Loggerhead Marinelife Center Announces Open Call for Go Blue Award Nominations Recognizing Leaders in Ocean Conservation

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Go Blue Awards, which are given annually to three individuals and a business that are making extraordinary contributions to promoting marine conservation. Nominations can be made through August 15th. A downloadable application is available at marinelife.org/bluefriends.

All nominations will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges, which will narrow the list to up to four final candidates for each award. Finalists will be announced at a Go Blue Awards kick-off event on September 8, 2011. Winners in each category will be announced at the 3rd Annual Go Blue Awards Luncheon on October 21, 2011 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, featuring keynote speaker and world renowned ocean conservationist Dr. Sylvia Earle.

Nominations for the 2011 Go Blue Awards are based on several criteria. The Eleanor Fletcher Award will recognize a person who exemplifies a lifelong, extraordinary commitment to marine conservation education through their work or volunteer activities similar to Eleanor Fletcher, founder of LMC. The Blue Ambassador of the Year Award will recognize a person who has made significant contributions in marine conservation in south Florida through volunteer related activities. The Blue Friend of the Year Award will recognize a person who has made significant contributions in marine conservation through work-related activities. The Blue Business of the Year Award will recognize a business that has made outstanding contributions toward promoting conservation, restoration, or preservation of marine life and/or marine ecosystems through their practices, products or technology.

“The campaign to ‘Go Green’ has been a critical force in sparking care and concern for the planet,” said Loggerhead Marinelife Center President & C.O.O. David McClymont. “The Go Blue Awards recognize those who have taken crucial strides to preserving our oceans, because without blue, there is no green.” The oceans cover 71% of the Earth’s surface and contain 97% of the Earth’s water. An estimated 50-80% of all life on earth is found under the ocean surface and the oceans contain 99% of the living space on the planet.

The Go Blue Awards program was created to recognize individuals and businesses that directly or indirectly support LMC’s mission to promote conservation of Florida’s coastal ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. Previous Go Blue Award recipients include Nathaniel Reed, Everglades Foundation; Capt. Donald Voss, Marine Cleanup Initiative; Dr. Edith Widder, Ocean Research & Conservation Association; Florida Power & Light Company; Gary Adkison, U.S. Shark Foundation; International Game Fish Association; Michael J. Bresette, Inwater Research; and Radio Green Earth.

2011 luncheon speaker Dr. Sylvia Earle, called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and the first “Hero for the Planet,” is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist. Former chief scientist of NOAA, Earle has a B.S. from Florida State University, an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Duke University, and 15 honorary degrees. She has authored more than 150 scientific, technical, and popular publications, lectured in more than 60 countries, and appeared in hundreds of television productions.

For more information on the Go Blue Awards, to purchase tickets to the 3rd Annual Go Blue Awards Luncheon, or to learn more about sponsoring the luncheon, visit marinelife.org/bluefriends.