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Meet The Judges of the Ocean Awards 2020

Meet The Judges of the Ocean Awards 2020

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Sacha Bonsor

Ocean Awards co-chair & Boat International editorial director

Now in it's fifth year, The Ocean Awards recognise those that are committed to solving the ocean crisis. It is held in partnership with BLUE Marine Foundation, one of the UK’s leading ocean conservation charities. The results will be be announced in the June 2020 issue of BOAT International.

We introduce our esteemed panel of judges, who will choose the winners of the 2020 Ocean Awards, with a Q&A.

Sacha Bonsor

Sacha Bonsor is the Editorial Director of BOAT International and a former editor at Harper’s Bazaar, The Times and the Daily Mail. Ocean conservation is one of the main pillars at the heart of BOAT's storytelling because, she says, “saving the sea is one of, if not the most, important issues facing humanity today, and it is also the thing that our audience cares about above all else.”

What measures has BOAT International taken to help protect the oceans?

We have done an enormous amount to help the oceans and will continue to do so. We launched the Ocean Awards five years ago, which we are celebrating shortly by announcing this year’s winners. We launched Ocean Talks three years ago, which brings closer together the yacht industry and the world of marine conservation, and we launched our Yachts for Science programme last year, which we hope will act as a Tinder-like service between yachts and scientists.

What single, practical act would you ask the public to take to help protect our oceans?

I think the most important challenge for anyone hoping to help save our ocean is one of communication. For the vast majority of people, the sea is a distant place, despite the fact that it takes up 70% of our planet, and so the threat of its diminishing health is not at the forefront of their mind. We all need to do our bit to communicate to those around us, in whatever way we can, that if the ocean is not kept healthy, it will directly impact our livelihoods, and that of our children and grandchildren.

Picture Credit: Tim Barker

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