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First-Ever LI Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Comes to Wang Center

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Sponsored by New York Sea Grant, Coastal Steward and the Youth Ocean Conservation Team

YOCSAround the world, the ocean and its inhabitants face many challenges as human impacts continuously threaten the health of marine ecosystems. How can we empower the next generation of ocean conservationists?

New York Sea Grant has teamed up with the Coastal Steward organization to arrange a Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (YOCS) at Stony Brook University’s Charles B. Wang Center on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 8 am to 4 pm.

“The Summit will provide an opportunity for students to learn of real-world marine conservation issues affecting New York and to discuss with peers and professionals how to organize themselves into small teams to undertake real-world marine conservation projects,” said New York Sea Grant Director Bill Wise, former associate dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook. He was longtime director of the Bay Scallop Bowl, an annual competition among high school students well versed in marine science.

2014 YOCSAttendees will be inspired by dynamic speakers and stories of student-driven ocean conservation projects, develop plans for their own projects and take part in workshops designed to ensure success.

“Participants will also have the opportunity to network with researchers, marine organizations and other young people who are passionate about ocean preservation,” added David Chase, director of Educational Programs at Coastal Steward and a longtime coach for the highly successful Mount Sinai High School Bay Scallop Bowl team.

Register online now for YOCS at www.coastalsteward.org. The $20 registration fee includes snacks, lunch and program materials.

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