Mystic Aquarium Pres. & CEO Coan Participates in Our Ocean Conference with Conservation Commitments
Washington, DC (September 16, 2016): Started in 2014 by Secretary of State John Kerry, the Our Ocean conference is a convener of the world’s most influential organizations dedicated to protecting the ocean environment. The conference has been an instrument for historic collaboration and far-reaching environmental change.
Receiving an invitation from President Obama, Mystic Aquarium’s President and CEO, Dr. Stephen M. Coan, joined global leaders to participate in the conference. He was on hand for the historic announcement of President Obama’s designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, an initiative to which Mystic Aquarium played a key role.
Coan’s involvement further solidified Mystic Aquarium’s role in the global arena of ocean conservation.
Since its inception, the Our Ocean conference has fostered conversation with the ultimate goal of finding tangible solutions to the issues facing today’s ocean environment.
Annually this is done by securing commitments from global leaders, scientists, innovators, and others. The 2016 conference is focused on marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean.
In support of the Our Ocean conference, Coan pledged Mystic Aquarium’s ongoing and measurable goals; committing to finding solutions to the threats facing our oceans.
As part of the Our Ocean conference Mystic Aquarium pledged to…
…respond to, rescue, rehabilitate and/or release 300 marine mammals over the next 5 years.
…develop and implement youth conservation programs in 125 high-need communities throughout the United States by 2020.
…invest $2.5 million over the next 5 years to conduct research related to conserving marine ecosystems.
…develop regional ocean planning tools and approaches for managers and policy makers to better balance economic needs with the conservation of biological diversity.
…advance the understanding of the role that marine protected areas play in conservation.
…commit financial and human resources to ensure the survival of African penguins.
…develop future ocean conservation professionals by hosting at least 500 internships over the next 5 years.
…educate at least 550,000 students in activities focused on ocean conservation over the next 5 years.
…engage 3,250 people in environmental stewardship through citizen science programs over the next 5 years.
…conduct research on shallow and deep water coral reef ecosystems to inform ocean and climate policy.
“We will continue to strive to fulfill our mission everyday through conservation, education and research,” said Dr. Coan. “We are more committed than ever to provide viable solutions through our local, regional and global conservation efforts.”
About Mystic Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Mystic Aquarium receives major support from The Coca-Cola Company, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Resorts World Sentosa and United Technologies Corporation. Learn more at MysticAquarium.org.