Do you know someone who has made a big difference in the health and protection of the world's oceans? Nominate them for this year's Ocean Hero award from Oceana.  

Nominees for Oceana’s Ocean Heroes Award can be youths or adults who are making an impact in ocean conservation, whether fighting pollution, protecting marine life or fundraising for the oceans in creative ways.

Last year's Ocean Hero in the adult division was Jay Holcomb, director emeritus of the International Bird Rescue Research Center, who has spent the past 24 years rescuing seabirds and wildlife from oil spills.

The junior Ocean Hero award went to a group of students known as the Shark Finatics from the Green Chimneys School in Brewster, N.Y. They were nominated for their efforts raising money for shark research and their direct advocacy for shark conservation.

“Having my students win this award last year was like a dream come true,” said Robin Culler, the Green Chimneys School teacher who inspired her students to become shark advocates. “Oceana’s award was a signature moment for a lot of these kids — it gave them incredible pride and confidence in their abilities, and not just in advocacy, but in all forms of communication.”

To nominate an Ocean Hero, learn more about last year’s heroes and read the official contest rules visit the contest page. Nominations for the adult and junior division are open to the public from March 30 until April 27, 2011.

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