The 11th Annual Future of the Ocean Symposium and Champions of the Ocean Awards Luncheon was held on Oct. 29, 2015, at Monmouth University. The theme of the symposium was "A Revolution at Sea: Ocean Exploration, Technology & Discovery."
Honorees for National Champions of the Ocean were Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, and Terry Garcia, National Geographic Society Chief Science and Exploration Officer. The event also recognized three Regional Ocean Champions representing organizations that were instrumental in the preservation of 38,000 square miles of coral reef habitats from Long Island to Virginia. They are Richard B. Robins, Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Ernie Panacek, President of the Garden State Seafood Association; and Jay Odell, Director of the Mid-Atlantic Marine Program at the Nature Conservancy.