The conference ended late Thursday afternoon with closing speeches from Biliana Cicin-Sain, Co-Chair of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, who thanked the organizers, sponsors, supporters, speakers, panelists and participants. She also explained that the main official outcome will be a “succinct” and “forward-looking” conference report. In addition, Mario Ruivo, President of the Portuguese Committee for the IOC, reflected that considerable progress had been made at this event, and David VanderZwaag, Dalhousie University, Canada, welcomed the energy generated at the meeting to fight for the goal of sustainable seas and healthy communities and residents along our coasts. The closing speech was presented by Manuel Lobo Antunes, State Secretary for National Defense and Maritime Affairs, Portugal. The meeting closed at 6:20 pm.