Blue Vision Summits bring ocean conservation leaders together every two years to network, build the blue movement and meet with the Administration and Congress to restore the blue in our red, white and blue. This spring people from local, regional and national groups as well as scientists, explorers and others will attend the 7th biannual Summit that will include a Healthy Ocean citizen lobby on Capitol Hill. The events will be immediately followed by the 10th annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards (PBOA). Called ‘The Academy Awards of the Sea, the Benchleys recognize leaders from many walks of life finding solutions to the threats facing our blue world.
The 2017 Summit will be the most important to date given the current political climate. The event will take place shortly after our new President is elected and ensuring they understand and respond to key marine issues early in their term is vital.