The OCF recognizes that in order to protect and restore the oceans while paving the way for sustainable utilization, chief decision makers across all disciplines need to be involved.

By uniting leaders in government, corporations, NGOs, and the scientific community, we can find common ground and establish a network strong enough to solve global maritime natural resource challenges.

Caucus List


The Senate Oceans Caucus is a bipartisan caucus working to increase awareness and find common ground in responding to issues facing the oceans and coasts. The caucus was founded by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

U.S. Senate - 115th Congress

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

House of Representatives

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK)


Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

The United State Coast Guard (USCG) plays an important role in combating illegal fishing and organized transnational crime, says its Commandant, Admiral Karl Schultz.
On June 7th, the Oceans Caucus Foundation and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation co-hosted an expert panel to discuss how their respective industries and organizations are working to protect our…
Lack of traceability and enforcement in the seafood sector makes the commercial fishing industry particularly vulnerable to human trafficking. To examine these links, the Oceans Caucus Foundation hosted a panel…
On Saturday, January 21st, the Oceans Caucus Foundation hosted a luncheon to acknowledge the vital role of the U.S. Congressional Oceans Caucus leadership in addressing pirate fishing and present an…
On Wednesday, November 8th, the Oceans Caucus Foundation hosted the second of its National Security Briefing Series with Vice Admiral Charles Ray on the role of the U.S. Coast Guard…
On October 3rd, the Oceans Caucus Foundation hosted the first in a series of briefings on National Security. This briefing, featuring speakers from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and the…
The panel included Emily Woglom, Executive Vice President of the Oceans Conservancy; Steve Russell, Vice President of Plastics Division for the American Chemistry Council; and Carolyn Weis, Program Director of…
On July 13, Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee and Founding Co-Chair of the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus, in cooperation with the Oceans…
On May 25, co-chair of the House Oceans Caucus, Rep. Don Young of Alaska, introduced H.R. 2748 – To reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action…
As part of its Congressional Breakfast Briefing Series, the Oceans Caucus Foundation hosted new House Oceans Caucus Co-Chair Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) on April 5, 2017.
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