Healthy Oceans Blog

Healthy Oceans Coalition Advocacy Training Update

We hosted our most recent Healthy Oceans Coalition advocacy training in Aptos, California from November 18-20 right on the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. We were joined by 17 hardworking and energizing ocean advocates and a handful of subject matter experts.

Our HOC Advocacy Trainings give ocean and coastal advocates a chance to broaden their knowledge about federal ocean policy and sharpen their advocacy skills. During the training, attendees learn from experts in the field on important federal ocean and coastal issues surrounding offshore energy development, habitat protection, fisheries conservation and how those issues tie into climate change.

Trainees work on developing messaging for decision-makers, press, and their members of Congress and receive individual mentoring to workshop those messages with communications and advocacy experts from Spitfire Strategies, Riveter Communications, and the Healthy Oceans Coalition leadership.

To cap off the training, the group plans for real world application of the tools learned during the training to make it matter in their local, state, and regional ocean and coastal communities.

The purpose of these trainings are to connect smaller, local organizations and advocates with federal ocean and coastal policy landscape and grow the regional ocean and coastal advocacy community.

If you're interested in this training or planning one for your community, please reach out to Jenna Valente at j.valente [at]