Posted by: reefrescue | September 19, 2012

Ocean Stewardship in Southeast Florida Workshop

Strengthening Ocean Stewardship in Southeast Florida and Beyond


September 29 & 30, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Ft.Lauderdale


The Sierra Club is hosting two ocean stewardship workshops September 29 & 30, 2012 at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd;, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (10 am – 4 pm both days)

The workshops are co-sponsored by the Marine Action Team, the Activist Network, and the Broward, Miami, and Loxahatchee Groups. (September 30 meeting is for Sierra Club members (and potential members).)

RSVP here.



Saturday, September 29 —
Strengthening Ocean Stewardship in Southeast Florida and Beyond
Educational workshop on building support for National Ocean Policy Implementation.


For Sierra Club members and other ocean advocates.

Marine Action Team chair Dave Raney will lead the workshop. He recently led a similar workshop in Honolulu, Hawaii. A former resident of Ft. Lauderdale who currently lives in Honolulu, Dave will draw on his experiences in these two widely separated locations as a sub-theme: “A Tale of Two Cities — Ft. Lauderdale and Honolulu.”

The purposes of the workshop are:

  • Acquaint      participants with the National Ocean Policy as it relates to regional,      state, and local planning efforts and opportunities
  • Build political      support for implementation of the National Ocean Policy
  • Encourage      networking among participants on ocean and marine conservation issues in South Florida and beyond, and explore opportunities      for cooperation on implementation of the National Ocean Policy in ways      that strengthen state and local initiatives



9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Registration

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Introductions: John Swingle, Chair, Sierra Club Florida Chapter

Opening Address : Billy Causey, Regional Director of the Southeast Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Region, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

10:30 – Noon: Dave Raney, Chair, Sierra Club Marine Action Team, “Ocean Stewardship in South East Florida and Beyond – A Tale of Two Cities.”
Noon – 1:00 PM: Lunch and viewing of Greenwire production “Ocean Frontiers,” showing how the National Ocean Policy promotes ocean stewardship in various regions of the country, with a focus on Florida, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Panel Presentations and networking on Local and State
Ocean Stewardship Issues. Speakers:

Richard Whitecloud, Sea Turtle Oversight Protection Inc. (S.T.O.P.) – Protecting and restoring sea turtle populations in South Florida.

Dan Clark, Cry of the Water – Actions to preserve and protect BrowardCounty coral reef ecosystems.

Ed Tichenor, Director, Palm Beach County Reef Rescue – Ending ocean outfalls and other threats to coral reefs in South Florida.

Terry Gibson and Cameron Jaggard, Pew Environment Group marine fisheries campaigns in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

Stephen Mahoney, Conservation Chair, Sierra Club Miami Group – Water quality issues in South Florida.

Jon Ullman, Sierra Club – Restoring the Everglades Ecosystem.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Informal networking.

6:00 PM onward: Further networking over drinks and dinner at the Aruba Beach Café, 1 Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

For more information contact: Tanya Tweeton of the Sierra Club Broward Group at (954) 472-3704) or Dave Raney, Sierra Club Marine Action Team, at

RSVP here.


Sunday, September 30 —
Launching a Southeast Florida Marine/Water Quality Campaign Team

For Sierra Club members (and potential members) —

Bringing together members to design and launch a new campaign team focused on ocean stewardship and marine issues.

Activist Network Manager John Barry, from the Club’s national headquarters in San Francisco, will facilitate the Sunday workshop, to guide the process of identifying meaningful goals and the strategies and activities to achieve them. Some potential issues to work on include coral reefs, fisheries management, and water quality. This is your opportunity to shape a new campaign team.



10:00 Introductions — All participants share something of themselves, what they’re working on,

and their vision of a new campaign team

10:30 Preliminary Brainstorm on Goals and Visions — No decisions, just ideas

11:30 Jon Ullman, Everglades Restoration

11:50 Cris Costello, Water Sentinels

12:10 Drew Grande, Coral Reefs

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Define Goals, Vision, Strategy, Plan

“Silent gallery walk” (review and vote on ideas)

Define tentative goals and vision

Identify volunteer roles

Identify activities to attract new people.

Recruit core team

Map out follow up plan.

RSVP here.

For more information contact: John Barry, Activist Network Manager,, (415) 977-5584.



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