Loggerhead Marinelife Center will host its Fourteenth Annual Go Blue Awards on October 28 at 11 a.m., inviting hundreds of guests to gather at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach to celebrate the great strides in conservation being made locally, nationally, and globally.
This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, a world-renowned marine biologist and self-proclaimed “turtle nerd.” His visionary ideas about ocean ecosystems, marine protected areas, and plastic pollution have inspired others to find a deeper connection with ocean life, the global water supply, and the mental health benefits of a life spent on or near the water.
The Go Blue Awards luncheon recognizes individuals, businesses, and nonprofits that promote, implement, or contribute to a “blue” lifestyle of marine conservation, while making significant impact improving and protecting our oceans, beaches, and wildlife.
Go Blue Awards finalists include:
Roderic Mast from Oceanic Society in Herndon, Virginia, will be awarded the notable Eleanor Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes a person who exemplifies a lifelong, extraordinary commitment to marine conservation through work or volunteer activities similar to those of Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s founder Eleanor Fletcher.
The finalists will be evaluated by an esteemed panel of independent judges who review the submitted criteria to select the winners. This year’s judges are Sally Murray, daughter of Eleanor Fletcher; Susan Murray, deputy vice president of Oceana U.S. Pacific and granddaughter of Eleanor Fletcher; Greg Marshall, marine biologist and filmmaker; Joel Sartore, longtime contributing photographer to National Geographic magazine and author of The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals; Jim Toomey, executive director of Mission Blue and creator of the Sherman’s Lagoon comic strip; and Lad Akins, curator of marine conservation at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science.
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