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Fabien Cousteau to Keynote Making WAVES 2013

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 Colorado Ocean Coalition and the Colorado Scuba Retailers Association at the University of Colorado at Boulder to engage the local community in a dialogue on some of the most important ocean issues that affect us all. Cousteau’s presentation comes just two months before his notable Mission 31, where he will venture to live under water for 31 days at a depth of 63 feet—taking a 50-year old legacy left by his grandfather Jacques Yves-Cousteau to new depths. Registration to see Cousteau speak is free and is available online at www.coloradoocean.org.

“We are delighted and honored to have Fabien Cousteau share his ocean adventures and insights with us here in Colorado,” says Vicki Nichols Goldstein, Colorado Ocean Coalition’s executive director. “You don’t have to be near the ocean to care about it and to make a difference. From our food choices to our energy use, each of us can make a positive impact.”

The Speakers Symposium on Saturday is free for the public to attend and will address a broad range of issues including eco-tourism, adventure travel, sustainable seafood, and the impacts of energy production on the ocean. The film festival on Sunday will feature a selection of films from the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival. Tickets for the film festival may be purchased in advance for $13 per showing for adults, $7 per showing for youths 12 and under, or $35 for a full-day pass. The full film lineup and tickets are available online at www.coloradoocean.org.

“As a scuba community, we are committed to sustainable travel options and protecting our oceans through responsible diving,” said Ali Miller, president of the CSRA. “It takes us all working together to leave a legacy for the next generation.”

More than 50 dive shops, tour retailers, non-profit organizations and NGOs from around the world will be exhibiting at the Mile-High Blue Expo throughout the weekend. An interactive Youth Area at the event will have a schedule of educational activities for the younger generation of divers and ocean stewards. Participants will have a chance to win prizes from exhibitors during live drawings throughout the weekend.

Friday, September 20

6:30-8:30PM  Making WAVES Blue Drinks (Restaurant 4580)

Saturday, September 21

8:00AM-5:00PM  Mile-High Blue Exposition/Ocean Symposium (CU Boulder)

6:30PM-12:00AM Mermaid Masquerade Ball (Hotel Boulderado)

Sunday, September 22

10:00AM-5:00PM  Mile-High Blue Exposition (CU Boulder)

11:00AM-7:00PM Ocean Film Festival – 3 showings (CU Boulder)

Registration for this free Ocean Speakers Symposium is available online at: www.coloradoocean.org.

About Colorado Ocean Coalition

Colorado Ocean Coalition is a project of The Ocean Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and has a mission to create, unite and empower the Colorado community to promote healthy oceans through education and community engagement. Until now, there has never been a unified voice for ocean protection in the Mountain States. Colorado Ocean Coalition is creating a movement to protect oceans from a mile high. For more information, please visit: www.coloradoocean.org.

About Colorado Scuba Retailer Association

The Colorado Scuba Retailers Association is an organization designed to express commitment to dive retailers and provide passion and inspiration for a growing community of dive customers, employees and associated instructors. CSRA proactively helps grow the dive industry by sharing experience, input and solutions with retailers, manufacturers and industry stakeholders. Learn more at: www.divecolorado.com.

Contact

Vicki Nichols Goldstein

Coloradoocean@gmail.com

720.253.2007

Media Contact

Jamie Jimenez

jamie@vivevents.com

415. 952.6439