The Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO) was founded in 2011, with a vision to inspire an inland community to be stewards of our ocean.
COCO’s mission is to lead a community of individuals to understand our connection to the ocean, unite through shared conservation values, and advocate and celebrate actions that promote a healthy ocean.
Until now, there has never been a unified voice for ocean protection in the Mountain States. As NOAA’s official and only inland ocean partner, the Colorado Ocean Coalition believes that you don’t have to be near the ocean to care about it. Our complex global economy and the interconnectedness of ecological systems mean that the actions we take in the mountains impact the health of the sea. These actions include eating seafood, using plastics, driving cars and sharing environmental ethics with our family and friends. We live on an ocean planet and the choices we make in the middle of the country have direct ties to the seas.