Award winners have been announced for the 2018 Marine Environmental Awards!

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

 


Ben Raines is an environmental journalist and filmmaker. A longtime newspaper reporter, Raines has won more than two dozen national and regional awards for his coverage of environmental issues and natural wonders in Alabama and on the Gulf Coast, and coauthored several peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals. He wrote and directed The Underwater Forest, an award-winning film about the exploration of a 70,000-year-old cypress forest found off the Alabama coast. Raines also wrote and produced the documentary America’s Amazon, which has aired on PBS stations around the country and been distributed to public schools across Alabama. His underwater film work has appeared in documentaries on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic TV. Raines co-authored the book Heart of a Patriot with U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, which chronicled Cleland’s journey from triple amputee to the Senate. Ben is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in filmmaking, and is a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain, giving tours of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and Alabama’s barrier islands. He lives with his wife and son in Fairhope, Ala.

 

 

 

 

 

Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Leadership Award‐Recognizes an organization whose efforts have resulted in the improvement of marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region.  Leave only Footprints

 

 

 

 

In response to concerns related to the growing problem of beach litter and debris, the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach adopted new policies in 2015 which expanded maintenance responsibilities and increased enforcement powers on area beaches. To ensure the safety and cleanliness of area beaches and the protection of natural resources, the new program required that:

 

  • All personal items must be removed from the beach daily. 
  • Any personal property left on the beach one hour after sunset would be removed and disposed of overnight.

 

 

These new policies built upon programs initiated by both cities to reduce litter, promote recycling and increase environmental awareness. Through an island-wide communications effort, the cities, along with Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, lodging managers and the entire tourism industry, expended all available efforts to inform guests of the new  policies and to educate the public on their environmental and sustainability benefits. 

 

The program represents a tremendous investment of resources in implementing the program, which has successfully removed thousands of pounds of debris from beaches and continues to change the habits of those enjoying our most popular coastal resource.

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Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation

Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon

November 6, 2018

The Battle House Renaissance

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Marine Environmental Award for an Individual

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

2017 Recipient: Don Bates

2016 Recipient: Sam St. John

2015 Recipient: Andrew Saunders

2014 Recipient: Ann Bedsole

2013 Recipient: Skipper Tonsmeire

2012 Recipient: Russell Ladd, III

Marine Environmental Award For an Organization

Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Leadership Award‐Recognizes an organization whose efforts have resulted in the improvement of marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region.

2017 Recipient: Share the Beach

2016 Recipient: Alabama Coastal Foundation

2015 Recipient: John Borom Alabama Coastal Birdfest

2014 Recipient: Mobile Big Game Fishing Club

2013 Recipient: Dog River Clearwater Revival

2012 Recipient: South Mobile County ExxonMobil