Partner Spotlight: NMSF and Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2023

Managing our collective use and protection of the global ocean and ensuring its safe existence for future generations is central to combatting climate change, protecting coastal communities, and sustaining our economies. From June 6 – 8, 2023, join in Washington, DC, and virtually for Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW)! Explore the ocean-climate connection and discover how ocean conservation can become an integral part of climate change strategies.

The CHOW 2023 program promises an exciting lineup. It kicks off with a day on Capitol Hill on June 6, followed by a conference at the Ronald Reagan Building on June 7 and 8. The week will end off with the Ocean Awards Gala on the evening of June 8, coinciding with World Ocean Day. Register for free at and be part of this transformative event!

Since its inception in 2001, CHOW has evolved, bringing together scientists, policymakers, scholars, businesses, and passionate individuals who care about our environment. What began as a small daylong gathering two decades ago has now blossomed into the nation’s premier annual ocean conservation conference. The event is convened by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and attracts thousands of participants each year. 

This year’s theme, Ocean x Climate, features presentations on a myriad of ocean-related topics, such as Ocean x Climate x Culture: Indigenous Leadership in Ocean, 30 Gigawatts x 2030: What is the Future of Offshore Energy?, and Stranded at Sea: Human Rights Violations in the Seafood Supply Chain. 

Thank you to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for being a strong Supporter of The Ocean Project and World Ocean Day, with a special focus on collaborative youth engagement and leadership! Thank you, too, to NMSF’s support of this year’s Sea Youth Rise Up campaign, which brings youth from across the country and all types of backgrounds to to Washington, DC to participate in CHOW, meet with national leaders to discuss some of the major issues, and network with ocean and climate policy advocates to create synergies for the seas!