2019 Ocean Awards – Winners Announced

May 8, 2019

Now in its fourth year, BOAT International and Blue Marine Foundation’s Ocean Awards is bigger than ever in scope, breadth and ambition. 2019 saw a fantastic number of nominations from all over the world. The judges had quite a task on their hands to select the winners for each award from an exceptionally high calibre list of nominees. After a meticulous and lengthy judging period, the exceptional winners were decided.

 

FULL LIST OF WINNERS

The Local Hero Award: Zoona Naseem
This award recognises the individual or group that has had the most positive impact on the marine environment within their local community this year. The winner is typically a recognised leader on marine conservation issues within their community or organisation.

Please click here to read about Zoona Naseem and her achievements.

 

The Science Award: David Kroodsma, Director of research, Global Fishing Watch
This award recognises the individual or research team that has made the most important scientific contribution to the ocean this year.

Please click here to read about David Kroodsma and Global Fishing Watch.

 

The Innovation Award
This year, the judges recognised two outstanding entries for their potential to make a positive, long-term on the marine environment as opposed to using new, innovative technology. As such they have been given joint recognition in the form of Highly Commended.

Dr Anne Kapuscinski, Director, Coastal Science and Policy Program and professor, environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for aquaculture microalgae feed.

Please click here to read about Dr Anne Kapuscinski.

 

Silent Yachts, Silent 64

Please click here to read more about Silent Yachts.

 

The Visionary Award: Lewis Pugh
This award recognises the individual or group that has taken the lead on globally- significant actions for the benefit of ocean health. The winner of this award will have shown consistent leadership and vision on ocean issues, going above and beyond others in their commitment to protecting marine life. This can include important policy initiatives and the people behind them.

Please click here to read about Lewis Pugh and The long Swim.

 

The Public Awareness Award: The Ocean Race
This award recognises the individual or group that has done the most this year to advance public understanding of marine conservation issues, be it through the mainstream media, art forms, in schools, or through campaigning.

Please click here to read more about The Ocean Race.

 

Judges’ Special Award: Alliance for the Conservation of Biodiversity, Culture and Territory
Thanks to an innovative partnership of five institutions, 13.31 per cent of Colombia’s coastline and marine ecosystems are now protected. The protected zones consist of two newly created MPAs and the massive expansion of an existing National Natural Park and UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Please click here to read about the winners of this special award.

 

Judges’ Special Award: Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program

The far south of the American continent, south of Cape Horn, the remotest reaches of Chilean Patagonia, is home to several species of endangered bird. The creation in January 2018 of the Diego Ramirez-Drake Passage Marine Park, however, should help ensure their survival.

Please click here to read about the winners of this special award.