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Are you an ocean hero?

April 6th, 2011

They're looking for a hero — an Ocean Hero.

And there's got to be someone from the Hawaiian isles who fits that bill.

Oceana, an international organization in Washington DC focused on ocean conservation, is seeking nominations for its third annual Ocean Hero award. If you haven't heard of Oceana, you've probably heard of actor Ted Danson (formerly Sam Malone on "Cheers), who sits on the group's board of directors.

The search is on for "someone who has made a significant, ongoing contribution to ocean conservation," whether it be fighting pollution or protecting marine life. Who is our local Cousteau? Thus far, no one from Hawaii has been a finalist.

There's a Junior category (18 and younger) and an Adult category.

Not sure what an Ocean Hero is? Check out last year's list of finalists, which includes  a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences, a chef/restaurant owner, the author of  The Daily Ocean blog, and several inspiring high school students. It can also include a team or a group working towards a cause.


Jay Holcomb, Director Emeritus of the International Bird Rescue Research Center was selected as the 2010 adult Ocean Heroes winner. Photo courtesy Oceana.

Last year's adult Ocean Hero was Jay Holcomb, Director Emeritus of the International Bird Rescue Research Center which played a pivotal role in rescue efforts in the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill. The Shark Finatics — a group of students from the Green Chimneys School in Brewster, New York, advocating for shark conservation — were last year's Junior Ocean Heroes.

Contest winners receive a $500 gift card from Nautica, along with Revo sunglasses, while finalists receive a $100 gift card from Nautica. And bragging rights, of course.

Here are the contest rules.

Nominations are being accepted until April 27 at, and finalists will be put up for vote in May. Winners will be announced on June 8, World Oceans Day.

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