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6th Annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards

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2013 Recipients

The 2013 Award Recipients have been announced. View the Press Release. View the announcement in Blue Notes #107.


For Excellence in National Stewardship
President Macky Sall of Senegal
For bold action expelling foreign fishing vessels over-exploiting Senegal’s waters while working to restore a sustainable domestic fishery for his people

For Excellence in Science
Boris Worm
+ Heike Lotze

For their work increasing our knowledge about the changing abundance and diversity of the planet’s marine wildlife

For Excellence in Policy
U.S. Congressman Ed Markey
For his extensive work and legislative proposals to protect the ocean from the impacts of overfishing, pollution and climate change

For Excellence in Media
Nancy Baron

For their individual and organizational success improving marine scientists ability to communicate their findings to the public and the media

Christopher Benchley Youth Award
Sean Russell

For his outstanding work beginning in high school to address the problem of marine plastic pollution and mobilizing other youths for ocean conservation

Hero of the Seas
Karen Garrison
+ Kaitilin Gaffney

For more than a decade of collaborative effort and public outreach that helped lead to the creation of a world-class network of ocean wilderness parks off California



Thank you to all who submitted nominations for the 6th Annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards.

The 2013 Selection Committee is comprised of Wendy Benchley, Dr. Sylvia Earle, David Helvarg, Dr. Nancy Knowlton, Dr. Enric Sala, Dr. Gregory Stone and Jim Toomey.




Wendy Benchley


Meg Caldwell       Isis Schwartz



Gordon and Llura Gund The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation


  Margo Garrison