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December 10, 2016 • 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! The 2016 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit will be held on Saturday, December 10,  2016, at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL. In conjuction with the Summit, the 2016 Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival will be held the evening of December 9. 

Stay tuned for complete event details and registration information and check out the details from last year's event below:

2015 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit program  (includes complete workshop descriptions)

2015 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Schedule

2015 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Lodging Options

2015 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Sponsorship Form

2015 Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival - Friday, November 13
Mote Marine Laboratory WAVE Center

Join special guests, young ocean conservation leaders, and members of your community to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit program at the 2015 Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival. This special evening will feature a screening of the award-winning film Shark Girl. Shark Girl shares the inspiring story photo Shark Girl Film 2_zpsky7hiyki.jpg of twenty-one year old Madison Stewart who has made it her life mission to protect sharks and their ocean home. The film goes inside Madison’s underwater world, following her journey from Australia to Mexico, Palau and the Bahamas, where her extraordinary relationship with these wild animals unfolds. Madison reveals how sharks are vital to the health of our oceans. If they are endangered, so is the entire underwater ecosystem. Her journey is a powerful wake-up call and a moving record of one determined young woman devoted to protect the animal and underwater ecosystem she loves so much.
Come be inspired by the work of young conservation leaders through a showcase of student driven ocean conservation projects and films and meet young people making a difference to protect our blue planet!
The event will also feature a silent auction/raffle fundraiser with marine themed artwork and other items. Proceeds will support the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit program. Admission to this event is free, however due to limited seating please RSVP using the form below.

Comunity Ocean Conservation Film Festival Registration Form

Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival Flyer

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

Thanks to our 2015 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Sponsors!

National Presenting Partners

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

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