[Coral-List] Blue Vision Conference Announcement

DeeVon Quirolo deevon at bellsouth.net
Thu May 20 14:12:28 EDT 2004

>>Hello Coral Listers:  Please consider this an invitation for you to 
>>attend a conference set for July 11--13 in Washington DC to organize 
>>ocean activists.  I hope that some of you will be interested in 
>>attending.  I am on the board of directors of the conference organizer, a 
>>new ngo called Blue Frontier, and am interested in seeing local 
>>community-based groups take this opportunity to network and learn how to 
>>help build a stronger constituency for protecting our coral reefs and 
>>oceans.  The attendants at this conference will provide recommendations 
>>for successfully implementing the recently-released Ocean Policy 
>>Commission Report on America's oceans and other strategies.  The 
>>registration is only $100. All the best, DeeVon Quirolo, Executive 
>>Director, Reef Relief
>>JULY 11- 13
>>Fellow Watermen and Waterwomen,
>>         Common Sense Solutions to the cascading disasters now 
>> confronting our seas and coastal communities do exist.  But they need a 
>> social movement to express themselves.
>>         The next step in building a Blue Movement will be to convene the 
>> first-ever national conference of 250-300 leaders and activists from 
>> ocean and coastal citizen groups. This Blue Vision Conference will take 
>> place in Washington DC July 11-13.   Although the lead-time is short, 
>> the window of opportunity to act between the release of the draft 
>> federal oceans commission report on April 20, and the fall presidential 
>> campaign, impels us to act while the bait ball is tight.
>>         The 'Blue Vision' conference will begin unifying various blue 
>> groups as a political constituency while also educating lawmakers on the 
>> need for an American Oceans Act that, like the Clean Air and Clean Water 
>> acts of the last century, can help protect, explore and restore 
>> America's greatest public domain.
>>         Organizations planning to attend include Blue Frontier, The 
>> Ocean Conservancy, Surfrider Foundation, Waterkeepers, Coast Alliance, 
>> NRDC, Clean Beaches Council, Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd, Pacific Coast 
>> Federation of Fishermens Associations, Restore America's Estuaries, 
>> California Coastal Commission, Society for Conservation Biology, 
>> Littoral Society, Clean Ocean Action, Environmental Defense, Legal 
>> Seafoods, Reef Relief, Aquarium of the Pacific, National Aquarium, 
>> National Coalition for Marine Conservation, Santa Monica Baykeeper, San 
>> Diego Bay Council, Seaweb, Metcalf Institute for Marine and 
>> Environmental Reporting, US PIRG, Assateague Coastal Trust, Gulf 
>> Restoration Network, Marine Fish Conservation Network, Pacific 
>> Environment, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Turtle Island 
>> Restoration Network, Oceana, Cook Inlet Keeper, Hawaii Audubon Society, 
>> Save Our Shores, Project AWARE, Florida Oceanographic Society, and 
>> perhaps you.
>>For more information including the Conference Registration, Agenda, and 
>>reservation information for Jury's Hotel check out the Conference website 
>>at Bluevizmeet.com.   Or contact David Helvarg at Blue Frontier Campaign 
>>Helvarg at bluefront.org (202) 387-8030, Dawn Hamilton at Coast Alliance 
>>dhamilton at coastalliance.org (202) 546-9554 or Reef Relief's DeeVon 
>>Quirolo at info at reefrelief.org.

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