protection for increasingly vulnerable coastal cultures, economies, and communities.

Introduction
The Honorable Joe Garcia | US House of Representatives, FL-26

Moderator
Alessandra Score | Lead Scientist, EcoAdapt
Presentation

Discussants
Michael Cohen | Vice President for Government Affairs, Renaissance Re

Jessica Grannis | Staff Attorney, Georgetown Climate Center

Michael Marrella | Director, Waterfront and Open Space Planning Division, Department of City Planning

John D. Schelling | Earthquake/Tsunami/Volcano Programs Manager, Washington Military Department Emergency Management Division

David Waggonner | President, Waggonner & Ball Architects

 

2:45 p.m. -
3:15 p.m.

Networking Break

 

3:15 p.m. -
4:30 p.m.

A Focus on Coastal Communities:
New Paradigms for Federal Service Video

The federal government plays a critical role in helping states and municipalities prepare for, respond to, and recover from storms, floods, and other hazards. Although traditionally focused on divergent mission directives, dealing with 25 major weather disasters – each of which cost the nation at least $1 billion – over the past two years has prompted federal agencies to rethink their activities and explore new collaborative approaches, including under the National Ocean Policy, which can better serve coastal communities and reduce the American taxpayer’s fiscal exposure to coastal hazards. By reviewing customary actions, contemporary thinking, and potential future roles for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of the Interior, and Army Corps of Engineers, this seminar offered insights into how federal agencies can better assist coastal communities, helping them prepare for and adapt to increasing changes and risks.

Introduction
The Honorable Jared Huffman | US House of Representatives, CA-2

Moderator
Braxton Davis | Director, North Carolina Division of Coastal Management

Discussants
Deerin Babb-Brott | Director, National Ocean Council

Jo-Ellen Darcy | Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)

Sandy Eslinger | Coastal Resiliency Policy Advisor, NOAA Coastal Services Center

Wendi Weber | Regional Director, Northeast Region, US Fish and Wildlife Service

 

Wednesday, June 5

9:00 a.m. -
10:30 a.m.

The Next Generation of Fishing Video

The United States has a storied history as a maritime nation, and fishing has long served as both an economic engine and social and cultural touchstone for American communities from coast to coast. Today, with over 90 percent of our seafood imported from abroad, increasing conflicts between commercial and recreational fisheries, and multiple challenges related to seafood safety and traceability, the next generation of that tradition is at risk. In anticipation of the impending reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, this discussion offered diverse perspectives on the current and potential future state of fisheries, including how food security, seafood health, and commercial and recreational fishing employment in coastal communities may be addressed by the 113th Congress and others.

Moderator
Michael Conathan | Director, Ocean Policy, Center for American Progress

Discussants
Aaron Adams | Director of Operations, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Bubba Cochrane | President, Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders Alliance

Meghan Jeans | Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Programs, The New England Aquarium

Brad Pettinger | Executive Director, Oregon Trawl Commission

Matt Tinning | Executive Director, Marine Fish Conservation Network

10:30 a.m. -
11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

11:00 a.m. -
12:00 p.m.

Reducing Risks to People and Nature:
Updates from the Gulf of Mexico and Arctic Video

While several coastal areas face uncertain threats stemming from the interaction of human activities and natural forces, many of the risks confronting today’s Gulf Coast and Arctic communities are already obvious and widely acknowledged. In 2010, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill devastated the Gulf of Mexico’s economic and environmental health, the impacts of which are still being ascertained. Three years later, Gulf and Arctic communities remain similarly exposed to the twin challenges of rapidly changing shorelines and the potential impacts of offshore industrial activity. This seminar offered updates on recent and anticipated ocean and coastal policy, planning, and investment activities, providing an overview of risk reduction activities along the Gulf and Arctic coasts.

Introduction
The Honorable Mark Begich | US Senator, Alaska

Discussants
Larry McKinney | Director, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Presentation

Jeffrey W. Short | Environmental Chemist, JWS Consulting, LLC
Presentation

12:00 p.m. -
1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

Light fare was provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees were encouraged to relax, reconnect with colleagues, and visit exhibition booths.

1:15 p.m. -
2:45 p.m.

Boosting Economic Growth:
Job Creation, Coastal Tourism, and Ocean Recreation Video

From construction and restoration to recreation and tourism, coastal economic growth is fueling job creation across America. Between 2005 and 2009, when overall US employment dropped by 2.3 percent, coastal tourism and recreation employment grew by 2.7 percent and helped our nation survive the recession. This booming recreation and tourism industry is founded on clean and healthy habitats, abundant fish and wildlife, and the visitor opportunities that they support. The discussion explored how a healthy ocean equips coastal communities, manufacturers, the hospitality industry, and others to create jobs in today’s economy.These insights will be critical as we seek to build on existing investments and identify smart and sensible choices for the future.

Introduction
The Honorable Sam Farr | US House of Representatives, CA-20

Moderator
Isabel Hill | Director, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, US Department of Commerce

Discussants
Jeff Gray | Superintendent, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Pat Maher | American Hotel & Lodging Association

Mike McCartney | President and CEO, Hawaii Tourism Authority
Presentation

Rick Nolan | Principal, Boston Harbor Cruises
Presentation

Tom Schmid | President & CEO, Texas State Aquarium

2:45 p.m. -
3:15 p.m.

Networking Break

3:15 p.m. -
4:30 p.m.

A Focus on Coastal Communities:
Local Responses to Global Challenges Video

As global changes in governance, economies, culture, and the environment converge at the local level, America’s coastal communities are being exposed to escalating risks driven by forces beyond their control. At the same time, changes occurring on a local scale are contributing to and constantly affected by global transformations. Communities are searching for feasible and immediate actions to reduce their vulnerability to changes in the local environment – but how can the sum of emerging technological and policy solutions make a difference at the global scale? By exploring community-level responses to worldwide challenges like ocean acidification, marine debris, and intensifying ocean use, this discussion linked the local and global scales to reveal how local strategies can add up to address global drivers of risk for coastal economies, culture, and ways of life.

Introduction
Cylvia Hayes | Clean Economy Expert and First Lady of Oregon

Moderator
Brooke Smith | Executive Director, COMPASS
Presentation (used for entire session)

Discussants
Rebecca Goldburg, PhD | Director, Ocean Science Division, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Briana Goodwin | Monitoring Coordinator, Oregon Marine Debris Team

Boze Hancock | Marine Restoration Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

Julia Roberson | Director, Ocean Acidification Program, Ocean Conservancy

John Weber | Ocean Planning Director, Northeast Regional Ocean Council

Thursday, June 6

9:00 a.m. -
10:30 a.m.

Blue News:
What Gets Covered, and Why Video

Join us at the Newseum to kick off CHOW 2013’s final day by exploring how the news media affects ocean and coastal issues. Journalists have been shown to play a critically important, agenda-setting role in national conversations by choosing which issues to cover – but how are these decisions made, and who decides which topics will get prime coverage? Featuring a regionally-representative selection of prominent journalists, this discussion explored the diverse ways in which today’s most urgent ocean and coastal issues are covered by the press, understood by the public, and addressed by citizens from coast to coast.

Introduction
The Honorable Carl Levin | US Senator, Michigan

Moderator
Sunshine Menezes, PhD | Executive Director, Metcalf Institute, URI Graduate School of Oceanography

Discussants
Seth Borenstein | Science Writer, The Associated Press

Curtis Brainard | Staff Writer, Columbia Journalism Review

Kevin McCarey | Filmmaker-Author, Islands Under Fire, Savannah College of Art and Design

Mark Schleifstein | Environment Reporter, NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune

10:30 a.m. -
11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

11:00 a.m. -
12:00 p.m.

Did You Know?
MPAs Work and Support a Vibrant Economy Video

Over the past 20 years, a combination of scientific theory, modeling, and observation have shown that marine protected areas (MPAs) are capable of providing incredibly positive societal and socioeconomic benefits while simultaneously improving the health of ocean wildlife and habitats. As America’s coastal communities redouble their efforts to attract stable and secure employment opportunities in the wake of the recession, the multiple benefits of preserving the best places in our ocean – including improved business prospects in the tourism and recreation sector – are opening Americans’ eyes to the advantages of well-designed and properly managed MPAs. By exploring success stories from the Florida Keys and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuaries, this seminar showed how MPAs are enabling communities to protect ecosystem health, create economic vitality, and invest in smart choices for the future.

Introduction
The Honorable Dan Benishek, MD | US House of Representatives, MI-1; NMS Caucus Co-Chair

The Honorable Lois Capps | US House of Representatives, CA-24; NMS Caucus Co-Chair

Moderator
Fred Keeley | Former Speaker pro Tempore, California State Assembly
Sanctuaries Slideshow

Discussants
Jerry Ault | Professor of Marine Biology & Fisheries, University of Miami

Michael Cohen | Owner/Director, Santa Barbara Adventure Company
Watch the whale video from the presentation

12:00 p.m. -
1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

Light fare was provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees were encouraged to relax, reconnect with colleagues, and visit exhibition booths.

1:15 p.m. -
2:45 p.m.

Boosting Economic Growth:
Addressing Risks to Ports, Trade, and Supply Chains Video

America's prosperity begins along the shore, where ports and harbors serve as gateways to international and domestic trade and connect our nation to the expanding global marketplace. From the hurricane season of 2005 to the 2011 Japanese earthquake, the disruption of global supply chains – which are utterly dependent on ports as hubs of an intermodal transportation network – has been shown to have a huge impact on local, coastal business and the national economy. In anticipation of changes including rising sea levels and the widening of the Panama Canal, this discussion examined how ports and port users are taking action to address escalating risks, including how American businesses and communities can mitigate the impact of anticipated, unexpected, and disruptive coastal changes on global supply chains.

Introduction
The Honorable Alan Lowenthal | US House of Representatives, CA-47

Moderator
Richard D. Stewart | Co-Director, Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute

Discussants
Roger Bohnert | Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Intermodal System Development, Maritime Administration

Kathy Broadwater | Deputy Executive Director, Maryland Port Administration

John Farrell | Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission
Presentation

Jim Haussener | Executive Director, California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference

2:45 p.m. -
3:15 p.m.

Networking Break

3:15 p.m. -
4:30 p.m.

Leadership Roundtable:
Looking Back, Racing Ahead Video

As CHOW 2013 drew to a close, our leadership roundtable featured an interactive discussion among visionaries in the policy, business, and media communities designed to challenge our thinking about the future of our ocean nation. For the past decade, the United States' ocean agenda has been driven by two influential reports on marine policy, and CHOW 2013 sought to explore how we can build on our progress to date and engage in new efforts to create a better future for coastal communities and the national at large. This discussion provides policymakers, business leaders, academics, and concerned citizens with valuable insights into the trends, major changes, and recurring themes of US ocean policy - and what the past ten years may tell us about the next decade.

Moderator
Juliet Elperin | White House Reporter, The Washington Post

Discussants
The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse | US Senator, Rhode Island; 2013 NMSF Leadership Award Honoree

Randall Luthi | President and CEO, National Offshore Industries Association

Jim Moriarty | CEO, Surfrider Foundation

Mike Nussman | President and CEO, American Sportfishing Association

Andrew Rosenberg | Commissioner, US Commission on Ocean Policy

Vice Admiral Roger Rufe, USCG (ret.) | Commissioner, Pew Oceans Commission


Capitol Hill Ocean Talk

We were thrilled to partner with OceansLIVE for CHOW 2013. In addition to live streaming each session at CHOW, the OceansLIVE team produced Capitol Hill Ocean Talk, a series of panels and interviews designed to dive deeper into marine issues and enhance the CHOW experience.

A Conversation on the Importance of Ocean Partnerships

Capitol Hill Ocean Talk: Government Impressions

Interview: Allison Alexander, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Interview: Chris Mann, Pew Charitable Trusts

A Conversation on Tourism & Ocean Protection

Capitol Hill Ocean Talk: NGO Impressions

A conversation on Coastal Tourism & Impressions from the Leadership Awards Dinner

Interview: Fred Keeley, NMSF Board Member

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