Rock The Ocean’s Conservation Village is our trademark concept that pairs music and conservation. With Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, we gather 40,000+ music fans on the beach in Fort Lauderdale for an epic music event. We take this opportunity to assemble 30+ top ocean conservation groups that are doing the best work to help save our seas and provide fans with some great conservation concepts on site. Pairing education and entertainment, we provide an “edu-tainment” experience!
Our mission is to deliver a profound and impactful message of ocean and marine conservation to every attendee at Tortuga Music Festival. In 2015, our theme was one of ‘Personal Responsibility’ – What Can You Do To Rock The Ocean? We want each concert-goer to leave our event knowing what he or she, as an individual, can do to make a difference. Ultimately if 40,000+ fans leave knowing what he/she can do as an individual, what a profound, collective impact we will make!
Just a few highlights from past events:
- 30+ Top Conservation Groups
- Fans have been able to check out a live touch tank, a submarine, a turtle ambulance and interactive displays with shark tagging and tracking, lionfish capture, sea turtle rescue simulation, a life-size fishing simulator and more!
- ‘Crush’ The Turtle – a 10′ x 20′ interactive art installation to encourage fans to recycle their cups and bottles
- Clean Vibes Trash Trade Program – Fans collected trash to trade for prizes resulting in over 100,000 lbs of trash being recycled
- Over 5,000 sea oats planted to create a better coastal habitat for sea turtles & other wildlife
- Green Gourmet presented local chefs preparing sustainable seafood selections
Many artists performing at Tortuga Music Festival also join us in Conservation Village to learn about ocean conservation and participate in hands-on activities like planting sea oat dunes to create a better habitat for sea turtles or checking out a submarine used to evaluate & document the changes in our oceans.
Conservation Village is strategically placed at the center of the action at Tortuga Music Festival to encourage fan interaction and education and consists of more than 30 Conservation Partner booths & displays that we hope to be educational, fun, and interactive. Conservation Village Partners host a display representing their organization, educate fans on their mission, allow fans to leave the festival with an “awakened consciousness” of the issues our oceans and marine environments are facing, and most importantly, what they, the fans, can do to make a difference!
Each year, Rock The Ocean strives to include the top ocean & marine conservation groups doing the best work to save our oceans. In 2016, our Conservation Village Partners include:
- Beneath The Waves
- The Billfish Foundation
- Bimini Biological Field Station
- Biscayne National Park
- Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program
- Coral Restoration Foundation
- Clean Vibes Trading Post
- Florida Dept of Environmental Protection Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative
- Florida Fishing Academy
- Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Lionfish Program
- Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Marine Fisheries Management Outreach and Education Subsection
- Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation
- International Game Fish Association (IGFA)
- Loggerhead Marine Life Center
- Marine Science Today
- Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center – Coral Nursery Initiative
- Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center – Kerstetter Fisheries Laboratory
- Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center – Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI)
- Project Baseline
- Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)
- Sea To Shore Alliance
- Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (STOP)
- Sharks 4 Kids
- Shark Team One
- University of Miami Rescue A Reef
- University of Miami Shark Research & Conservation Program
- University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Scince
- Rock The Ocean