Ocean Conservancy invites public to Florida Aquarium for expert panel

Ocean Conservancy invites public to Florida Aquarium for expert panel

A sea turtle in the water at The Florida Aquarium
Photo via The Florida Aquarium

This Wednesday, some of the state’s most respected and influential voices are coming together to share their vision for saving Florida’s water. “Our Bay, Our Future” is a panel and roundtable discussion hosted by Ocean Conservancy on Wednesday, December 7, from 6-9 pm at The Florida Aquarium. Following the panel, enjoy a reception with food and refreshments, as well as an opportunity to explore the aquarium.

Our Bay, Our Future will feature five speakers with various areas of expertise as it pertains to Tampa Bay and the surrounding waterways. This roundtable discussion with local advocacy, science and policy experts will address the biggest issues facing Florida’s water quality, including red tide, harmful algae blooms, and sea level rise. Tickets are free, though registration space is limited.

During the evening, speakers will discuss the environmental problems facing Tampa Bay, outline key solutions, and encourage everyone to leave with their own individual action plans on how they can contribute to making our bay bountiful and life-sustaining for future generations to come.

Help shape the future of Florida’s waters

The exterior of The Florida Aquarium
Photo via Florida Aquarium

The goal of the roundtable is not only to identify problems, but to offer solutions and drive action in the fight to preserve Florida’s waters. The event will be emceed by J.P. Brooker (Director of Florida Conservation, Ocean Conservancy), while the panel discussion will be moderated by Denise Godreau, an Ocean Conservancy Board Member and the Executive-in-Residence for KSL Capital Partners.

During the panel and the audience Q&A, attendees will hear from Savanna Christy (Executive Director, Keep Florida Beautiful), Tom Frazer, Ph.D. (Dean, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida), Kate Hubbard, Ph.D. (Director of FWC Center for Red Tide Research, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute), Debborah Luke, Ph.D. (Senior Vice President of Conservation, The Florida Aquarium), and Captain Dustin Pack (Charter Captain, Fly Tide Charters; Board Member, Tampa Bay Waterkeeper).

The evening begins at 6 pm with the roundtable program and audience Q&A, followed by a meet-and-greet reception at 7:30 pm including food and beverage and an opportunity to explore the aquarium. The event is open to the public.

Ocean Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization that envisions “a healthier ocean, protected by a more just world.” The organization works with partners all over to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges, creating evidence-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.

Learn more at oceanconservancy.org.

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