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                                                                                     November 16 • Mote Marine Laboratory • Sarasota,FL
 Empowering the next generation of ocean conservationists!

Around the world, our planet’s oceans and their inhabitants face many challenges. As human impacts continuously threaten the health of our marine ecosystems, both locally and globally, it is imperative that we involve youth in a campaign to solve these problems.  

The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit was created to provideYouth Ocean Conservation Summit youth participants of all ages (upper elementary-college) the opportunity to learn from marine scientists and conservationists about the current threats facing marine ecosystems, both locally and globally. This annual event also teaches participants about the ways other youth are currently working to protect marine ecosystems, and then allows them to work with their peers to develop action plans Youth Ocean Conservation Summitfor their own ocean conservation projects. Workshops offered at the summit allow participants to gain the skills necessary to successfully implement conservation projects, teach participants about career opportunities in marine conservation, and expose them to opportunities they can take part in to help protect our planet's oceans and their inhabitants.

The 2013 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit will be held on Saturday, November 16th, at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL! Registration for the 2013 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit is closed. However, we hope you'll join us for our 2013 Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival at Mote Marine Laboratory on Friday, November 15th. Complete details can be found below. To receive updates about the 2014 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, and other opportunities, click  here  and sign-up for our Youth Ocean Conservation Team e-newsletter.

Use the links below to view the full summit details: 
2013 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Schedule 

2013 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Program 

Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Accommodation Options

2013 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Sponsorship Form

In conjunction with this event, the second annual Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival will be held on the evening of Friday, November 15th.

This event will feature a screening of the film Operation: Blue Pride, which tells the moving story of how three severely wounded, combat veterans are fighting to save our oceans and sharks, and in doing so, are saving themselves.
This event will also highlight the work of young people in the field of ocean conservation through a screening of student created ocean conservation short films, and exhibits highlighting youth-driven ocean conservation projects.

Attendees will also have the chance to participate in a silent auction/raffle fundraiser with the chance to bid on marine themed artwork and other items. Proceeds will support youth-driven ocean conservation projects.Tickets to this event are $12 for adults and $6 for youth and can be purchased using the link below.

Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival Flyer

Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival online ticket order form


Ticket proceeds fund mini-grants for youth driven ocean conservation projects planned at the 2013 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit! A portion of proceeds will also benefit Operation: Blue Pride.

2013 Youth Ocean Conservation Film CompetitionYouth Ocean Conservation Summit

The Youth Ocean Conservation Film competition provides students in grades  K-12 with the opportunity to create short films designed to raise awareness about ocean conservation issues. Winning films will be publicly screened at our Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival on Friday, November 15th! View the informational links below for full contest details, rules, and submission instructions. 

Youth Ocean Conservation Film Competition Flyer

Youth Ocean Conservation Film Competition rules and submission instructions 

Youth Ocean Conservation Film Competition Online Entry Form

Click  here  to watch the video recap of the 2012 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit!

Thanks to our 2013 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Sponsors!


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             Mote Scientific Foundation
               Loxahatchee River Center

                    Liquid Art Designs
               Robert Johnson Fine Art

 If you have any questions about this event, contact Sean Russell at

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