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Chris Fischer
To Deliver Keynote At Opening Ceremony

The 2014 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference officially begins on Wednesday, June 25. Emmy award-winning television host, and leading spokesman for responsible fisheries management, Chris Fischer, has been slated to provide the keynote speech at the event. The Opening Ceremony is being sponsored by Caterpillar.


Chris FischerFischer is an ocean explorer who has led 19 global expeditions to advance science and education while unlocking many mysteries surrounding the life history of white sharks and other giants of the ocean. He has facilitated millions of dollars in collaborative ocean research, supporting the work of over 50 scientists from over 35 international and regional institutions.

More than 10 years ago, Chris Fischer set a course to become the voice of the world's ocean, to bring awareness of the seas into people's homes, and create appreciation for marine environments on a global scale. From this foundation, he knew he could help shape public policy to help protect the world's vast marine resources.

From 2002 to 2009, Chris created and hosted the Emmy Award winning "Offshore Adventures," a television series chronicling a life at sea: fishing, free-diving and conservation. Offshore Adventures was America's most-watched outdoor television show of its kind during its 180-episode run on ESPN, winning a total of four Emmys. Conservation and sustainable fisheries management were the show's foundation, echoed by Fischer's now-famous send-off "Go out! Discover the world's oceans and be a responsible steward of the seas."

Fischer and his team pioneered the method for capturing and releasing mature white sharks and other large marine species on the M/V OCEARCH, a 126' research vessel equipped with a 75,000 lb. custom shark lift and powered by two CAT engines and three CAT generators. This one-of-a-kind system provides the opportunity for leading science teams to conduct unprecedented live research on the ocean's giants.

OCEARCH is a non-profit organization with a global reach for unprecedented research on the ocean's giants, supporting leading researchers and institutions seeking to attain groundbreaking data on the biology and health of sharks, in conjunction with research on shark life history and migration. The researchers OCEARCH supports work aboard the M/V OCEARCH, a 126' vessel equipped with a custom 75,000 hydraulic lift and research platform, which serves as both mothership and at-sea laboratory. OCEARCH expeditions - through the support of Caterpillar and other partners such as Costa, Yeti, Yamaha, Contender, SAFE boats and Mustad - generate satellite tracks and other forms of data for sharks, with planned expansion to other species in the future. The data is shared on the Global Shark Tracker with the world for free, enabling students and the public to learn alongside PhDs. In the fall of 2014 a new OCEARCH STEM K-12 Curriculum, based on the Global Shark Tracker and developed by Landry's, will be launched nationally for grades 6-8. More information on OCEARCH can be found at:, including access to the Global Shark Tracker.

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