Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless Wins Visionary Award at 2020 Ocean Awards | Oceana

Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless Wins Visionary Award at 2020 Ocean Awards

Press Release Date: May 7, 2020

Location: Washington, DC


Anna Baxter | email: abaxter@oceana.org
Anna Baxter

Today, Andrew Sharpless, CEO of Oceana, received the Visionary Award at the 2020 Ocean Awards from BOAT International and Blue Marine Foundation. The Visionary Award recognizes an individual with a global vision to improve the health of our oceans and a willingness to go above and beyond others in their commitment to the cause, according to the Blue Marine Foundation.

“Thank you to BOAT International and Blue Marine Foundation for this great honor for Oceana,” said Mr. Sharpless. “We are motivated every single day to save the oceans to help feed the world. Our mission is measured in hundreds of millions of meals for hungry people around the world, for better livelihoods for fishermen, and for a rich, abundant ocean for generations to come. This award validates that our campaigns produce policy outcomes that do help stop overfishing, habitat destruction, illegal fishing, and pollution. With your continued support, we’ll continue to make strides to save our oceans.”

Since Mr. Sharpless accepted leadership of Oceana in 2003, the organization has grown to be the largest international conservation organization fully dedicated to protecting the oceans. Under Mr. Sharpless’ leadership, Oceana has achieved more than 225 policy victories to protect and restore ocean abundance. To learn more about Oceana’s campaign victories, visit oceana.org/victories.

To read the 2020 Ocean Awards announcements and view Mr. Sharpless’ acceptance video, click here.


Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana is rebuilding abundant and biodiverse oceans by winning science-based policies in countries that control one-third of the world’s wild fish catch. With more than 225 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, and the killing of threatened species like turtles and sharks, Oceana’s campaigns are delivering results. A restored ocean means that 1 billion people can enjoy a healthy seafood meal, every day, forever. Together, we can save the oceans and help feed the world. Visit www.oceana.org to learn more.