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The finalists of the 2018 Ocean Awards

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Public Awareness Ocean Award 2018

The Public Awareness Award finalists

This award recognises the individual or group that has done the most this year to advance public understanding of marine conservation issues, be it through the mainstream media, art forms, in schools, or through campaigning.

Criteria: Nominees for this award must have initiated activities that have had a demonstrable impact on the public understanding of an important ocean issue (or issues), or seen a significant milestone in a previously implemented activity. Be this documentary makers, journalists etc.

The finalists are:

  • Microbeads Campaign, Sarah Baulch on behalf of, Environmental Investigation Agency UK, Fauna and Flora International, Greenpeace UK and the Marine Conservation Society
  • A Plastic Ocean, Jo Ruxton, Plastic Oceans
  • Blue Planet II, James Honeyborne and the Blue Planet Team, BBC

Microbeads Campaign,Sarah Baulch on behalf of: Environmental Investigation Agency UK, Fauna and Flora International, Greenpeace UK and the Marine Conservation Society

Plastic microbeads are polluting the oceans and ultimately end up in the food chain. Phasing out their use in household products would significantly reduce marine plastic litter. The Environmental Investigation Agency UK, Fauna and Flora International, Greenpeace UK and the Marine Conservation Society launched the Microbeads Coalition campaign, calling for the UK Government to implement a microbeads ban. It has committed to implementing a ban on microbeads in personal care products. Manufacture of products covered by this ban will be required to end by 1st January 2018, with the ban on sale coming into force on 30th June 2018.


A Plastic Ocean,Jo Ruxton, Plastic Oceans

Jo has worked tirelessly to produce and promote the film, ‘A Plastic Ocean’ which gives an accurate account of the state of our oceans and how the scourge of plastic waste is threatening all oceans as well as the marine life that lives there. She has worked mostly without pay but never gave up because the message was so important. Promotion has involved speaking to school children, public groups and corporations to help spread the message across 60 countries. The film she initiated and worked on for eight years is making a difference to all who watch it.


Blue Planet II,James Honeyborne and the Blue Planet Team, BBC

Bettering Blue Planet was always going to be a challenge for the team working on Blue Planet II. As series producer for Blue Planet II, James Honeyborne had a lot to live up to but has exceeded expectations on many levels, overseeing the whole package.

Blue Planet II is superb storytelling, bringing extraordinary stories from our ocean into the living rooms of millions and imparting a vital message – that we humans must address the threats to the global ocean.


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