Tortuga Music Festival

Headliners Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw Along With Kelsea Ballerini, HARDY, Jon Pardi, Pitbull, Vanilla Ice And More Set To Perform, While Helping To Raise Awareness For Ocean Conservation Efforts In Ft. Lauderdale, FL April 17-19

Over Half A Million Dollars Was Raised Last Year For Rock The Ocean’s Foundation
Nashville, TN – March 4, 2020 – ACM "Festival Of The Year" nominee Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, in partnership with Live Nation, revealed the roster of organizations that will be represented onsite at this year’s CONSERVATION VILLAGE today. Aiming to educate fans on the issues facing the world’s oceans, CONSERVATION VILLAGE is located at the center of the weekend’s festivities to show attendees firsthand how a portion of the proceeds from the event are making a difference on research and conservation efforts. Offering an array of interactive exhibits, CONSERVATION VILLAGE allows fans to engage with the latest scientific learning and technology. 

Each year, the festival strives to build upon CONSERVATION VILLAGE’s five core issues (shark conservation, turtle conservation, marine pollution, overfishing and coral reef degradation) onsite by providing compostable service-ware, enforcing no plastic straws or sales of plastic water bottles, donating all leftover food and providing food that is responsibly caught and farmed. To date, the festival has raised over $2 million, with funds going to the Rock The Ocean’s Foundation to continue protecting the world’s oceans. Throughout the weekend, fans can interact with over 26 organizations that have been invited to share their expertise and efforts onsite. To find out more about each organization this year, visit:

Partnering with Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and the Conservation, Movement and Ecosystem Dynamics Lab at NSU, Rock The Ocean also announced its second annual Sea Turtle Derby, an interactive sea turtle race, kicking off today. Festival attendees can select a turtle to root for in the #RaceToTortuga at Here, they can cheer on a turtle to travel the furthest distance, as each is equipped with special satellite tracking tags that allows scientific data to be collected and to track each turtle’s movements. To help bring awareness, Miranda Lambert, Jon Pardi, Cole Swindell, Billy Currington, Gabby Barrett, and Niko Moon will have turtles named after them in this year’s race, with the winner declared on Wednesday, April 8. Every fan who enters the race will be eligible to win two, three-day general admission passes. Anyone can help support the interactive derby by making a donation towards sea turtle research and conservation.

The "one-of-a-kind festival experience" (iHeartRadio) was just named as a nominee for ACM "Festival Of The Year." The nomination follows seven years of "fans from all over the world traveling to enjoy the sun-soaked festivities" (MusicRow). Praised by Coastal Living as always "packing a serious punch of superstar performers every year,” fans will be able to take in the sun and sand as they enjoy their favorite music following the announcement that headliners Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, and Tim McGraw will perform alongside Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Barenaked Ladies, Gabby Barrett, Lee Brice, Blanco Brown, Billy Currington, Jordan Davis, Gone West ft. Colbie Caillat, Riley Green, Caylee Hammack, HARDY, Hirie, Chris Lane, Jon Pardi, Jon Langston, LOCASH, Pitbull, Runaway June, Cole Swindell, Toots and the Maytals, Vanilla Ice and Morgan Wallen at the three-day weekend (April 17-19) in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Passes are available now at: TortugaMusicFestival.comFans can read more information on Rock The Ocean’s CONSERVATION VILLAGE’s five core issues at

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Green Sea Turtle Habitat Threatened by Sea-level Rise, Plastic Pollution, Warming

Lawsuit Launched to Protect Green Sea Turtle Habitat Threatened by Sea-level Rise, Plastic Pollution, Warming

August 13, 2019

Jaclyn Lopez, (727) 490-9190, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Todd Steiner, (415) 488-7652, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Richard Whitecloud, (954) 770-2344, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lawsuit Launched to Protect Green Sea Turtle Habitat Threatened by Sea-level Rise, Plastic Pollution, Warming

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Sea Turtle Oversight Protection and Turtle Island Restoration Network today filed a notice of intent to sue the federal government for failing to protect green sea turtle habitat, which faces threats from sea-level rise, plastic pollution and warming.

In response to green sea turtle population recovery, the National Marine Fisheries Service and Fish and Wildlife Service in 2016 found that growing climate change and sea-level-rise threats mean the turtles remain threatened and still need Endangered Species Act protections. Despite those threats — particularly to low-lying nesting beaches — the agencies failed to protect the turtle’s critical habitat under the Act.

“The recovery of most green sea turtle populations is a beacon of hope in our changing oceans, but we’ve got to protect the places they live,” said Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Protecting sea turtle habitat will keep them crossing oceans and loyally coming ashore to dig nests on our beaches.”

“The Trump administration’s moral and legal attacks on our country’s greatest achievements extend all the way to the gentle and defenseless sea turtles that are guaranteed protection under the Endangered Species Act,” said Todd Steiner, biologist and executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network. “It is unconscionable.”

A 2019 peer-reviewed study by Center scientists found most marine species listed under the Endangered Species Act are recovering. Listed species with critical habitat protections and those listed for more than 20 years are most likely to be rebounding.

“Coastal nesting beaches are losing suitable nesting habitat due to sea level rise, as well as increased temperatures, which further jeopardizes the survival of green sea turtle,” said Richard Whitecloud, founding director of STOP. “It is the government’s responsibility to protect this essential habitat to ensure these marine turtles survive.”

Federal experts have found that green sea turtles should be considered 11 distinct populations, or “distinct population segments.” Although some sea turtle populations are improving significantly due to the protections of the Endangered Species Act, like those in Florida, several populations continue to struggle. The Mediterranean, Central South Pacific and Central West Pacific populations remain in danger of extinction and remain listed as “endangered.”

The Endangered Species Act prohibits federal agencies from authorizing activities that will destroy or harm a listed species’ critical habitat. Animals with federally protected critical habitat are more than twice as likely to be recovering as species without it.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

Turtle Island Restoration Network is a global nonprofit whose mission is to inspire and mobilize people around the world to protect marine biodiversity and the oceans that sustain all life on Earth.

Sea Turtle Oversight Protection is a non-profit sea turtle conservation organization made up of local volunteers who conduct nighttime nest surveys and monitoring to rescue and release disoriented sea turtle hatchlings in Broward County, Florida.


Notice of Intent to Sue – Green Sea Turtle – Failure to Designate Critical Habitat

Final Rule To List Eleven Distinct Population Segments of the Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) as Endangered or Threatened and Revision of Current Listings Under the Endangered Species Act

Study: 77 Percent of Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles Recovering Under Endangered Species Act

The Effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act: A Quantitative Analysis

Name the 1st Leatherback hatchling of 2019

Let the bidding begin!
STOP volunteers will start monitoring the first leatherback nest of the season and will be naming the turtles that emerge from the nest disoriented.
THIS IS YOUR CHANCE to name the first documented Leatherback sea turtle hatchling of the season!
Bidding Starts...NOW!
Bidding starts at $15. You may bid as many times as you like.
Bids are to be in $5 minimum increments.
Write your name and bid amount in the comments on the facebook post
Example bid:
Name: Squirt
Bid: $20
Name: Princess Peach
Bid: $25
Happy Bidding!

Give Back to the Turtles at Bona Italian Restaurant

What is STOP? STOP is a non-profit sea turtle conservation organization made up of local volunteers who conduct nighttime nest surveys and monitoring to rescue and release disoriented sea turtle hatchlings in Broward County, Florida.

The program has reduced the hatchling mortality rate by over 50% in Broward County. Our FWCC certified nighttime survey volunteers monitor sea turtle nests and count the number of hatchlings that emerge. Hatchlings that go east to the ocean are left alone. Hatchlings that disorient to lights are documented and recovered in buckets. Rescued hatchlings are released into the sea or taken to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. We record the data with mobile devices in real-time using the FORMS app from Device Magic and publish the results on an interactive map as a public service. Since 2007, STOP volunteers have bucketed over 240,000 hatchlings that disoriented to lights on Broward County beaches.

For more information visit:

Hands Across The Sand

It’s time to get trashed again with Surfrider Broward & Sun of a Beach Cleanup! Let’s clean the beach then join hands in solidarity against offshore drilling! Together we can prove how much we love this beautiful place we call home! We all deserve clean water & healthy beaches. Protect what you love! 

We will meeting at the Jetty pavilion. It’s at the north end of the park by Port Everglades & across from the NSU campus. Don’t forget to mention you are attending the cleanup for free admission to the park.

At 10:45 AM we will dump our trash & join hands along the shoreline to show the world our opposition again seismic air gun testing & oil drill off our coasts!

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This will be our fourth year offering the very successful Citizen’s Scientist Program. You are eligible to participate in this program with the purchase of a one-year membership. The program is unlike any other marine conservation program!  If you love the environment and would like to work hands-on in the conservation of an endangered species and their habitats then you need to take a look at our program and/or share this with someone who fits this criteria. You don't have to be a Ph.D. Biologist or a Government Official! You just have to be an active member of our organization!
Spend 6 nights side by side with our rescue staff and experience what it’s like to be on the front lines of conservation of an endangered species! Our guests observe firsthand the perils hatchlings face on their critical journey to find the ocean. Life for sea turtles on a heavily urbanized nesting beach requires multiple conservation strategies. Unfortunately, that will always involve some form of regulated human interaction to aid in their population maintenance and possible population recovery.
Our rescue program plays a vital role in the conservation strategy for the Broward County sea turtle population recovery. We have saved the lives of over 240,000 sea turtle hatchlings disoriented away from the ocean by urban lighting. This remarkable accomplishment is attributed to being at the right place at the right time. The methodology is consistent because of how we deploy customized real-time data analysis.
For further information or questions, please call the Hotline @ 954-404-0025 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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