Summit to Sea – Byron Bay’s First Ocean and Conservation Summit

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Seabin CEO and Co-founder, Pete Ceglinski, hosted the evening

Summit to Sea, Byron Bay’s first Ocean and Conservation Summit, was held on the 4th of April 2019 at the Byron Community Theatre. What began as an informal gathering of friends to speak on environmental issues quickly transgressed into a full-fledged, sold out Ocean Summit.


SUMMIT OFFICIAL TEASERSound on 😜The summit official teaser is out! To say the event was a success is an understatement, we had a full house, online ticket scammers and a waiting list that went out to the street.A huge thank you to the amazing volunteers on the night, we could not have done this without you all!! We will be running the summit again next year and for now, stay tuned for the key note speaker edits that will be coming out next.A big thanks again to co hosts Patagonia for their confidence and also to the volunteers and speakers.Dave Rastovich – Patagonia Kees Jan Boonen – Kirstin Scholtz – WildArkJulia Reisser – Minderoo FoundationKael Hudson – National Geographic Jimmy Perrin – Stone & Wood Brewing Julian Mitchell – Life CykelMahi Paquette – Seabin Foundation Laura Wells – Laura Wells Model Michaela Skovranova – Mishku John Lavarack – NSW Environment Protection AuthorityDan Henry – HP AustraliaRachel Draper – myTOMRA AustraliaXavier Rudd – Xavier Rudd – OfficialJosh SlabbAnother big thanks for the raffle prizes on the night from @paPatagonia YETI Stone & Wood Brewing HP Australia and more.Also to Yamii The Larder Byron Bay Sipp Instant Cape Productions Elliotkirkwoodphotography Luke Bennett Jess Leitmanis Wooden AnchorAll proceeds from the night went towards ocean conservation…#reuse #green #science #sustainability #ocean #water #environment #climatechange #recycle #plasticpollution #saveourocean #GlobalGoals #parisagreement #oceanplastic #microfiber #ocean #oceanconservation

Posted by The Seabin project on Monday, 15 April 2019


The focus of the summit was to showcase “What we are doing – Not what we should be doing.”

Seabin CEO and Co-founder, Pete Ceglinski, hosted the evening

Showcasing the Power of Positive Change

The Byron Theatre was completely sold out with people lined up out to the street hoping to obtain entry for the event from ticket holder no-shows!  Over $3,000 dollars were raised for the Seabin Foundation’s activities, thanks to the incredible sponsors, collaborators, volunteers, and attendees.

The Summit was hosted by the Seabin Foundation in association with Patagonia Australia, Summit to Sea illuminated conservation efforts across industries. It showcased the power of individuals, communities, and organizations to make positive changes in the conservation of our shared planet.

Dave Rastovich, professional surfer and conservationist, presenting Everyday Activism

Dave Rastovich, professional surfer and conservationist, presenting Everyday Activism.

From Product Reinvention to Sustainability – Creating Global Change

Summit to Sea featured sixteen speakers in a TEDx format, live music, dinner, and generously donated raffle items. The evening commenced with a heart-warming Welcome to Country by Delta Kay, the Australian way of paying respect to the traditional owners of the land. This was followed by an introduction by Seabin CEO & Co-founder, Pete Ceglinski and a speech on how the Seabin Foundation evolved by Mahi Paquette, Seabin COO. Pete enthusiastically hosted the summit, bringing the various speakers to stage.

Speakers from the New South Wales Environment Protection Agency, National Geographic, Patagonia,, HP, Laura Wells and various other organizations shared insights throughout the evening.

Topics included product reinvention for a circular economy, sustainable tourism, and story-telling as a tool to create global change. Individual activists and local community heroes also shed light on the power of everyday activism and community-oriented sustainable development.

Summit to Sea left audience members feeling positive and inspired to create change

Summit to Sea left audience members feeling positive and inspired to create change.

Combatting Marine Litter and Ocean Pollution

Several speakers from environmental protection organizations showcased campaigns to combat litter and ocean pollution. Mahi Paquette presented the preventative and reactive solutions that Seabin employs to tackle marine litter as well. Especially moving, Australian singer-songwriter, Xavier Rudd, shared a heart-warming acoustic song and speech about uniting for the greater good.

Summit to Sea holistically addressed the ecological crisis and provided an incubatory network for a positive path forward. The strength of community shined as a beacon towards a bright era where humans and nature exist harmoniously.

Intermingled amongst speeches, live music was performed by Luke Bennett and coffee and dinner were provided. Byron Bay Olive Company donated olives and tapenades, The Larder and Yami catered with delicious vegetarian food, and SIPP Instant provided delectable coconut coffee. Special thanks also to The Library of Stuff Mullumbimby and Life Cykel.

Luke Bennett performing live music during dinner

Luke Bennett performing live music during dinner.

The Seabin Foundation is so grateful to every speaker, sponsor, volunteer, and attendee for co-creating this gathering for positive change.

Raffle prizes were also auctioned, thanks to generous sponsors.

  • HP donated a laptop.
  • A suitcase made of upcycled plastic from the ocean was gifted by National Geographic.
  • YETI provided a large cooler and reusable coffee cups and water bottles.
  • Local Brewery, Stone & Wood donated beer, merchandise, and a brewery tour.
  • Patagonia donated gift vouchers and books and
  • Seabin provided some merchandise from the project.

The 4th of April was a night where community came together to stand in solidarity for the health of our shared home.

A special thank you goes to Patagonia for financing the venue and to for helping to cover the costs of the event. Summit to Sea will continue annually in Byron Bay as a forum for positive conservation efforts. Seabin hopes to collaborate with you or see you in the audience next year!

Dogs welcome!

Dogs welcome!

Video edits from the night are expected mid year and will be shared online throughout the Seabin Project social media channels.

Talented oceanic photographer, Elliot Kirkwood, donated his piece “Liquid Silk” to be the new logo of the Seabin Foundation. He also captured touching moments from the evening through his lens, featured below.

Thanks to the following presenters:

  • Dan Henry, Head of Marketing, South Pacific at HP, spoke about product reinvention for a circular economy.
  • Kees Jan Boonen, Head of Public Affairs, Asia Pacific at, presented a business case for sustainable travel.
  • Kael Hudson, Director of Partnerships at National Geographic, and Michaela Skovranova, filmmaker and director at Mishku, both emphasized the importance of emotive storytelling to create global change.
  • Mahi Paquette, Seabin Foundation COO, presented how the Seabin Foundation came to life. She showcased the preventative and reactive solutions being utilized by the organization and delineated how technology is not the true solution.
  • John Lavarack, Project Officer at NSW EPA, and Julia Reisser, Marine Scientist at Minderoo Foundation, both highlighted facets of how to solve the ocean pollution crisis.
  • Australian singer-songwriter, Xavier Rudd shared a moving acoustic song and speech about uniting for the greater good.
  • Laura Wells, marine scientist and model, who offered a fun and dynamic presentation reminding us all to be positive about the way we engage with others when talking environmental habits.
  • Julian Mitchell, CEO and co-founder of Life Cykel, impressed everyone with the many ways mycelium and mushrooms can help reduce plastic and add many more benefits to our lives.
  • Kirstin Scholtz who presented on behalf of WildArk, an impressive organisation aiming at restoring the balance of biodiversity in the wildest places.
  • Rachel Draper from TOMRA explained how the Reverse Vending Machines (RVM) actually do their work and how many plastic and glass containers they recycle thanks to the participation of the public.
  • Dave Rastovitch, ambassador for Patagonia.
  • James Perrin, Sustainability Manager at Stone and Wood Brewery Co., discussed the ways used by the company to remain authentic to their values and much more.
  • Josh Slabb, CEO of Banaam, explained in a personal way the importance of connection to country and what he does to work towards this goal for everyone.