- Every two years Blue Vision Summits bring diverse groups and individuals from the marine conservation community together in Washington, D.C. to explore new avenues for solutions to the challenges facing our public seas.
- Summits are attended by individuals and organizations that work towards improving ocean conservation efforts from a variety of approaches including education, restoration, science, business and policy.
- The Summits provide a unique opportunity for community members to learn from one another and often result in new collaborations.
- Summits attract and bridge the gaps between citizens, activists, organizations and elected officials.
- Each Summit includes a visit to Capitol Hill where participants visit the offices of Congress members and convey their support for healthy oceans.
- It’s critical that we come together as a movement and a growing constituency of marine conservationists, businesses, scientists, recreational users, youth and others to turn the tide for our public seas.
- May 9-11, 2017 – Now forming, click on “Colorado/Inland States Delegation” tab above for more info
- May 2015 – Over 500 people attended. COCO had over 20 people representing the Inland States. Read more about it here.
- May 2013: 2013 was the most successful Healthy Ocean Hill Day to date on May 15, 2013 during the last Blue Vision Summit. We had delegations from 21 states in over 100 meetings not only with House and Senate staffers but also direct meetings with 7 Senators and 16 House members. Among our efforts we advocated for passage of IUU Pirate Fishing Treaties in all our senate meetings. Months later the Senate voted unanimously to ratify them. Colorado came in behind California with the second largest state delegation at 21 individuals.
- May 2011: Over 400 attendees from around the country came to Washington, D.C. Focused on enactment and enforcement of national ocean policy, addressing climate change impacts and Gulf restoration. COCO attended with the first Colorado Delegation.
- March 2009: 400 people form 250 different organizations came to Washington, D.C. Speakers included: Dr. Roger Payne (Keynote Speaker), Dr. Sylvia Earle, Nancy Sutley (CEQ Director), Representative Sam Farr, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Mike Chrisman (CA Secretary of Resources), Marine Artist Wyland, Bill McKibben, Jim Toomey, David Helvarg, David Guggenheim, Thomas Lovejoy, Carl Safina, Philippe Cousteau.
- July 2004: 250 marine advocates from 23 states came to Washington, D.C. Speakers included ocean advocates Peter Benchley, Philippe Cousteau, Representative Sam Farr, and Ralph Nader.
This past spring some 500 people from local, regional and national groups including scientists, explorers and others attended the Summit that included a Healthy Ocean citizen lobby on Capitol Hill and was immediately followed by the 8th annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards (PBOA). The Benchleys, called ‘The Academy Awards of the Sea, recognized leaders from many walks of life finding solutions to the threats facing our blue world. While November’s elections may mean two more years of Congressional inaction on critical ocean issues the good news is over 50 of 56 ocean friendly candidates, endorsed by Ocean Champions and local seaweed groups, won their races. This is an indication that protecting our ocean, coastlines and the communities that depend on them is more a local than a partisan issue. Now its time to scale up that local stoke. 2015 Blue Vision themes included responding to the impacts from climate change, overfishing, offshore oil and plastic pollution as well as, with students and youth, working to make sure that healthy public seas and the healthy economies and communities they support (both human and wild) become a national public policy priority by the 2016 Presidential Elections. Those attending BVS5 and the PBOA8 included: Prince Albert II of Monaco, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO), Vicki N. Goldstein, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft, Coast Guard Vice-Commandant Admiral Peter Neffenger, NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathy Sullivan, NOAA Marine Sanctuaries Director Dan Basta, Rep. Sam Farr, Ralph Nader, Senator Brian Schatz (invited), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (invited), Legal Sea Foods CEO Roger Berkowitz, National Aquarium CEO John Racanelli, Fabien Cousteau, Celine Cousteau, Wyland, Wendy Benchley, Enric Sala, J. Wallace Nichols, David Doubillet, Louie Psihoyos, Don Walsh, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Nigella Hillgarth, Chad Nelson, a 90-foot inflatable Blue Whale, and all of you Blue Vision Summit (BVS 5) was May 11-14 2015 in Washington D.C. Our spring offensive for the seas included strategy and networking sessions on key issues, a Healthy Ocean Hill Day on May 13 followed by the 8thannual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards on the 14th. Read more about it here. BVS5 Website BVS5 Agenda BVS5 Registration
About COCO’s Inland Ocean Delegation
COCO and the Blue Vision Summit Many that attend the Blue Vision Summit come together by the state they represent to form a delegation to speak with their congressional leaders. Colorado had the second largest delegation of any state to attend the 2013 & 2015 Blue Vision Summit. We greatly surprised our Colorado representatives by showing the state’s increasing interest in the health of the ocean although we are land-locked. With COCO’s launching of the Ocean Ambassadors, Ocean Rangers, Blue the Dive, the Watershed Community Initiative, and ever-growing awareness throughout the west, COCO is set to bring a greater number of Inland Ocean Advocates to the 2017 Blue Vision Summit. This is a great opportunity to meet ocean experts and advocates from around the country and attend presentations regarding current ocean issues and solutions. Be part of our delegation and attend the Blue Vision Summit with COCO!
We are forming the Inland Ocean Delegation for the 2017 Blue Vision Summit.
To join our delegation or if you have questions, please contact Danielle Duncan at: email@example.com
Please use the Word Document below to enter your information in order to stay informed about attending the Blue Vision Summit. We will communicate with you regarding travel arrangements and lodging. We hope you can join us.
Danielle DuBose Duncan – COCO and Midwest Blue Vision Summit Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org