(December 15, 2017) Blue Ocean Network is just back from DEMA Show 2017. BON is a member of DEMA and has sent credentialed media representatives to the show since 2009. The annual Diving Equipment and Marketing Association Show is where the scuba diving, marine conservation and marine tourism industries come together to talk shop, do deals and learn more.
In the past ten years, we’ve seen a surprising increase in the number of marine conservation ngo’s participating at the DEMA Show and even more businesses starting up their own foundations.
Here are our favorites for the top five conservation organizations that exhibited at DEMA Show 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida:
1. Force BLUE
Their mission is simple. Help vets. Help the planet. These retired special ops veterans have taken on the fight to save coral reefs, and their work is awesome. Are you a vet? Learn how to get involved at forceblueteam.org.
Reef—you are a conservationist’s dream—a perfection of science, policy, research, and education they are spreading their work around the world.
Offering stellar internships to recent graduates all the way to renowned scholars, REEF is making a difference. Check out their research projects, calendar of events and other resources at www.reef.org.
3. Fins Attached
Fins Attached has exponentially grown in their recognition as a conservation leader through various efforts leading to research development and policy change. Fins Attached recently acquired and remodeled a Japanese fishing vessel into a state of the art research vessel Sharkwater, named for the late conservation advocate and filmmaker Rob Stewart (who appeared in Summit 2015). To join science expeditions to remote locations in the eastern tropical pacific onboard the beautiful Sharkwater visit FinsAttached.org
4. Shark Angels
These dedicated and stylish individuals are on a mission to save sharks. Using the power of grassroots initiatives these angels are working towards educating our youth and advocating various campaigns in the support of shark and ocean conservation.
Adopt a shark or buy a shirt to help their efforts at sharkangels.org
Oceana is the largest international ocean-conservation advocacy organization in the world. Currently, their main campaigns focus on responsible fishing, seafood fraud, plastic pollution, and offshore drilling. Want to take part in a science-based expedition or learn more about their advocacy? Learn more at www.oceana.org.
We know there are many excellent conservation missions out there, but only a few had booths at DEMA Show 2017. We applaud you all for your work!
DEMA is a non-profit trade association based in San Diego, California, representing the business and consumer interests of the recreational scuba and snorkel diving industries all over the world. DEMA’s mission is to bring businesses together to grow the diving industry worldwide. Protecting our marine environments is an issue about which diving businesses around the country can and do come together. For more information visit DEMA and the DEMA Show.
By Laurie Wilson, Blue Ocean Network
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