A message from COCO Advisory Board Chair, Jenifer Atkinson

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The resounding “Hurrah!” from our advisory board members after four hours of passionate brainstorming over the future of COCO confirmed our progress.  COCO refined its vision and mission to help us more effectively protect our ocean at its source – a mile high: Vision: To inspire an inland community to be stewards of our ocean. Mission: Leading a community of individuals to understand our connection to the ocean, unite through shared conservation values, and advocate […]

Green.Beer.Fest: a chance to celebrate craft beer and clean water!

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Coming from New Hampshire, I was familiar with a slogan from the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) that said “Clean Water, Tasty Beer.” Many local breweries were on board and used this slogan to promote advocacy for clean water. When I came to Colorado, I was excited to see this same attitude applied in many local breweries. On September 27th, 2014, Green.Beer.Fest kicked off its second year. This fest is a “day long Colorado craft […]

Bringing the Beach to Colorado…

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You might be wondering why there is an “Ocean Coalition” in Colorado, and furthermore why they are spouting out newly trained “Ocean Ambassadors” armed with the knowledge and skills to go out into the community to address “ocean issues.” I know that sea level rise is problem, but Colorado isn’t exactly ocean-front property yet…

Fabien Cousteau to Keynote Making WAVES 2013

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Keynote Speaker Fabien Cousteau to Address Boulder Community at 3rd annual Ocean Symposium and Film Festival Colorado organization mobilizes grassroots ‘inland ocean movement’ to protect the Earth’s oceans Boulder, CO—Fabien Cousteau, aquatic filmmaker, oceanographic explorer and grandson of the noted oceanographic explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, will present opening remarks at Making WAVES 2013 taking place September 20-22, 2013 in Boulder, CO. This weekend-long Ocean Symposium, Mile-High Blue Exposition and Ocean Film Festival is hosted by the […]

CO2: silent enemy of the ocean

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By Synte Peacock Our early 21st century lives are completely dependent on fossil fuels. We are currently burning so much coal, oil and gas on the planet that we are adding some 32 billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each year. About half of this carbon dioxide stays put in the atmosphere, causing all manner of problems as it slowly warms the planet. The rest is taken up by photosynthesis on land, or absorbed […]

Marine Networks- from Colorado to Fiji

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By Vicki Nichols Goldstein, Colorado Ocean Coalition Founder When Richard Akhtar from the Matava Eco Resort  on Kundava Island in Fiji donated a week diving trip to the 2012 Making WAVES Gala, I never thought my husband, Bruce, a CU Professor, would be the winning bidder.  This kick-started a collaborative research project with an eye towards learning about Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) by developing partnerships with conservationists and researchers in the South Pacific. The LMMA […]

There’s Waves in Them Hills! Making Waves in Colorado

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I stood dripping wet, surfboard under arm, barefoot on rocks. I had never seen so much water coming at me so fast. I have spent my life in the ocean, but this was crazy. The Snake River was running full throttle and the Lunch Counter rapid, so named because that’s where boaters eat it, looked angry. I studied the standing wave. How strange to ride a wave that doesn’t move! There were some local guys […]

Making Waves: An inland ocean movement is growing in Colorado

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Our oceans are in trouble, and everyone can help them recover. We are all connected to the oceans, from the oxygen we breathe to the water we drink. That’s what I keep reminding myself since moving to Denver after graduate studies in Rhode Island (the “Ocean State”) and my childhood along the California coast. Even in landlocked states like Colorado, choices we make every day can help marine life – particularly in terms of sustainable […]

Introducing the Colorado Ocean Coaltion

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The Colorado Ocean Coalition…what? That doesn’t make sense. Did the Colorado River become the sixth ocean? Don’t worry you haven’t missed anything, the Colorado River is still a river. And while hearing the name Colorado Ocean Coalition for the first time might throw you for loop, the reality is an inland based ocean organization makes perfect sense. Living along the coast isn’t a requirement for caring about our oceans. In fact, it doesn’t matter where […]

Sustainable Seafood: Fish for the Future by COCO

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Sustainable Seafood: Fish for the Future The Ocean serves many purposes. It regulates our climate, provides us with recreational opportunities, is the major source of the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat. However, our oceans are in serious trouble.   The global catch of wild fish leveled out 15 years ago and since then 85 percent of the world’s fisheries are either declining or being harvested at capacity. Demand for fish is also […]