Meet the rockstars of the conservation world who you can meet at Tortuga! The 2021 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.