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The finalists of the 2018 Ocean Awards

The finalists of the 2018 Ocean Awards

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Visionary Ocean Award 2018

The Visionary Award finalists

This award recognises the individual or group that have taken the lead on globally- significant actions for the benefit of ocean health. The winner of this award will have shown consistent leadership and vision on ocean issues, going above and beyond others in their commitment to protecting marine life. This can include important policy initiatives and the people behind them.

Criteria: Nominees for this award must have a demonstrable track record of leadership on marine issues. They must either have initiated or taken a lead in influencing a globally-significant effort for the benefit of the ocean, or seen a significant milestone in a previously initiated effort.

The finalists are:

  • Kristina Gjerde, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, High Seas and Deep Seas Specialist
  • Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu, Kenyan Government Minister, National Plastic Bag
  • The Last Ocean, Campaign to Protect The Ross Sea

Kristina Gjerde, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, High Seas and Deep Seas Specialist

For many years, Kristina Gjerde has worked tirelessly advocating the need for a legal instrument to manage the oceans and seabed beyond national jurisdiction and provide protection for high seas biodiversity. Kristina's work has been instrumental in influencing the decision to develop an international legally-binding instrument, under the UN Law of the Sea Convention and in triggering transformation of high seas marine protected areas from a theoretical concept to a practical tool. Kristina has also co-founded a number of initiatives focused on protection of high seas biodiversity including the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative and the Sargasso Sea Alliance.



Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu, Kenyan Government Minister, National Plastic Bag

Professor Judi Wakhungu is the Cabinet Secretary of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources for Kenya. She was nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 25th April 2013. As Minister she has overseen the introduction of a new law banning plastic bags which came into force on 28th August 2017. The law, which is considered one of the strictest in the world, means that anyone found selling, manufacturing or carrying them could face fines of up to $38,000 or prison sentences of up to four years. The law was announced in February giving 6 months for people to adept and was the third attempt at introducing such a law, there having been previous attempts in 2007 and 2011. Kenya follows Rwanda’s banning of single use plastic bags in 2008 and is now considered to have been highly successful. There has been much debate about the impacts on those employed in making plastic bags and the Minister has consistently argued that there will be economic benefits as well as environmental benefits stemming from the new law.

The Last Ocean, Campaign to Protect The Ross Sea

The Last Ocean project catalysed the global campaign to obtain a marine protected area in the Ross Sea in Antarctica. It took many years to achieve the Ross Sea MPA and multiple actors - individuals, NGOs and Governments - contributed but it was the small team who coined the term The Last Ocean for the Ross Sea who had the vision and inspired many significant others with that vision. John Weller and Peter Young created films and photos that were a huge asset in promoting the need for protection, and spent significant time speaking to the public as well as policymakers to raise awareness. Their efforts brought the beauty and fragility of this remote place to life and made the urgency of protection tangible even to those who had never seen it. Their work was vital to the success of the campaign.


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