Conservation Village


2019 Conservation Village Partners

Meet the rockstars of the conservation world who you can meet at Tortuga! The 2019 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 Conservancey

WHO? – Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) supports scientific research, educates the community, and improves public safety. AWSC is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) white shark research, led by Dr. Greg Skomal, relies, in part, on outside funding to conduct research. AWSC is working directly with the MA DMF to support current and long term white shark research projects. Our goal is to connect a future generation to sharks through hands-on learning opportunities; inspiring the conservation of keystone species in our ocean’s ecosystem. AWSC, the National Seashore, the Towns of Cape Cod and the Islands, and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, have worked together to produce shark advisory signs, brochures, and a safety video that provide education and safety tips for beach users.


American Shark Conservancy

WHO? – The American Shark Conservancy (ASC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of sharks and rays, increasing awareness and understanding of our oceans, through research and education. The ASC was founded in 2014 by Hannah Medd, a marine biologist with a focus on science-based conservation and communication regarding sharks and rays.


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.


Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation

WHO? – The Bimini Biological Field Station, or “Sharklab”, is a non-profit organization that was founded, and has continued to operate for nearly 30 years, in the principles of safe, ethical, and unique research techniques as a means of perpetuating the understanding and conservation of sharks and rays.


Coastal Conservation Association of Florida

WHO? – CCA Florida is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Florida’s marine resources. Nationally, CCA is committed to the sustainable health of coastal fisheries and fights for recreational anglers’ interests. Here in Florida, 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? – Coral Restoration Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization based in Key Largo, FL. Actively working to restore the coral reefs, educating others on the importance of our oceans, and using science to further research and monitoring techniques, Coral Restoration Foundation is saving our oceans one coral at a time.

WHAT? – For our booth display, we would like to have a marked off (about 10×10) area where we can have fake corals and display “reef”. Concert-goers would put on fins and have to get to the other side by avoiding stepping on corals and causing reef degradation – bonus points for picking up any plastic bags or bottles along the way. We would also like to have a “coralhole” game where guests can throw different sized beanbags or “stressors” at a coral covered cornhole board to show how hard you have to work to avoid these different stressors from damaging the reefs. We plan on having plastic-free giveaways and prizes for attendees along with a coral tree display to teach guests with a more indepth visual of how we are actively saving the reefs. Our “individual impact” action would be how attendees can be conscious when in the ocean or boating as well as in their day to day activities to help the reefs by not contributing to water runoff, pollution, etc. or things that are attributed to coral stressors.



WHO? – The DEEPEND Consortium is a team of scientists, led by Nova Southeastern University, who study the ecology of the deep Gulf of Mexico. Their studies provide information needed to: 1) understand and protect this unique ecosystem, and 2) determine the impact of disasters like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill


Florida Department of Environmental Protection Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative Friends of Our Florida Reefs

WHO? – Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) is a local action strategy that works to reduce key threats to coral reef resources in southeast Florida through the collaborative efforts of local stakeholders. The FDEP Coral Reef Conservation Program administers the SEFCRI and many other programs. Current projects and initiatives include the Southeast Florida Action Network (SEAFAN), coral disease work, and water quality monitoring.

Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

WHO? – The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment. The GHOF also funds affiliated researchers working to better understand our ocean ecosystem and educators helping to foster the next era of marine conservationists. The GHOF will help ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a properly balanced ocean ecosystem.


Loggerhead Marine Life Center

WHO? – Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a nonprofit sea turtle hospital that promotes conservation of ocean ecosystems with a focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The Center features an on-site campus hospital, research laboratory, educational exhibits and aquariums, and also operates the Juno Beach Pier, a pier that hosts world-class fishing and sightseeing. Situated on one of the world’s most important sea turtle nesting beaches, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is open daily and hosts over 350,000 guests free-of-charge each year. In late 2017, the Center launched their Waves of Progress capital expansion campaign, designed to accelerate and amplify LMC’s conservation and education impact in Juno Beach and around the globe. When complete, the facility will offer one of the world’s most advanced and unique experiences for guests and scientific partners. For more information, visit or call(561) 627-8280.



Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program

WHO? – Seafood Watch is a program of the Monterey Bay Aquarium that empowers consumers and businesses to make choices for healthy oceans, helping support diverse marine ecosystems for the future. Using science-based, peer review methods, Seafood Watch assesses how fisheries and farmed seafood impact the environment and provides recommendations indicating which items are Best Choices, Good Alternatives, and which ones to Avoid. The free Seafood Watch app has been downloaded over 2 million times, houses over 1,200 recommendations and points you to nearby businesses sourcing sustainable seafood.


The Nature Conservancy

WHO? – The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.


Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center – Coral Nursery Initiative

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 lab is involved in reef assessments following damage events, coral, sponge and gorgonian transplantation, long-term coral reef monitoring programs, reef health evaluations, and management of a coral nursery. The overall goal of our research is to provide information to scientists, the public and resource managers to aid in coral reef protection and conservation.


Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center – Guy Harvey Research Institute

WHO? – Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center carries out innovative, basic and applied research and to provide high-quality graduate and undergraduate education in a broad range of marine science and related disciplines. The NSU Oceanographic Center is home to the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center, the National Coral Reef Institute, and Fisheries Lab. We also operate Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program in partnership with Broward County government


Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center – Kerstetter Fisheries Laboratory

WHO? – The Kerstetter Fisheries Laboratory works worldwide to promote sustainable fisheries. Our research focuses on fishing gear conservation engineering, outreach of sustainable fishing techniques, and providing the basic biological and ecological information needed for effective fisheries management.


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

WHO? – The Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program has been monitoring Broward County beaches for 28 years, furthering the conservation of our local nesting sea turtles. A partnership between NSU and Broward County, this program works with local volunteer organizations to ensure the protection of nests and hatchling sea turtles from March 1-October 31 every year. With record nesting numbers the past two years, BCSTCP is really making an impact in sea turtle conservation!


Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS)

WHO? – OPS is a team of artists and activists that promote advocacy for oceans, endangered species, and our natural environment through the use of film, photography, social media, and collaboration. Expose the Truth. Protect the Planet. OPS is best known for its films: “The Cove” – winner of the 2009 Academy Award™ for Best Documentary; “Racing Extinction,” released on Discovery- Dec 2015- over 36 million people viewed in 24-hr. period in 220 countries and territories; and soon to be released (Jan 2018 at Sundance) The Game Changers – made in association with OPS, Directed by Louie Psihoyos, Executive Produced by James Cameron. We also produce major projection events that have generated over 4.4 billion social media impressions and have reached millions of people via traditional media formats.


Reef Environmental Education Foundation REEF

WHO? – Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) conserves marine ecosystems by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active ocean stewards and citizen scientists. REEF links the diving community with scientists, resource managers and conservationists through volunteer service, education, and research.



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. Find out more on our page!


Sea2Shore Alliance

WHO? – Sea to Shore Alliance (S2S), through research, education, and conservation, works to improve the health and productivity of coastal environments for the endangered species and human livelihoods that depend on them. Our project areas are broad but they all focus on one of three key species: manatees, sea turtles and right whales in conjunction with reducing nearshore marine debris that pose threats to endangered species and human health. By focusing on the conservation of these flagship species, our work is ensuring greater protection for the sensitive aquatic habitats where these charismatic animals frequent around the world. While international in scope, S2S conducts a large majority of our work in Florida because it contains many of the country’s most imperiled marine mammals, including the endangered manatee.


Seafood Ninja

WHO? – Seafood Ninja’s goal is to bring cost-effective solutions that help the wider seafood supply chain to develop strategies and commitments for sourcing sustainably and become active stakeholders in the sustainable seafood movement.


Sea Turtle Adventures

WHO? – Sea Turtle Oversight Protection, Inc. is a public benefit nonprofit corporation organized and operated exclusively for educational and scientific purposes. The purpose of Sea Turtle Oversight Protection, Inc., a Florida non-profit corporation, is to educate the public about marine turtle conservation efforts and the benefits of restoring the population of this endangered species. In order to achieve this purpose, Sea Turtle Oversight Protection, Inc. works to protect marine turtles and the critical habitats they need for population maintenance.


Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (STOP)

WHO? – Sea Turtle Oversight Protection, Inc. is a public benefit nonprofit corporation organized and operated exclusively for educational and scientific purposes. The purpose of Sea Turtle Oversight Protection, Inc., a Florida non-profit corporation, is to educate the public about marine turtle conservation efforts and the benefits of restoring the population of this endangered species. In order to achieve this purpose, Sea Turtle Oversight Protection, Inc. works to protect marine turtles and the critical habitats they need for population maintenance.

Sharks 4 Kids

WHO? – Sharks4Kids is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit working to introduce shark conservation to students and teachers around the world through education, outreach, and adventure. We’ve connected with over 60,000 students in 44 countries and 48 US States through our in person visits, Skype lessons and Google Hangouts. We are partnering with research groups, conservation organizations and aquariums around the world to create new materials and provide even more opportunities for students.


South Florida Wildlife Center

WHO? – South Florida Wildlife Center is the nation’s highest-volume wildlife trauma hospital, admitting more than 12,000 injured, orphaned or imperiled wildlife annually. A large percentage of these animals are sea and shorebirds who arrive injured and in distress from ingesting fishhooks/fishing line filament or from other marine-related injuries, including boating incidents and marine debris. Through public talks, pier posted signs and receptacles for proper disposal of hooks and filament, we work to educate the public about how to avoid injuring sea and shore birds. Our trauma hospital and rehabilitation center not only treats and releases recovered sea and shore birds, but also raises awareness about the importance of keeping our oceans and shorelines clean.

Stoked On Salt

WHO? – Stoked on Salt’s goal is to educate the public as to how debris has a devastating effect on the ocean’s sea life and living coral reefs.

WHAT? – Ocean conservation artist Lisa Miceli will paint a live Mural using only beach debris as her painting utensils. These items have been removed from our local beaches and ocean during the SOS Ocean Clean Up events. Inside the booth will be a sculpture of a mermaid made completely out of debris creating the perfect Instagram moment! 


University of Florida (UF IFAS) Nature Coast Biological

WHO? – The mission of the NCBS is to enhance the conservation and sustainability of natural resources throughout the Nature Coast through collaborative research, enhanced public engagement, field-based courses, and hands-on training workshops.


University of Florida Program for Shark Research

WHO? – The FPSR is a major research and education program that integrates cutting-edge research with education and outreach, reaching a worldwide audience.


University of Miami Shark Research & Conservation Program

WHO? – Shark Research is a nonprofit research laboratory administered by the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric and Abbes Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. In addition to research in predator prey ecology of large coastal sharks, SRC, through its educational outreach, engages 1,000s of students in a one-day shark tagging program.


University of Miami RECOVER Consortium

WHO? – The RECOVER Consortium is a research team based at the University of Miami studying the detrimental effects of oil on fish in the wake of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. RECOVER scientists are focusing their research on mahi-mahi and red drum, two ecologically and economically important species in the Gulf of Mexico and along Florida’s coasts. Learn how oil exposure can affect the development of young fish and their ability to swim and survive later in life.


University of Miami Rescue A Reef

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 restore local coral populations on Florida’s coral reefs. Our mission is to provide unique, hands-on experiences in coral reef conservation to restore the future of coral reefs through education, engagement, and science.

Wildlife Voice

WHO? – Wildlife Voice gives a voice to the decreasing populations of animals and plants! WildlifeVOICE’s utilizes education, outreach, and scientific research to inspire change.