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Posted: Thursday, July 9, 2020. 2:16 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ocean Hero Awards began in 2009 as a way for Oceana to recognize and celebrate exceptional accomplishments in ocean conservation, advocacy, and education.

Every year, Oceana recognizes individuals who exemplify this heroic spirit.  They are continually impressed and inspired by the work of all of their incredible nominees and finalists.

There’s no lack of diversity within the pool of Ocean Heroes. Nominees have come from all over the country and have made many different kinds of contributions to Belize’s marine resources.

Here are some past winners:

2012: Lionel “Chocolate” Heredia & Evan “Mose” Hyde

2013: Dr. Melanie McField

2014: Lisa Carne & Jamal Galves

2015: Miguel Alamilla & Romauldo “Romi” Badillo

2016: Janet Gibson & Wil Maheia

2017: Luz Hunter & Madison Edwards

2018: Earl David Jr. & Michael ‘Mike’ Heusner

2019: Dale Fairweather & Guadalupe Lampella

Oceana Belize announced that nominations are now open for the 2020 Oceana Ocean Hero Award.

This award recognizes and celebrates individuals who go above and beyond to ensure the protection of our oceans.

The award is open to individuals throughout Belize with interests in the ocean including:

  • Teaching and education
  • On-ground conservation, restoration and rehabilitation work
  • Project work
  • Private or individual research


Oceana accepts Ocean Hero nominees from 13 years or older and the deadline for submission is July 31st, 2020.


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