ROCK THE OCEAN

We're not trying to save the whole world...just 3/4 of it!

WHY WE ROCK THE OCEAN AT TORTUGA

Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival was created to generate awareness and raise funds for ocean conservation.

The Rock The Ocean Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit that focuses on 5 Core Issues:

★   Turtle Conservation   ★   Shark Conservation   ★   Coral Reef Degradation   ★   Overfishing   ★   Marine Pollution   ★

Each year, a portion of the proceeds from Tortuga is donated to the Rock The Ocean Foundation. With the help of Tortuga fans, we have raised over $3.2 million for ocean conservation initiatives! These funds have gone to over 90 partners in ocean conservation; five universities; and sponsored groundbreaking research in the United States, Bahamas, South Africa and Asia!

CONSERVATION VILLAGE

What is Conservation Village?

Conservation Village is our trademark concept of bringing nonprofits to the festival to educate fans on ocean conservation. Located in the center of the festival site, Conservation Village is truly the heartbeat of the event and is organized to reflect the 5 Core Issues of Rock The Ocean.

 

Each year at Tortuga, Rock The Ocean curates a distinguished list of 20+ worldwide thought leaders in ocean conservation to create our annual roster of Conservation Village partners. These groups are hand selected to participate on site at Tortuga because they are leaders in their field of expertise. Our roster is filled with groups like the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program, which is responsible for sea turtle conservation efforts on our festival site, as well as international conservation groups like Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation and Sharks4Kids.

What Is there to do in Conservation Village?

Virtual Shark DiveTake a Virtual Reality Shark Dive in Rock The Ocean’s Headquarters with our partner Sharks4Kids. Fans take a dive in the deep and learn more about how they can turn fear into fascination!

 

Catch a Pop Up ShowDid you know that some of Tortuga’s artists stop by Conservation Village to perform a few of their hits? To catch a pop-up show during the festival, download the Tortuga App in the App Store or Google Play Store and turn on push notifications!

We offer several fun, interactive activities to learn about all the ways you can help save our oceans!

Eco ExchangeHelp us keep the beach clean by trading your trash for prizes! Stop by our Eco Exchange to grab a bag to collect trash & recycling during the festival. Return your filled bag to accumulate points for your chance to win a variety of prizes such as:

  • Cool merch
  • Gift certificates
  • And even the chance to win tickets to next year’s Tortuga

 

Complete the Passport to ConservationCome grab a Passport, visit our partners & earn your stamps by learning about ocean conservation. You’ll learn valuable and practical ways that YOU can make a difference in saving our oceans! Once you have completed your Passport, return it to be entered for the chance to win cool prizes including tickets to next year’s festival!

join our live auction

Tortuga Fans can bid on a variety of items and experiences including:

★   Custom Rock The Ocean guitar   ★   Surfboard autographed by Tortuga’s performers   ★   Meet & Greet with your favorite performer   ★   Submarine ride   ★   Private yacht charter   ★   And much more!

2023 Auction info is coming soon. Stop by Rock The Ocean Headquarters at the festival and ask for more information!

HOW DOES TORTUGA ROCK THE OCEAN?

Ocean conservation is woven into the fabric of Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival. We make great efforts to make our event eco & ocean-friendly!

Check out our Sustainability page for more info on all the ways Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival is creating a more sustainable festival experience each and every year!

WAYS WE’RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

Did you know globally the equivalent of one dumpster truck of plastic is dumped into the ocean every minute? That’s why we have taken steps to reduce single-use plastic at the festival with the goal of being 100% single-use plastic-free.

2019 HIGHLIGHTS
  • ELIMINATED plastic straws. Ocean friendly paper straws are always available on request.

  • ELIMINATED plastic water bottles. Instead ice cold canned water and water refill stations were available for fans.

  • All food vendors helped reduce single use plastics by using paper/compostable food boats, plates, and cutlery.

  • All food vendors helped reduce single use plastics by using paper/compostable food boats, plates, and cutlery.

SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS

Did you know that 90% of the world’s fisheries are now fully exploited, over-exploited or have collapsed entirely? Tortuga Music Festival is committed to only serving sustainable seafood. This means that any seafood item served at the festival must be caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways, as defined by The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.

2019 HIGHLIGHTS
  • The majority of produce served onsite came from within 200 miles of the festival site.

  • Seafood vendors in 100% compliance with sustainable seafood policy.

  • All meats served onsite came from animals raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones.

OCEAN CONSERVATION
AWARENESS EDUCATION

Throughout the festival, you’ll find conservation awareness signage and campaigns educating fans on sustainable practices. Between acts, we feature on-screen PSA’s educating fans about our Conservation Village partners and their missions.

PRESERVE AND PROTECT
LOCAL MARINE HABITAT

With the support of local partners, our goal is to leave the beach better than we found it. Tortuga Music Festival works closely with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation and US Fish and Wildlife Service to minimize the festival’s impact on the beach. From the light and sound levels to where structures are placed, we work closely with these groups to make sure we are not disrupting critical habitats.

With the support of local partners, our goal is to leave the beach better than we found it. Tortuga Music Festival works closely with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation and US Fish and Wildlife Service to minimize the festival’s impact on the beach. From the light and sound levels to where structures are placed, we work closely with these groups to make sure we are not disrupting critical habitats.

WANNA ROCK THE OCEAN YEAR ROUND?

Rock The Ocean continues raising funds for ocean conservation throughout the year by selling Rock The Ocean apparel and donating 100% of all apparel proceeds to ocean conservation programs.

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