What is FCOC?
The Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition is a group of organizations working together to conserve, protect and restore Florida’s coastal and marine environment. The Coalition emphasizes the implementation of an eco-system based approach to coastal and ocean management, as well as recognition of the important linkage between the health of Florida’s economy and the health of its beaches and dunes, coral reefs, mangroves, sea grasses, wetlands and other natural resources. The Coalition calls on Florida’s Governor, State Agencies, Cabinet, and Legislature for action and leadership to achieve the goal of healthy ocean and coastal eco-systems.
To promote state and, when appropriate, federal action to curb unwise coastal development and protect coastal and marine habitats, implement and enforce coastal and ocean pollution laws, protect marine ecosystems, ensure robust and plentiful fisheries and marine species, reduce global warming pollution, and strengthen coastal and ocean governance in Florida.
The Coalition Steering Committee is made up of representatives of the following organizations: Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1000 Friends of Florida, Sea Turtle Conservancy, Surfrider Foundation and The Nature Conservancy. Ray Judah is the coalition coordinator.
Sea Turtle Conservancy, founded in 1959 by Dr. Archie Carr and based in Florida, is the oldest sea turtle conservation organization in the world. It is dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles through research, training, advocacy, education and protection of habitats. Visit us: www.conserveturtles.org
Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people through conservation, activism, research and education. Represented by over 50,000 members and 64 chapters in the U.S., Surfrider Foundation also has affiliations in Australia, Japan, France, and Brazil. Visit us: www.surfrider.org
1000 Friends of Florida is a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to help build better communities and save special places. We envision a Florida with vibrant cities and towns, thriving and livable neighborhoods and an outstanding quality of life. Visit us at: www.1000friendsofflorida.org
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida was founded in 1964 and is dedicated to protecting Florida’s unique natural environment (water, land, wildlife) and quality of life in the region, now and forever. Visit us at Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Oceana is an international non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and revitalizing the world’s oceans. Our teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to reduce pollution and to prevent the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life. Oceana has campaigners based in North America, Europe and South America. More than 550,000 members and e-activists in over 150 countries have already joined Oceana. Visit us at: http://oceana.org
The Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition expresses its gratitude and appreciation to the Geraldine F. Martin Foundation and Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation. Their generous support has enabled the Coalition to carry out its work for the protection of the saltier and sandier sides of Florida.