2017 Conservation Village Partners
Our 2017 Conservation Village will be the most fun, educational and interactive collection of conservation groups at Tortuga to date! Browse through all our amazing conservation partners on site below and find out what they are doing at the 2017 Tortuga Music Festival!
WHO? – The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy supports scientific research, improves public safety, and educates the community, to inspire conservation of the Atlantic white sharks. It is our mission to increase knowledge of Atlantic white sharks and change public perception to conserve the species and ensure biologically diverse marine ecosystems.
WHO? – Beneath The Waves is an NGO which aims to raise awareness regarding critical marine issues, foster the advancement of science, and promote the protection of our oceans. In order to give the oceans a voice through digital media and scientific storytelling, the organization began by hosting ocean-related film festivals. It has now grown to include scientific research and youth programs, and is activated in 12 countries worldwide.
WHAT? – Beneath The Waves will be showcasing the first-ever, groundbreaking shark research done in Asia in 2015 that was funded by the Rock The Ocean Foundation.
WHO? – The Billfish Foundation (TBF), a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) organization, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is dedicated to the conservation of billfish (marlin, sailfish, spearfish) and their associated highly migratory fish species. 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.
WHAT? – We will demonstrate to the public what billfish are, why are they are important, and how they can help conserve them. Concertgoers will be able to see actual “baby” billfish, learn what they eat, and learn how large they get just in the waters off of Florida. We will bring visuals for the public to see where they travel, how big they grow and introduce them to the new mobile application for our Tag & Release Program. Our Tag & Release Program is constituent based and hope to get some of the public interested in billfish conservation and being a part of program. We will provide demonstrations on how to properly tag, release and report billfish and answer any questions for them as well. We will also have an interactive quiz game, if they win they get a prize, like a cup or sticker or maybe a membership if they answer a number of them correctly.
WHO? – The Bimini SharkLab is a non-profit organization based in South Bimini, Bahamas. The mission of the SharkLab is to advance our knowledge of the biology of marine animals especially the heavily impacted sharks and rays; to educate future scientists; and to disseminate our research results to advance the field of marine science and to increase public awareness of sharks and other marine species.
WHAT? – Biological Field Station Foundation in both the Bahamas and off the coast of Southern Florida. We will highlight the many opportunities to engage the public in their research and conservation. The booth’s interactive displays will “bait in” fans to learn about non-invasive methods of studying prey assemblages that give insight into ecosystem dynamics and isolate important habitat. Last but not least, guests will be able to get hands on with working up a (model) shark in a companion of speed to see if they have what it takes to best the Shark Lab crew. Our Individual Impact would be to recommend guests avoid companies that use shark parts such as squalene or shark cartilage in their products. To spot shark friendly alternatives they can keep an eye out for phrases like “vegan squalene,” “vegetable based,” or “100% plant derived.” L’Oréal and Unilever are a few shark friendly options.
WHO? – Bay-Drift is a community-wide citizen science study seeking to understand how ocean currents transport marine debris, oil, and other pollutants. The study is led by the CARTHE research group at the University of Miami, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, and Frost Science, with support from a dozen other organizations and thousands of volunteer #trashdetectives passionate about discovering the mystery of marine debris.
WHO? – The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Bicayne Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to environmental education and the encouragement of greater citizen participation in the protection of our national environment. The Biscayne Nature Center has been offering outdoor, hands-on, and feet wet environmental education programming in Crandon Park on Key Biscayne for over 25 years. Visitors to the BNC have the opportunity to explore the seagrass, mangrove, coastal hardwood hammock and beach ecosystems, and leave with an appreciation for local wildlife and conservation.
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? – Clean Vibes Trading Post, Inc operates exchange centers at large outdoor events throughout the U.S. The cans and bottles attendees collect become the “currency”, and the more recycling gathered, the more valuable items participants can “purchase.” In addition to recyclables participants can also collect cigarette butts to earn more “currency” while also diverting another stream of event waste. Providing event attendees with immediate rewards enables us to directly engage people in the clean up process, educate them about the importance of recycling and lessening as much of the event’s waste as possible from the landfill!
WHAT? – The Clean Vibes Trading Post will offer one-of-a-kind prizes like artist signed merch and music for concert-goers who exchange their trash for prizes.
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.
WHAT? – Our SEFCRI booth highlights a few of our high priority programs that we are currently working on that highly involve the community and the local coral reefs. Through visual displays, informative media and engaging activities, we strive to interact and inform Tortuga Music Festival attendees about the local coral reefs and the SEFCRI and the FDEP Coral Reef Conservation Program.
WHO? – The Gills Club harnesses girls’ passion for sharks, nature and the environment by giving them the opportunity to engage in projects focused on making a significant impact on the way sharks are perceived by the public.
WHO? – Founded by the world renowned marine artist, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation funds scientific research and educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment. Programs include shark and billfish tagging and tracking; educational documentary film making; and student educational scholarships.
WHAT? – The GHOF booth will consist of a mural painting and photo-op with a large mako shark mount. The ‘Individual Impact’ on concert attendees will be their ability to paint their own, personal message of ocean conservation. The shark mount photo-op allows attendees to have a unique take-away from Conservation Village that will likely be posted and shared via social media. We will also be distributing information about sustainable seafood and other ocean conservation literature.
WHO? – The International Game Fish Association (IGFA), is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping, and recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the field of angling.
WHAT? – Our booth/display will focus on the conservation of fishes and the importance of ethical angling especially because Florida is known as the fishing capital of the world. We will have an interactive conservation wheel for guests to spin and depending on where they land, they will either need to answer a question, perform an activity (such as tie a proper fishing knot or de-hook a fish), or hear a fact. Each section will focus on the 5 Core Issues, how each relates back to the angling world, and will ask how the individual could help. For example, if they land on the section with a sea turtle, the individual could suggest that he/she could wear polarized sunglasses when they take their fishing boat on the ocean to reduce glare making it better to see any sea turtles in their path.
WHO? – The mission of Loggerhead Marinelife Center is to promote the conservation of Florida’s coastal ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. Our vision is to be recognized locally and internationally as the leading authority in sea turtle education, research, and rehabilitation.
WHO? – NSU Oceanographic Center operates the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program in partnership with Broward County government. The program provides for the conservation of endangered and threatened sea turtle species within Broward County. While 70% of the nation’s sea turtle nesting occurs in Florida, Broward County serves as a normal nesting area of three specific species of sea turtles: the loggerhead sea turtle is listed as threatened; and the green and leatherback sea turtle, which are listed as endangered and critically endangered, respectively. By monitoring nests and creating public awareness, the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program(BCSTCP)helps protect these fragile creatures. Our core issue addressed in our booth is sea turtle nesting and conservation. Our program monitors 23 miles of beach in Broward County everyday from March 1 – October 31 each year. We monitor all nesting activity, mark nests, excavate after hatching to investigate hatching success. We conduct lighting surveys each month to identify areas of lighting that may disorient adult and hatchling sea turtles away from the ocean. We respond to sea turtle strandings in Broward County (live and dead), and conduct public hatchling releases to teach as many people as possible about the sea turtles right here in their backyard.
WHAT? – We will have a booth featuring the work of the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program. We will have sea turtle shells and skulls on display. We will have informational packets about sea turtle nesting in South Florida, INCLUDING the beach where we are standing J We will have some interactive games like setting up a mock sea turtle stranding for people to learn about some of the things we do.
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 researchers, the public and resource managers to aid in coral reef protection and conservation.
WHAT? – We will have many things on display including a mock-up of our coral nursery trees, coral skeletons, posters’ on the values of coral reefs and how marine debris is damaging (including how much trash we pick up in a day doing reef surveys). We will have a selfie/ picture taking station with props related to corals and the ocean- if they like our facebook page they will receive a sticker or tattoo. We are also going to have a relay obstacle course centered on coral reef monitoring: including measuring corals, matching coral skeletons to their names and answering a trivia question correct. Individual impact items: making them aware of the trash on the reefs and how damaging it is to the corals- be responsible fishermen and women, be responsible boaters, and be responsible beach goers. Making concert goers aware of the importance of coral reefs by teaching them about the reefs we have within 200m of the concert.
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
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.
WHAT? – We will provide background information on fisheries and fisheries bycatch reduction, as well as hands-on opportunities with shark jaws, fishing gear, and research equipment. We will also have a live lionfish on display.
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.
WHAT? – REEF will showcase our work to combat the invasive lionfish, detrimental to coral reefs and native fish populations. Lionfish have voracious appetites, rapid reproduction rate, lack of natural predators, and defensive venomous spines. Interactive activities will include lionfish dissection demonstrations. REEF will also host a lionfish removal game, to introduce the methods and need for regular lionfish removals to conserve native species. Concert fans will “remove lionfish” by trying out a small pole spear in a tub of “fish”. Finally, REEF will inform concert goers on responsible pet and aquarium ownership, as aquarium releases are responsible for the lionfish invasion.
WHO? – Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem. We work to educate the public and advocate toward policy makers to acheive conservation, protection, and restoration of coral reefs.
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? – Through research, education, and conservation, Sea to Shore Alliance works to protect threatened marine species such as manatees, sea turtles, and right whales,and to improve the health and productivity of coatal environemnts for the benefit of the people and marine life.
WHAT? – We will have a couple display boards showing our various projects and current research that our organization participates in, multiple brochures and educational materials, stickers, tees, and a manatee banner. We’ll have a small tv monitor playing a DVD highlighting some of our ongoing projects around the world. Our individual impact action items are: an 8 question sea turtle conservation survey that asks folks what sea turtle-friendly activities they participate in, and for each activity they receive points. If they “earn” enough points, they win a tee shirt or reusable grocery bag to encourage them to continue doing those actions. The other is a marine debris decomposition timeline activity where folks have to put the various trash items in the order by the amount of time it takes for them to decompose.
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.
WHAT? – Guest will have an interactive experience highlighting the plastic pollution and foreign matter ingestion that is often fatal for sea turtles. Folks will be performing mock foreign matter extraction from sea turtle models and identifying the type of plastic and other items sea turtles have been known to ingest due to human activities.
WHO? – The goal of Sharks4Kids is to create the next generation of shark advocates through education, outreach and adventure. We want to empower students to speak up, make a difference and know they can save sharks.
WHAT? – Our booth will have a lot of interactive components for kids and adults. We will include multimedia, crafts and hands on activities. 1 large TV with shark education videos will be playing. We will be handing out coloring/activity packets, 10 ways to save sharks posters and a pledge people can take to save sharks. We will also have a mock shark tagging, shark games, face painting, stickers, shark quiz for kids to get hands on with.
WHO? – Shark Team One plays an important role protecting sharks and ocean ecosystems with their conservation initiatives, partner programs and shark conservation expeditions to local and global destinations where sharks are on the verge of extinction. In response to the rapid decline of shark species around the world, Shark Team One has mobilized a team of conservationists, scientists, divers, filmmakers, photographers, partner organizations, ocean ambassadors and concerned citizens who are fighting to help save sharks and our oceans.
WHAT? – The booth will be an area where the public can learn about the conservation initiatives conducted by Shark Team One in the United States and globally. We will have displays highlighting what the public can do to save sharks and showing human impacts on shark populations. We may also focus on an expedition-based project and have the public try their hand at a mock-up onboard activity. They will be learning about shark ecology, conservation and ecosystems in the process. For the individual impact action we will aim to educate each concert goer and have them choose one issue facing sharks today, then they will join us via a live social media campaign where each person can have an immediate impact on conservation and shark policy.
WHO? – The Surfrider Foundation is a community of everyday people who passionately protect our playground – the ocean, waves, and beaches -that provide us so much enjoyment.
WHO? – The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
WHO? – The Shark Research and Conservation (SRC) at the University of Miami is a non-profit research labratory administered by the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric and Abbes Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy and is directed by Dr. Neil Hammerschlag. In addition to research in predator-prey ecology of large coastal sharks, SRC, through its educational outreach, engages thousands of students in shark tagging expeditions. SRC also attends public outreach events to engage the general public about our mission and why shark conservation is important.
WHAT? – Our display will feature a photo booth, where fans can come and pose with our shark mascot and a variety of shark props. We’ll demonstrate our safe fishing method by bringing along an example of the gear we use, and the workup that we complete on sharks. We’ll be raffling off the opportunity for 2 people to join us on an upcoming shark tagging trip. Finally, we’ll have have two interactive games: (1) a simple obstacle course set up where fans can compete against each other while wearing model hammerhead cephalofoil to demonstrate the difficulties of their extreme adaptations, and (2) a fine motor skill test where fans will have to complete a set of tasks while being deprived of multiple sense (blindfold for vision, oven mitts for a diminished sense of touch), to emulate the impacts that ocean acidification will have on the sensory systems of sharks. Our “Individual Impact” action item will be to bring awareness to fans about the overfishing of many shark populations worldwide; specifically, the ecosystem and human health impacts of consuming shark meat and shark fin soup.
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.
WHAT? – Fans at the RECOVER Consortium booth can look at live mahi eggs and larval fish through microscopes and see first hand the physical impacts of oil exposure. Collected oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill will also be on display as well as informational handouts, mounts of the study’s species, video presentations, and giveaways. Fans also have the opportunity to interact with young scientists from the University of Miami who are performing this important research. We would like visitors to understand the scope of damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and other marine oil spills, as well as the continued effort by scientists to determine how they fully impact fish populations and what we can do to better manage them.
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 staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) populations on Miami’s coral reefs. We provide a unique, hands-on educational experience in coral reef conservation lead by UM researchers in which community members have the opportunity to actively participate in our coral restoration efforts. Our mission is to educate and engage the local community, increase scientific literacy in coastal and coral reef conservation, and foster ocean stewardship.
WHAT? – Our booth will feature a dynamic interactive model of our coral gardening methodology to educate concert-goers about our coral restoration techniques where they will have the opportunity to attach “corals” (i.e. coral skeletons) to mock coral nursery structures and outplant corals to a mock reef habitat. We will have a tank with living staghorn coral so that interested individuals can learn about coral reef ecology and biology as well as observe their feeding behavior. Participants will also be provided with unique Q&A opportunities with our University of Miami coral reef experts on all coral reef related topics. Our “Individual Impact” action item will be centered on reducing their “Coral Reef Footprint” (i.e. carbon footprint) through simple changes to their everyday routine that can help conserve coral reefs. A basic chalk (coral skeleton) and vinegar (ocean) experiment will be used to illustrate how ocean acidification can slowly dissolve coral skeletons, helping individuals to make the connection between their “Coral Reef Footprint” and healthy reefs. People will be encouraged to sign a pledge to become “Reef Smart” and will be rewarded with Rescue A Reef memorabilia.
WHO? – We are a masters program at the marine and atmospheric campus of the University of Miami that gives students the opportunity to earn a masters degree while getting hands on experience in the job-force. We strive to get internships for students that help to get them jobs in the marine and atmospheric sectors.
WHAT? – We will be letting people know about our program and what the University of Miami Marine and Atmospheric Science campus can do for students and community members. We would love an opportunity to talk with people about internships and about the program to help get students to come to the institution.
WHO? – WildlifeVOICE is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving voice to the plight of the planet’s wildlife. Through direct action and outreach with partner organizations, we speak the story of man’s impact on the planet.
WHAT? – Educational videos and books on shark conservation and how each person can have an impact to reduce the demand worldwid for shark products.
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WHO? – We are a small family owned and operated Italian restaurant. We focus on an intimate fine dining experience, ensuring you will feel our hands on and passionate approach to authentic Italian dining. From excellent personal service to delicious food and wine pairings, it will prove to be a memorable evening at Piccolo Ristorante.
WHO? – The Sea Delight Ocean Fund, Inc. supports global fishery improvement projects and better fishing practice intiatives, creates and promotes awareness for responsible fishing practices and adequate management of the fishery, minimizes the impact of bycatch and human activity on the environment; and educates the public on the need to support these programs in order to protect marine resources.