Ocean Heroes Award

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The Ocean Hero Awards started in 2009 as a way for Oceana[who?] to recognize accomplishments in ocean conservation, advocacy, and education. Every summer Oceana recognizes individuals in adult and junior categories.

Since the 2010 presentation, two awards have been given each year: one to an adult winner, and the other to a "junior" winner.[1]

List of adult winners[edit]

Year Name Achievements Affiliation
2009[2] John Halas Coral reef protection A marine biologist, manager of Upper Region Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
2010[1] Jay Holcomb Wildlife rehabilitation Executive Director of the International Bird Rescue Research Center
2011[3] Peter Wallerstein Marine mammal rescue Program Director of Marine Animal Rescue in El Segundo, California
2012[4] Captain Von Doss Marine debris removal Owner of Marine Cleanup Initiative Inc. in Florida
2013[5] Jean Beasley Sea turtle rescue Founder of Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in North Carolina

List of junior winners[edit]

Year Name Achievements
2010[1] "The Shark Finatics" (26 students, ages 12 to 17)[6] Shark conservation fundraising, shark finning education
2011[3][7] Sophi Bromenshenkel (age 8) Fundraising (over $3500) for tagging sharks through the University of Miami's R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program[8]
2012[4] James Hemphill (age 15) Ocean conservation promotion and debris removal through his own student-run environmental group, Project Green Teens, in Virginia Beach
2013[5][9] Rory (age 14) and Maeve (age 10) McCracken Founded kidslovethegulf.org and raised $8000 to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Oceana announces winners of the 2nd annual "Ocean Heroes Award"". Oceana. June 8, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Oceana Announces Winners of its Inaugural "Ocean Heroes Award"". Oceana. June 8, 2009. Retrieved January 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Oceana Announces Winners of 3rd Annual Ocean Heroes Award". June 8, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "And the 2012 Ocean Heroes Are...". July 18, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Congratulations Jean Beasley, Our 2013 Ocean Hero Award Winner". July 30, 2013. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "On World Oceans Day, Celebrate The 2010 Ocean Heroes Winners!". June 8, 2010. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Saving Sharks and Dolphins, Near and Far". Smithsonian Institution. June 9, 2011. 
  8. ^ "8-Year Old Sophi Bromenshenkel Named 2011 Oceana "Ocean Hero"". University of Miami. June 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Congratulations, Rory and Maeve McCracken, Our 2013 Ocean Hero Awards Youth Winners". July 30, 2013.