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About the Ocean Awards

The Ocean Awards was held in London on January 11. This exclusive awards evening celebrated individuals, companies, legislators and projects that have made outstanding contributions to the health of the oceans.

Nominations were sought for eight varied categories, open to any projects or work that took place between June 2015 and June 2016. Our esteemed Ocean Awards judges chose 17 finalists, and the winners, revealed at the event in January can be found here.

The Ocean Awards are held in partnership with Blue Marine Foundation, one of the UK’s leading ocean conservation charities, which shares our commitment to fixing the world’s largest solvable problem on the planet – the crisis in our oceans.

We all know that without the complex marine biodiversity provided by our oceans, we wouldn’t be here – and neither would the lifestyle we love or our many marine livelihoods. 71 per cent of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean, which produces more than half the oxygen we breathe, absorbs half the carbon dioxide we produce, regulates climate, supplies ecosystems and employs about 140 million people, including those in fishing, aquaculture, tourism and, yes, the yachting industry.

The sea also provides humankind with incalculable pleasure, whether swimming in it, looking at it or being on it. Yet the oceans are now under serious threat from irresponsible human activity, such as overfishing, coastal pollution and climate change. Luckily, this crisis presents the largest solvable environmental problem on the planet, and with decisive action studies show that it is reversible within 20 years.

There is no time to lose. Our aim is that the Ocean Awards become a regular event in the diaries of those who are passionate about improving the future of the oceans.

For more information about the work of Blue Marine Foundation, please visit their website bluemarinefoundation.com.

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