SEVENSEAS Marine Conservation & Travel Issue 21, February 2017 - Page 29

A beach cleanup held at the University of Florida

-Kerrin Toner

A recycled art project in the shape of the U of RI’s mascot, a ram -Jessica Freedman

ince August of 2016, the SEVENSEAS University Ocean Ambassador program has been working with undergraduate

and graduate students in the United States to promote marine conservation awareness on university campuses. Once a month, ambassadors host an ocean-themed event on their campuses, getting both students and the community involved in the conversation about marine conservation. In the beginning, 15 students from 14 different universities in 11 states worked to spread the word about the challenges facing the ocean and potential places and ways to travel that could have a positive impact on the ocean environment. Volunteering their valuable time, the ambassadors hosted a variety of events on their campuses. Many ambassadors chose to hold ocean documentary screenings or hosted information sessions where people could learn more about SEVENSEAS and the articles in each month’s issue. The ambassadors living near the coast hosted beach cleanups, and one ambassador even had an event where students went scuba diving for trash in the ocean. Whether it was through a guest speaker or an art project, the ambassadors found creative and inspiring ways to advocate for marine conservation on their campuses.

In 2017, we’re making the ambassador program global! We currently have 23 ambassadors from across the world, in countries like the United States, India, Portugal, the UK, and Germany. We’re looking to expand the program even more, so if you or someone you know is interested in being a SEVENSEAS University Ocean Ambassador, request an application form from:


February 2017 - Ocean Literacy