The International SeaKeepers Society announces this year’s winner of its SeaKeeper Award – The Sargasso Sea Alliance. This is the first time SeaKeepers has honored a group and not an individual. This is also the first time in 15 years the Bal de la Mer has been held outside of Monaco.
SeaKeepers selected The Sargasso Sea Alliance (SSA) for their extraordinary commitment to ocean conservation. David Shaw, the Founding Chair, along with Executive Committee members Richard Rockefeller, Howard Roe, Kirstina Gjerde, Derrick Binns and David Freestone will accept the 2013 SeaKeeper Award on behalf of the SSA.
The SSA was formed in 2010 under the leadership of the Government of Bermuda. Its mission is to preserve the ecologically significant Sargasso Sea. The Sargasso Sea is home to multitudes of threatened and endangered species including sea turtles, humpback and sperm whales, but remains largely unprotected. The SSA has taken giant strides to improve management and afford legal protection for this floating rainforest of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Bal de La Mer enjoys the support and prominent leadership of Event Chair, Skip Zimbalist, Founder & President of Active Interest Media and a remarkable Honorary Committee chaired by Patty Elkus, Founding Member of SeaKeepers. Honorary Committee members include Dr. Sylvia Earle, Fabien Cousteau, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Gary Jobson, Wendy Benchley, Dr. Walter Munk, and Zandra Rhodes, among others.
The event will be held at the St. Francis Yacht Club on Monday, September 9th in San Francisco. Guests will be treated to a special guest appearance by Al Jardine of The Beach Boys in honor of David Shaw and the SSA, to present Jardine’s new music video “Don’t Fight the Sea”.