Annual Go Blue Awards

The Thirteenth Annual Go Blue Awards
October 22, 2021

The Annual Go Blue Awards recognizes individuals, youth, businesses and nonprofit organizations who are making extraordinary contributions in ocean conservation and are on the leading edge of going "Blue!" This year, the event will feature Dr. Sylvia Earle, President and Chairman of Mission Blue / The Sylvia Earle Alliance.

Join us for the inaugural event in our new Ocean Discovery Wing.

Congratulations 2020 Go Blue Awards Recipients!

Eleanor Fletcher Lifetime
Achievement Award

Lad Akins


Blue Ambassador Award
Jillian Morris


Blue Friend Award
Daniela Fernandez

Blue Hatchling Youth Award

Miles Fetherston-Resch

Blue Business Award


Blue Nonprofit Award


Watch Virtual Kick-Off

Watch music by Nicole Carbajal while we announce our 2020 Go Blue Award Finalists.

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle at Cabo Pulmo (c) Kip Evans Web

Dr. Sylvia Earle at Cabo Pulmo.


Dr. Sylvia Earle is the President and Chairman of Mission Blue, an Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society, Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research Inc. (DOER), Chair of the Advisory Council for the Harte Research Institute and former Chief Scientist of NOAA.

Author of more than 225 publications and leader of more than 100 expeditions with over 7,500 hours underwater, Dr. Earle is a graduate of Florida State University with M.A. and PhD. degrees from Duke University and 32 honorary degrees. Her research concerns the ecology and conservation of marine ecosystems and development of technology for access to the deep sea.

She is the subject of the Emmy® Award Winning Netflix documentary, Mission Blue, and the recipient of more than 100 national and international honors and awards including being named Time Magazine’s first Hero for the Planet, a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, 2014 UNEP Champion of the Earth, Glamour Magazine’s 2014 Woman of the Year, member of the Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark, and winner of the 2009 TED Prize, the Walter Cronkite Award, the 1996 Explorers Club Medal, the Royal Geographic Society 2011 Patron’s Medal, and the National Geographic 2013 Hubbard Medal.


Sponsor & Private Reception Sponsor

Atlantic Ocean Sponsor

Hatchling Youth Award Sponsor
Pete & Lynne

Pacific Ocean Sponsor

Blue Business Award Sponsor

Arctic Ocean Sponsor
Monique Brechter &
Steven Heinemann

Arctic Ocean Sponsor

Arctic Ocean Sponsor

Arctic Ocean Sponsor
Allan & Crista Ryan

Arctic Ocean Sponsor
Bart & Julie Livolsi

Arctic Ocean Sponsor

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Kirstin & Telby Turner

Arctic Ocean Sponsor
Chip Block &
Leanna Landsmann

Arctic Ocean Sponsor

Digital Program Sponsor

Award Categories

The Eleanor Fletcher Award, named for the founder of Loggerhead Marinelife Center, recognizes an individual who has exemplified a lifelong, extraordinary commitment to marine conservation through their work or volunteer activities.

The Blue Ambassador of the Year Award recognizes a person who has made significant contributions in marine conservation through volunteer related activities.

The Blue Friend of the Year Award recognizes a person who has made significant contributions in marine conservation through work-related activities.

The Blue Hatchling Youth Award recognizes students up to and including 12th grade who have made significant contributions in marine conservation through volunteer related activities.

The Blue Business of the Year Award recognizes a business or non-profit that has made outstanding contributions toward promoting and encouraging conservation, restoration, or preservation of marine life and/or marine ecosystems through their business practices, products or technology.

The Blue Nonprofit of the Year Award will recognize a nonprofit that has made outstanding contributions toward promoting conservation or restoration of marine life or ecosystems through their practices, products or technology.

Go Blue Awards Nominations are open to the public and are judged by an independent panel of judges. The esteemed panel of judges that will select this year’s finalists and winners includes; Gary & Brenda Adkison – U.S. Shark Foundation, Director; Fabien Cousteau – Aquanaut, oceanographic explorer, conservationist and documentary filmmaker; Glenn Glazer – Meteorologist; Greg MarshallMarine biologist and filmmaker. Inventor of Crittercam; Cristina Mittermeier – Contributing Photographer, Speaker, and Explorer for National Geographic; Sally Murray – Daughter of LMC Founder, Eleanor Fletcher; Susan Murray – Oceana Deputy Vice President U.S. Pacific, Granddaughter of LMC Founder, Eleanor Fletcher; Paul Nicklen – Acclaimed National Geographic Photographer, Biologist and Conservationist; Jim Toomey – Former Mission Blue Executive Director, Creator of Sherman’s Lagoon Comic Strip; and Dr. Edith Widder – Ocean Research & Conservation Association.

The Go Blue Awards program was created to recognize individuals and businesses that directly or indirectly support LMC’s mission to promote conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. Previous Go Blue Award recipients include Dr. Guy Harvey, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation; Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue; Hardy Jones - Executive Director,; Nathaniel Reed, Everglades Foundation; Dr. Edith Widder, Ocean Research & Conservation Association; Florida Power & Light Company; Gary Adkison, U.S. Shark Foundation; International Game Fish Association; and Coral Restoration Foundation.

Please note, there are no refunds or exchanges for purchased tickets. All sales are final.