Conservation Village

Conservation Village Partners

Meet the rockstars of the conservation world who you can meet at Tortuga! The 2022 Conservation Village lineup, each focusing on 1 of the 5 core issues of Rock the Ocean Foundation, will be the most fun, educational and interactive collection of conservation organizations to date! Learn about the issues facing our world’s oceans, how you can help and see firsthand how a portion of proceeds from the festival are making a difference.

 

 

 

 

Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation

WHO? – Established & incorporated in 1990 by Dr Samuel Gruber, today the Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation (BBFSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located on the island of South Bimini, Bahamas. The mission of BBFSF is to advance our knowledge of the biology of marine animals especially the heavily impacted elasmobranch fish fauna (sharks and rays); to educate future scientists at an undergraduate and graduate levels; and to disseminate our research results to advance the field of marine science and conservation biology, as well as raise public perception and awareness of sharks and other marine species.

 

Coastal Conservation Association Florida

WHO? – CCA Florida is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Florida’s marine resources. Founded in 1985 and one of 19 state chapters of the national CCA organization, we work with our 18,000+ members, including recreational anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, to conserve and enhance marine resources and coastal environments in our state. We push for fisheries management that keep fish stocks sustainable and abundant, we educate and engage the public to support habitat and environmental restoration, and we work with our members and state residents to ensure good stewardship of our coastal resources.

 

Coastlove

WHO? – Coastlove works to clean up and restore coastal ecosystems while bridging the gap between coastal conservation issues and underrepresented communities. We address these issues through action, education, support, on-the-ground projects and programs including large scale coastal cleanups and restorations, connecting youth to ocean based experiences, provide resources to reduce the use of single use plastic and empower individual communities through understanding, working together and respect.

 

Eco Exchange

WHAT? – Eco Exchange is an incentive-based recycling program that encourages everyone to gather trash & recyclables and exchange them for prizes!

 

Friends of Our Florida Reefs

WHO? – FOFR is a registered 501c3 nonprofit citizen support organization dedicated to conserving and protecting over 100 miles of vital coral reefs (directly offshore SE Florida between Miami-Dade and Martin Counties) by enhancing and complementing the critical efforts, programs and activities of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (FDEP CRCP)

 

Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

WHO? – Founded by world-renowned marine artist and scientist, Guy Harvey, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) aims to help ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem where fish, and other wildlife, flourish. The GHOF is currently engaged in satellite tracking studies of several species of sharks and billfish, produces engaging video content, and provides scholarships to students studying to become the next generation of marine scientists.

 

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

WHO? – Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit sea turtle hospital, education, and ocean conservation facility located on the Atlantic Ocean in Palm Beach County, Florida. We’re expanding our campus in an effort to amplify and accelerate our ocean conservation and education impact in Palm Beach County and around the globe.

 

Nova Southeastern University, Coral Reef Restoration Assessment and Monitoring Lab

WHO? – The Coral Reef Restoration Assessment and Monitoring Lab and the Coral Nursery Initiative work both locally and internationally on coral reef assessment monitoring and restoration. The overall goal of our research is to provide vital information to scientists, the public, and resource managers to aid in coral reef protection and the conservation of this resource.

 

Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center – Guy Harvey Research Institute

WHO? – GHRI is a scientific research organization based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, at the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography of Nova Southeastern University, minutes from coral reefs and popular fishing grounds. GHRI was established in 1999 as a collaboration between the renowned marine artist Dr. Guy Harvey and NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography to assume a leadership role in providing the scientific information necessary to understand and save the world’s fish resources and biodiversity from drastic, ongoing declines. GHRI is one of only a handful of private organizations dedicated exclusively to expanding the scientific knowledge base needed for effective conservation of fish populations and maintenance of fish biodiversity.

 

Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center – Fisheries & Avian Ecology Laboratory

WHO? – The Nova Southeastern University Fisheries & Avian Ecology Laboratory is involved in several fisheries projects relating to the problem of over-fishing, specifically those addressing the related problem of bycatch. We intend to use donations to support student at-sea research on bycatch reduction devices and the collection of samples to address biological questions regarding the effects of over-fishing. More recent projects include research into invasive lionfish physiology and feeding ecology.

 

Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center – Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program

WHO? – The Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography manages the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program in partnership with Broward County. The program provides for the conservation of endangered and threatened sea turtle species within Broward County. The program also provides public education and community outreach in effort to expand knowledge about the importance of endangered species conservation.

 

OCEARCH

WHO? – OCEARCH is on a mission to return our world’s oceans to balance and abundance. OCEARCH is recognized as a world leader in generating scientific data related to tracking (telemetry), and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white sharks, tiger sharks, and more. OCEARCH provides a free open-sourced Shark Tracking service and app that allows scientists, educators, and fans alike to learn about the never before documented movements of our ocean’s animals. As of March 2022, OCEARCH has embarked on 43 ocean research expeditions, engaged with more than 200 researchers from 90 global institutions, safely studied more than 431 animals, and advanced science through 75+ peer reviewed published papers.

 

Ocean Rescue Alliance

WHO? – We build artificial structure for various biological purposes to create fish habitat, provide coastal protection, enable applied restoration and create ecotourism sites. Our next upcoming artificial reef deployment is April 2022 with the City of Hollywood which 25 reef modules will be deployed to create a coral nursery where we intend to outplant 15,000 corals late spring. Along with continuing educational and citizen science programs to engage the public.

 

Project Baseline

WHO? – PROJECT BASELINE is a U.S. 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We were started by SCUBA divers in 2009 to attack what we realized too many of us have been blindly accepting as inevitable, the piece-by-piece destruction of the underwater environments we cherish along with the amazing animals that live there. Project Baseline organizes scuba divers, snorkelers, and free divers to record change in the world’s underwater environments. We advocate for conservation of underwater ecosystems, and engage with scientific, conservation, and government entities to advance the pace of restoration and protection efforts.

 

Reef Discovery Center

WHO? – REEF DISCOVERY CENTER (RDC, reefcenter.org) was founded as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Florida in October 2020 and received 501c3 status from the IRS in February 2021. RDC will serve as a vanguard center for coral reef education, coral husbandry, and marine research, focusing on Florida and Atlantic/Caribbean stony corals. RDC hosts a community coral nursery sponsored by the South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals (SFAEP). This initiative represents the first step in RDC’s goal of becoming a facility in the Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project (FRTRP) managed by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The FRTRP is a coral rescue and conservation network focused on the rescue, housing, and propagation of Florida corals affected by stony coral tissue loss disease.

 

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)

WHO? – REEF is an international marine conservation organization that implements hands-on programs to involve local communities in marine conservation-focused activities. Our goal is to protect ocean health through marine education, research, and citizen science throughout the world. REEF’s work focuses on four main projects: the Volunteer Fish Survey Project, the Grouper Moon Project, the Invasive Species Program, and the Explorers Education Program.

 

Rock the Ocean Foundation

WHO? – Our mission is to increase public awareness about the issues impacting the world’s oceans and to support scientific research, education and ocean conservation initiatives through benefit concerts, brand partnerships, and entertainment industry events.

 

Sea Turtle Adventures

WHO? – Sea Turtle Adventures, Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based out of Palm Beach County, FL. For 21 years, STA has been monitoring local beaches for nesting sea turtles, documenting nearly 1,000 nests annually. STA also hosts approximately 50 beach and mangrove cleanups annually, and in partnership with Ocean Conservancy, provides detailed data from each cleanup to the Conservancy to assist with policy making regarding marine pollution. STA’s nature program for adults with special needs is a first of its kind program in Palm Beach County, with over 80 members and counting.

 

University of Miami Shark Research & Conservation Program

WHO? – Directed by Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, the Shark Research & Conservation Program (SRC) at the University of Miami conducts cutting-edge shark research while also inspiring scientific literacy and environmental ethic in youth through unique hands-on field research experiences. Every year, SRC brings out thousands of people, mostly school-children, on our research boats to survey, sample, tag, and study sharks. Opportunities are especially made available for under-served populations in the sciences, such as females through our F.I.N.S. Program.

 

Sharks4Kids

WHO? – The goal of Sharks4Kids is to create the next generation of shark advocates through education, outreach and adventure. We provide interactive and dynamic learning opportunities for students around the world. Our program includes FREE educational materials, school presentations in person or virtually, education events and field trips for students. We are changing fear to fascination by immersing students into the world of sharks.

 

South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals

WHO?

  • Encourage and carry on research and education for the benefit of the public and concerned professionals in all fields related to the environment, including air and water pollution control, land use, environmental impact assessment, natural resource issues and toxic hazardous substance control, and human health.
  • Encourage the incorporation of environmental considerations through all stages of project conceptualization and development of continuous environmental audit procedures to assure wise management and protection of the environment.
  • Improve communication and advance the state-of-the-art among environmental practitioners in management, research, planning, designing, engineering, evaluation, education or review.
  • Improve public awareness and involvement in the environmental review process.
  • Improve the quality, content and cost effectiveness of environmental documents.
  • Improve criteria for the preparation, review and evaluation of environmental documents.
  • Encourage consistency in the administrative implementation and application of the environmental evaluation process.
  • Encourage compliance with the NAEP’s code of ethics.
  • Improve methods for the collection and utilization of environmental information and a sharing of databases wherever feasible, and promote dissemination of such information on an open and non discriminatory basis to the public and to decision makers.
  • Promote and enhance professional recognition and State certification of Environmental Professionals.

 

Stoked on Salt

WHO? – At Stoked On Salt, we feel it is important to help preserve and protect our coral reef ecosystems by organizing local Ocean, Beach and Waterway cleanups to help increase public awareness. Our volunteer cleanup “SOS Ocean Clean-Up consists over 3,500 followers of local divers, snorkelers, surfers, residents, high school groups and beach-goers. The TEAM SOS volunteers, ages 4 to 87 years old, help to support the movement for a trash free ocean and environment here in South Florida.

 

The Billfish Foundation

WHO? – The Billfish Foundation (TBF) is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to conserving and enhancing billfish populations around the world. A three tiered strategy of research, education and advocacy is employed by TBF in order to create marine conservation strategies that benefit oceanic resources while also empowering the recreational fishing community.

 

The Extra Catch

WHO? – Earth’s oceans are one of our most valuable resources. But instead of treating it like a valuable resource, we’ve been treating it like a garbage dump: billions of tons of trash (that won’t decompose for hundreds of years) currently pollute Earth’s waterways, and the problem is projected to get worse. As awareness of this problem grows, many companies are now producing high-quality sustainable products (bags, bottles, straws, etc.) that should reduce market demand for disposable plastic products, which is great. But even if we eliminated single-use plastics from daily life tomorrow, there would still be billions of tons of plastics polluting our oceans and waterways. Organizations such as The Ocean Cleanup are launching massive operations to tackle large accumulations of pollution in coming decades, which is also great. But in the meantime, our waterways are full of trash, and like-minded people around the world are looking for ways to turn the tide against local marine pollution. The Extra Catch’s message is simple: if you’re out on the water and you see some trash, make “the extra catch” (retrieve it) and bring it back to shore for proper disposal. To help spread the word, take a cool pic with your extra catch and upload it to Instagram, #theextracatch. You’re already out there – just take a second and make the world a better place.

 

The Marine Ecology and Acoustics Library

WHO? – The Marine Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory is led by Dr. Kevin Boswell, at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus. We use active acoustic technology to study the spatial ecology of marine organisms, from bioluminescent zooplankton to goliath grouper to marine mammals. Our lab is unique in that we are united under the acoustic research methodology, yet study variety of aquatic systems from the equator to the poles. Some of our current projects are investigating the trophic ecology between whales and their prey in response to environmental change and modeling where fish are distributed around reefs.

 

University of Miami Rescue A Reef Program

WHO? – The Rescue a Reef program is a University of Miami (UM) citizen science project designed to support coral reef research and restoration activities to recover local coral populations on degraded reefs. Rescue a Reef provides unique, hands-on educational experiences in coral research lead by UM scientists in which community members have the opportunity to actively participate in coral restoration efforts.