On November 6, 2015, marine conservationists of all kinds will be gathering in Palm Beach Gardens for an event of a lifetime… the Seventh Annual Go Blue Awards Luncheon. This is a beautiful event put on by Loggerhead Marinelife Center to “recognize businesses, non-profits and individuals who have promoted, implemented, or contributed to a “Blue” lifestyle of marine conservation.”
There are 5 categories for nomination, and our marine debris coordinator and conservation biologist, Katelyn Cucinotta, is one of only 8 finalists for the “Blue Friend of the Year Award.” This award is given to someone who has made significant contributions in marine conservation through work-related activities.
Some of the finalists Katelyn is up against include: Blair Mase, the Southeast Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator for NOAA National Marine Fisheries, Hannah Medd, founder of American Shark Conservancy, and Dr. John Moore of FAU’s Wilkes Honors College.
Nominations also include Dr. Sylvia Earle for the Eleanor Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award and Go Pro as a Blue Business of the Year.
Past winners of the “Blue Friend of the Year Award” include Captain Rich Brochu, founder of the Florida Fishing Academy, and Marty Baum, the Indian Riverkeeper for Indian River Lagoon.
If you’re interested in reading more, or would like to attend the luncheon, please see this website : http://www.marinelife.org/goblue .