The nation’s premier ocean and Great Lakes policy conference


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.

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.

With the accessible virtual format, Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2020 is an opportunity for people from across the U.S. and the globe to come together for a conversation on how we can work together to conserve the variety of life on Earth for the long term health of our communities and the planet.

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A 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.

This year, due to the additional costs of opening up this experience as a virtual conference, we are asking you to make a tax-deductible donation as part of your registration. We have always taken pride in keeping CHOW a free event to be able to include all audiences, so your donation will help expand CHOW's reach and ensure we can continue the important work of protecting the wonders of our national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments.

*Donors of $25+ will automatically receive one entry into a special door prize drawing during Virtual CHOW 2020! Limited to one per person.*

Register today to make sure you are part of this year's conversation in a whole new way. Mark your calendars – we will see you on June 9th.