DISLF Announces Marine Environmental Award Winners

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation is proud to announce the Awardees for the 2016 Marine Environmental Awards:

 Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Excellence Award-Recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region.

Sam St John

Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Leadership Award-Recognizes a business or organization whose efforts have resulted in the improvement of marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region.

Alabama Coastal Foundation

Sam St. John

Sam St. John serves as President and CEO of Logical Computer Solutions in Mobile and is a lifelong resident of this area. Sam has displayed his true passion for our environment through his active involvement in organizations such as the Fowl River Area Civic Association, Muddy Water Watch, Coastal Conservation Association, and by serving on both the Alabama Coastal Foundation and Mobile Baykeeper Boards. In addition to his civic commitments, Sam has bought and placed osprey platforms along Fowl River, built and distributed wood duck boxes to all his neighbors up and down the river, and helped plant cypress trees throughout the Fowl River watershed.

 In his free time, Sam enjoys flying, and we are fortunate he shares his enthusiasm of the environment with us through his photography. With his own airplane and photographic equipment, he provides aerial photos of coastal Alabama to a number of governmental, as well as nongovernmental organizations.  These photographs are very helpful in following the progress of ongoing restoration projects as well as monitoring the long-term condition of completed ones. These routine overflights have also helped with watershed planning and are used by scientists to spot specific schools of fish and mammals. It is important to note Sam makes these photographs available to the public on his website, www.flythecoast.com, and he refuses to accept any compensation for these services.

Alabama Coastal Foundation

 Founded in 1993, the Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with the mission to improve and protect Alabama’s coastal environment through cooperation, education, and participation. Using the philosophy of inclusive environmental stewardship, ACF seeks common ground among citizens, businesses, governmental entities, and non-profit groups to facilitate mutually beneficial solutions.

 ACF offers important K-12 and adult education programs including the Mobile Bay Middle School Estuary Corps which they conduct in partnership with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program. ACF's education and volunteer engagement activities inspire and empower current and future leaders to address Alabama’s environmental challenges. For more information about ACF's programs and how to volunteer, please visit www.joinACF.org

Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon 2016

Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon: The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation will host the Fifth Annual Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon on Tuesday November 1, 2016, from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm at the Renaissance Battle House Hotel. This will be a wonderful luncheon featuring award-wining Scientist, Dr. Sylvia Earle. Awards will also be presented to an individual and a business or organization that have made outstanding contributions to marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region.

Click here to make a reservation for the luncheon.

Regions Bank Sponsors Awards Luncheon

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation is proud to announce that Regions Bank will be the sponsor for  the Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon 2016.

Dr Sylvia Earle to be Keynote Speaker at MEAL

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Photo: Sylvia Earle

Photograph by Becky Hale

National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon.  Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and first "Hero for the Planet" by Time magazine, is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer. She has experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and nonprofit organizations, including the Kerr McGee Corporation, Dresser Industries, Oryx Energy, the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Ocean Futures.

Formerly chief scientist of NOAA, Earle is the founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance, and chair of the Advisory Councils of the Harte Research Institute and the Ocean in Google Earth. She has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, M.S. and PhD. from Duke University, and 22 honorary degrees. She has authored more than 190 scientific, technical, and popular publications; lectured in more than 80 countries; and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions.

 Earle has led more than a hundred expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970; participating in ten saturation dives, most recently in July 2012; and setting a record for solo diving in 1,000-meter depth. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation, and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.

Her special focus is on developing a global network of areas on the land and in the ocean to safeguard the living systems that provide the underpinnings of global processes, from maintaining biodiversity and yielding basic life support services to providing stability and resiliency in response to accelerating climate change.

Citing Source:  ExplorersBio National Geographic http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/sylvia-earle/

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