Offering an arena ofÂ exhibits, Conservation Village also allows attendees to experience games, interactive touch tanks, cooking exhibitions and the latest ocean technology, with this yearâ€™s theme striving to #ChangeTheTide.Â Anticipation for the three-day, two-stage festival continues to heighten following the news that Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Snoop Dogg, Dwight Yoakam, Shaggy, Kip Moore and more will perform across theÂ weekend. Single-Day and Three-Day passes are available now atÂ tortugamusicfestival.com.
CONSERVATION VILLAGE: FIVE CORE ISSUES
Turtle Conservation:Â The festival takes cues from its namesake (Tortuga is Spanish for turtle), working to protect sea turtles that nest annually along South Floridaâ€™s Atlantic seaboard. It is estimated that 1% of sea turtle hatchlingsÂ survive to maturity, due in large part to human impact in the ocean and on nesting beaches. Dimming beachfront lighting, protecting nesting sites, and educating the public on responsible boating are some of the many ways toÂ help combat the problem. All 6 sea turtle species found in the US are protected by the Endangered Species Act.
Shark Conservation:Â Sharks are a crucial part of the oceanâ€™s ecosystem and are even helping researchers to develop better medical procedures and devices for humans. Up to 100 million sharks are killed by humans each year;Â largely in part to meet the demand for shark fin soup. Sharks are an apex predator (similar to a lion in Africa) and regulate the populations of species below them in the food chain. Massive depletion of sharks has cascadingÂ effects on the ocean’s ecosystem.Â Yet, irresponsible fishing practices and a slow re-population rate have resulted in 64 species of sharks being listed as endangered and put 1/3 of all oceanic shark species at risk of extinction.
Coral Reef Degradation:Â The world’s coral reefs are vital to the health of the ocean.Â Pollution, over-fishing and the introduction of invasive species like the Lionfish has put reefs in peril. Creating awareness on ways to limit thisÂ destruction include educating the public onÂ how to keep coral healthy by using reef-safe sunscreen, learning appropriate locationsÂ to anchor a boat to avoid damaging reefs,Â and educatingÂ divers to look but not touchÂ will helpÂ protect this bountiful ecosystem.
Marine Pollution:Â Approximately 1.4 billion pounds of trash enters the ocean each year. The acceleration of pollution in the ocean over the past few decades is causing vast changes in the ocean’s ecosystem and, as a result,Â marine life are dying. Marine pollution also affects human health due to seafood that is exposed toÂ a toxic soup of chemicals, plastics and other waste and debris.Â 80% of all marine pollution comes from land based sources and soÂ creating awareness of ways to tackle this is key to the cause.
Overfishing:Â Overfishing is defined as removing more fish from the ocean than the population can replace by natural reproduction. As much as 7.3 million tons of by-catch (the unwanted fish and other marine creatures caughtÂ during commercial fishing for a different species) is lost every year. Â Over-fishing and destructive fishing practices means sourcing sustainable seafood is important in avoiding the reality that could otherwise take fish off the menuÂ by 2048.
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