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 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
Christopher Benchley Youth Award
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.
Meg Caldwell Isis Schwartz
Gordon and Llura Gund The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation