In 2013, during the 4th Blue Vision Summit activists held the largest Ocean Hill Day in history, a citizens lobby from 21 states that included over 100 meetings with Senators, House members and their staffs to advocate for getting the National Ocean Policy underway.
Over the years, BFC has worked with a broad network of these marine grassroots organizations and individuals – what we call Seaweed Rebels – to disseminate information at local, regional, and national levels. There are now some 2,000 blue groups working on ocean and coastal conservation but still largely operating in isolation, and with little coordinated effort. BFC focuses on networking and promoting the common works needed among these groups.
Vital to achieving our goals is the coordination and expansion of our Seaweed base. The Blue Vision Summits are now established forums that have helped increase outreach to marine conservation groups, coastal communities, recreational ocean users, maritime workers, coastal tribes, public health advocates, marine science centers, elected officials and other potential constituents and allies.
2009 BLUE VISION SUMMIT VIDEO
“It was a terrific experience for me to attend the event and hear about the good work being done to raise awareness about threats to the ocean.”
“We came away with tons of information, new friends, contacts, and warm memories”
“We need to keep the connections going here – you have really sparked something good.”
“I especially appreciated the communication and arts components – we need to
workshop how to beach reach the public as much as we can.”
“Bringing together great people to think about how we can create the vision.”
” We made many new connections…and look forward to keeping
in touch with our new friends, and perhaps find ways to work together.”
“If you’re concerned about our oceans and coasts – and the money and jobs that rely on them – we’d love for you to join us in calling on Congress to acknowledge how important our seas really are to the country and planet.”