Oceana Launches 5th Annual Ocean Hero Awards | Oceana

Oceana Launches 5th Annual Ocean Hero Awards

Press Release Date: June 12, 2013



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

Washington, DC – Oceana announces the start of its fifth annual Ocean Hero Awards, a summertime contest celebrating individuals who go above and beyond to protect America’s oceans.  

The program honors one youth and one adult who make a unique impact in ocean conservation. Past winners and finalists have worked on a variety of issues that include protecting marine animals, advocating for strong ocean policy and cleaning up ocean pollution. The nominees have come from all over the United States.

2013 Nominations for both the adult and junior division will be open to the public at the official Ocean Hero Facebook page, which can be accessed here ­­until June 28, 2013.

After the nominations period is closed, an expert team of Oceana staff will select adult and junior finalists. The public will choose this year’s winners by voting for their favorite finalist between July 16th and July 26th.  The finalists with the most votes will become the 2013 Adult and Junior Ocean Heroes.  Winners will be announced on July 31st.

Last year, thousands of participants voted and selected adult winner Captain Don Voss, owner of the Marine Cleanup Initiative Inc., a debris collection organization that cleans up Florida’s waterways. The winner of the junior award in 2012 was James Hemphill of Virginia Beach, VA. James was the president of Project Green Teens, a student-run environmental group that promotes conservation in Virginia Beach.

In addition to being recognized on Oceana.org, both junior and adult winners of the Ocean Hero Award will receive a grand prize that includes a personalized apparel package from Nautica, inclusion in an Oceana-produced TV spot that will run on Outside Television, a two-night hotel stay at the JW Marriott in either Orlando, FL, or San Francisco, CA, complete with dinner with the hotel’s executive chef, and eyewear from Revo Sunglasses.




Oceana is the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans. Oceana wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001, we have protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. More than 600,000 supporters have already joined Oceana. Global in scope, Oceana has offices in North, South and Central America and Europe. To learn more, please visit www.oceana.org.


Nautica was founded in 1983, Nautica® is a leading global lifestyle brand ranging from men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories to a complete home collection.  Nautica products are refined casual classics inspired and energized by the water that are always crisp, clean and distinct.  Today Nautica is available in more than 75 countries with 256 Nautica branded stores worldwide.  In 2003, the Company was acquired by VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel with more than 30 brands, including Wrangler, The North Face, Lee, Vans, Nautica, 7 For All Mankind, Eagle Creek, Eastpak, Ella Moss, JanSport, lucy, Kipling, Majestic, Napapijri, Red Kap, Reef, Riders, Splendid, Smartwool and Timberland. For additional information, please go to www.nautica.com and www.vfc.com.


Outside Television is the leading network for those passionate about the active lifestyle. From surfing to climbing, skiing to cycling, sailing to running – our programs are about the real people, places, sports and adventures that make the outside world an experience like no other.   


JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 59 JW Marriott hotels in 24 countries; by 2015 the portfolio is expected to encompass 79 properties in 28 countries. Visit us online, jwmarriott.com, @jwmarriott and facebook.com/JWMarriott


Revo In 1985, Revo began as a small sunglass brand with a big idea: technology used by NASA was just as suited for sunglasses as it was for satellites. Today, Revo continues to build on a rich tradition of technology and innovation by creating the clearest and most advanced high contrast polarized sunglasses available. Conscious of the world’s social and ecological challenges, Revo strives to act responsibly. Revo’s Eco Collection features eyewear made from Revo Re-Use™, a frame material made from 100 percent recycled pre-consumer polymer resins, and Revo Eco-Use™, a sustainable take on traditional plastic made from the seed of the castor bean plant in place of widely used petroleum-based nylons. Designed for the active sport and lifestyle consumer, the 100 percent polarized eyewear collection is available at authorized Revo retail locations nationwide. Revo is held by the Luxottica Group (NYSE: LUX ; MTA: LUX), a Milan, Italy-based global leader in premium fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Additional information is available at www.revo.com.