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November 14 2015 • Mote Marine Laboratory • Sarasota,FL
Empowering the next generation of ocean conservationists!
Around the world, our ocean and its 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.

Save the date - our 5th anniversary Youth Ocean Conservation Summit will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL!

Check back soon for complete details and registration information! 

2015 Youth Ocean Conservation Film CompetitionYouth Ocean Conservation Summit

The Youth Ocean Conservation Film competition provides students in grades preschool through college 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 November 13 at Mote Marine Laboratory! 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

Use the links below to view details on the 2014 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit: 
2014 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Program (includes complete workshop descriptions)

2014 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Schedule

Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Accommodation Options

Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Sponsorship Form

2014 Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival
Join us on the evening of Saturday, November 8th for
 photo MissionBlue_zps3f6ee360.jpg the 3rd annual Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival at Mote Marine Laboratory. This event brings together people of all ages for a evening celebrating ocean conservation and exploration. This year's event will feature a screening of Mission Blue, which tells the moving story of Dr. Sylvia Earle and her mission to protect the ocean. The event will also feature a silent aunction/raffle fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting student driven ocean conservation projects planned by participants attending the 2014 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit. Attendees will also get to see a showcase of student created ocean conservation films, projects, and artwork. Admission to the event is free but seating is limited and attendees must RSVP by completing the registration form below. The event will take place in Mote Marine Laboratory's Immersion Cinema at 6:30pm.
2014 Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival registration form

Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival Flyer    

Sarasota Bay Exploration - Sunday, November 9th
Join your fellow Youth O
 photo Guest2_zps0028791e.jpgcean Conservation Summit participants on City Island in Sarasota, FL (where Mote Marine Laboratory is located) from 9:30am-11:30am on Sunday, November 9th to explore Sarasota Bay by kayak and paddleboard and by taking part in a hands on seining and dip netting field excursion to learn more about the marine wildlife that inhabit this ecosystem! Participation in this event is free to all registered Youth Ocean Conservation Summit participants but attendees must complete the below registration form:
Sarasota Bay Exploration registration form


Thanks to our 2014 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Sponsors!

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For more information on the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit contact Sean Russell at

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