The Florida ocean conservation community said farewell to one of its greatest servants this week. John Halas, who was the winner of Oceanaâ€™s first annual Ocean Heroes contest, has retired after nearly 32 years of work protecting coral reefs in Florida.
Halas, a marine biologist and manager of the Upper Region of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, has been working to protect coral systems in Florida since 1981. After observing coral damage caused by careless anchoring, he took it upon himself to develop an environmentally friendly anchor and mooring buoy system that prevents damage to coral reefs and has worked to implement this anchorage system in 38 countries.
Weâ€™re sad to see John go but wish him a very happy retirement!
Stay tuned for this yearâ€™s Ocean Heroes contest, which kicks off with nominations on World Oceans Day, June 8.