Nominations Open for Florida’s Preeminent Ocean Conservation Awards

July 23, 2019 – Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s (LMC) Annual Go Blue Awards Luncheon recognizes and awards four individuals and one business or nonprofit that promote, implement or contribute to a “blue” lifestyle of marine conservation and make significant contributions to improve and protect our oceans, beaches and wildlife.  The Presenting Sponsor of the 11th Annual Go Blue Awards Luncheon is Manatee Lagoon an FPL Eco-Discovery Center.

This year, the event will feature renowned oceanographer and underwater explorer Dr. Robert Ballard as our keynote speaker. Dr. Ballard’s international notoriety stems from his 1985 discovery of the RMS Titanic shipwreck. With over 125 ocean explorations logged and as National Geographic’s Explorer-in-Residence, Dr. Ballard is among the most accomplished and well known of the world’s deep-sea explorers. He is also credited with discovering hydrothermal vents.

Dr. Ballard’s keynote presentation will take guests on a journey infused with innovation, exploration, and discovery while sharing his career insights on the evolving state of our world’s oceans.

“Dr. Ballard’s discovery of the Titanic is one of the most technically advanced expeditions ever led, and while the story of the Titanic has enchanted many, the insights from this discovery continue to educate us all about our ocean to this day,” said Jack E. Lighton LMC’s President and CEO.

Nominations are open to national and international candidates.  To nominate a person or business in one of the award categories, visit  Nominations close August 25. Finalists will be announced at the Blue Friends Society Social held in September.

An esteemed, independent panel of judges will select final candidates for the awards. Winners in each category are announced during the Go Blue Awards Luncheon at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach on Friday, October 25.

Go Blue Award nominations: 
Five Distinct Categories: 
-Lifetime Achievement: The Eleanor Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award 
-Volunteerism: The Blue Ambassador of the Year Award 
-Work/Career: The Blue Friend of the Year Award 
-Youth: The Blue Hatchling Youth Award 
-Business / Corporate: The Blue Business of the Year Award

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.

For more information about the Go Blue Awards Luncheon, to purchase tickets or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit

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