Nominations for Floridaâ€™s most prestigious ocean conservation awards ceremony, the Tenth Annual Go Blue Awards Luncheon, presented by Manatee Lagoon â€“â€¨ An FPL Eco-Discovery Center will open nationwide onÂ Sunday, July 15.Hosted by Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC), the Go Blue Awards Luncheon recognizes and awards four individuals and one business or nonprofit that have promoted, implemented or contributed to a â€œblueâ€ lifestyle of marine conservation and have made significant contributions to improve and protect our oceans, beaches and wildlife. To nominate a person or business for this premier award, visitÂ marinelife.org/bluefriends. Nominations close onÂ August 25. Finalists will be announced at the Blue Friends Society Cocktail Social held onÂ Thursday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m.
An esteemed, independent panel of judges will select final candidates for each award. Winners in each category are announced during the luncheon at the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center, West Palm Beach onÂ Friday, October 26. The event will also feature Emmy Award-winning television show host, Conservationist and Biologist, Jeff Corwin (pictured right) as special guest and keynote speaker. Mr. Corwin is the host of â€œOcean Mysteries,â€ Renowned Conservationist And Environmental Journalist. Jeff Corwin shares his one-of-a kind perspective on wildlife conservation, empowering audiences to join the movement to save our natural world for future generations. â€¨As the host of the Emmy Award-winning ABC wildlife adventure series â€œOcean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin,â€ Jeff educates and entertains audiences with his knowledge and deep care for the natural world.
With a focus on awareness and education, Jeff draws on his world travels to enlighten with insights on the current state of environmental conservation efforts, emphasizing the key to our own survival is the survival of the worldâ€™s creatures and ecosystems. He takes audiences on a global tour to witness firsthand the condition of the natural world, sharing a message of hope and humanity, and encouraging us all to play an active and positive role in helping save the Earthâ€™s most threatened animals and natural resources.
Nominations are based on several criteria. The Eleanor Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a person who exemplifies a lifelong, extraordinary commitment to marine conservation through their work or volunteer activities similar to LMC Founder Eleanor Fletcher. The Blue Ambassador of the Year Award will recognize a person who has made significant contributions in ocean conservation through volunteer-related activities. The Blue Friend of the Year Award recognizes a person who has made significant contributions in ocean conservation through work-related activities. The Blue Hatchling Youth Award recognizes a youth K-12 who has made significant contributions in marine conservation through volunteer-related activities. The Blue Business of the Year Award will recognize a business that has made outstanding contributions toward promoting conservation or restoration of marine life or ecosystems through their practices, products or technology.
This yearâ€™s panel of judges includes: Gary Adkison, U.S. Shark Foundation director;Â Fabien Cousteau, aquanaut, oceanographic explorer, conservationist and documentary filmmaker; Greg Marshall, inventor and scientist, National Geographic Society; Cristina Mittermeier, award-winning photographer and marine biologist; Sally Murray, daughter of LMC Founder Eleanor Fletcher;Â Susan Murray, Oceana U.S. Pacific deputy vice president, granddaughter of LMC Founder Eleanor Fletcher; Paul Nicklen; photographer and marine biologist, National Geographic; Joel Sartore, photographer, speaker, author, teacher and 20-year National Geographic Magazine contributor; Brian Skerry, National Geographic award-winning photojournalist; and Jim Toomey, Mission Blue executive director, Shermanâ€™s Lagoon Comic Strip creator. WPTV News Channel 5 Meteorologist Glenn Glazer will once again serve as the introductory host for this yearâ€™s luncheon.
For more information about the Go Blue Awards Luncheon, to purchase tickets or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visitÂ marinelife.org/bluefriends.