Conservation Village

Conservation Village Partners

Meet the rockstars of the conservation world who you can meet at Tortuga! The 2020 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.

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

WHO? – The AWSC is a non-profit that funds and conducts the research of great white sharks in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. AWSC’s research focuses on tagging and tracking great white sharks as well as looking at their behaviors. Through education programs, we strive to connect the community to ongoing research efforts, inspiring white shark and ocean conservation.


The Billfish Foundation

WHO? – TBF employs a multi-tiered, proactive suite of initiatives involving research, education, and advocacy projects. TBF manages both traditional and satellite tagging programs and our private tagging database boasts over 260,000 records, the largest in the world. With the lack of interest in billfish by the federal government, we are now one of the only funding sources for billfish research.


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.


Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute

WHO? – CMARI works to protect and conserve fragile marine ecosystems and the endangered species that call them home. We focus on conservation of flagship species such as manatees, sea turtles, right whales, and dolphins to ensure greater protection for the sensitive habitats they rely on around the world. CMARI biologists and ecologists combine passion for their work with technical expertise to conduct rigorous scientific research to ensure adequate species protection, educate the public, and conserve coastal habitats.


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.

Coral Restoration Foundation

WHO? – The CRF is the world’s largest non-profit marine-conservation organization dedicated to restoring coral reefs to a healthy state, in Florida as well as globally. Headquartered in the Florida Keys, CRF was incorporated in 2007 in response to the widespread loss of the dominant coral species on the Florida Reef Tract. Since 2012, CRF has out planted more than 100,000 nursery-grown corals back onto the Florida Reef Tract


DEEPEND Consortium

WHO? – The DEEPEND Consortium is a team of scientists, led by Nova Southeastern University, who study the ecology of the deep Gulf of Mexico. In response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the highlighted absence of baseline data for the deep Gulf of Mexico (200-1500 m) water column, the DEEPEND consortium will conduct a ten year sampling, sensing, modeling, and laboratory analysis program to assess ecosystem dynamics, identify drivers of variability, and investigate possible consequences of the spill on ecosystem attributes. Data obtained during the 2010-2011 and 2015-2024 periods will establish a time-series with which ecosystem shifts or responses can be detected.


DEP Coral Reef Conservation Program

WHO? – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection protects, conserves and manages the state’s natural resources and enforces its environmental laws. Specifically, the DEP Coral Reef Conservation Program coordinates research and monitoring, develops management strategies, and promotes partnerships to protect the coral reefs, hard-bottom communities, and associated reef resources of southeast Florida.

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 Oceanographic Center – Coral Nursery Initiative

WHO? – The Nova Southeastern University Coral Nursery Initiative maintains an offshore nursery with nearly 1300 endangered staghorn corals. We use these corals to conduct coral restoration projects that both restore the local reefs and investigate methods to improve reef restoration. We emphasize collaborations with both the scientific and local communities. We have partnered with Lauderdale-by-the-Sea to outplant 2,000 staghorn corals by the end of 2020.


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.


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 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.


Reef Relief

WHO? – Reef Relief preserves and protects the Florida Barrier Reef primarily through education and community outreach. Some of our programs include Coral Camp for Kids, the Discover Coral Reefs School Program, the Storm Water Education Program, the “Skip the Straw” Campaign, and the “Protect your Skin, Protect our Reef” sunscreen campaign. It is our main goal to create public awareness on the issues our oceans our face and to help visitors, locals, and students come up with solutions to combat these problems.


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.


Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (STOP)

WHO? – STOP is an all-volunteer nonprofit corporation that educates the public by hosting sea turtle nesting habitat awareness and lighting workshops and offer presentations to schools, organizations and local businesses to increase sea turtle awareness. With our feet on the sand, we interact with tens of thousands of beach-goers each year during our nightly campaigns, providing them with helpful tips to avoid being a disturbance while on the nesting habitat. They have reduced hatchling mortality by 50% in Broward County Florida since 2007. .


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.



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 Wildlife Center

WHO? – South Florida Wildlife Center, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States, is one of the nation’s highest-volume wildlife trauma hospitals. A national leader and teaching facility in wildlife veterinary medicine and rehabilitation, SFWC provides emergency rescue, veterinary treatment, and expert rehabilitative care to more than 350 wild species. Founded in October 1969, the Fort Lauderdale-based facility helps more than 12,000 injured, orphaned, or imperiled animals annually, responds to wildlife conflicts, and collaborates locally and nationally on issues impacting human, environmental and animal health.

Stoked On Salt

WHO? – Stoked On Salt – SOS Ocean Cleanup is a local ocean conservation group that is comprised totally of volunteers ages 3 – 85 with over 3,000. We produce fundraiser events for local non-profit groups and beach/reef cleanups in South Florida Stoked On Salt Debris Art are unique pieces of art created without using paint brushes, but by using debris items previously found on the beach and in the ocean. By using these items, we hope to help bring awareness to ocean pollution.


University of Miami Marine Mammal Rescue Team

WHO? – MMRT is a volunteer undergraduate student organization at the University of Miami that is trained to respond to marine mammal strandings. The purpose of MMRT is to enrich student life through rescue, rehabilitation, and/or release of marine mammals. We are constantly training new members on how to safely respond to strandings, and work in partnership with members of the Southeast Stranding Network.


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.