Whether for the love of surfing or sea turtles, many environmentalists draw their eco-activist inspiration from our oceans — and ocean-friendly nonprofit Oceana wants to reward Ocean Heroes.

This second annual Ocean Hero contest is seeking eco-superheros young and old. Simply nominate yourself, your friend, your neighborhood activist, or even your kid — a Junior category’s been added for those younger than 18 — at Oceana.org/heroes. Finalists selected by Oceana will get a Nautica gift certificate, and their stories will be featured on Oceana’s website, where people will be able to vote for the most compelling heroics. Winners will get a free trip to L.A. for the “Oceana World Oceans Day with Nautica and GQ” event on World Oceans Day, June 8 — in addition to a $500 gift card from Nautica.

The bar’s set high for the title of Ocean Hero. Last year’s winner was John Halas, a marine biologist who not only developed a reef buoy mooring system but also had it installed it in nearly 40 countries around. The Oceana site features many sweet ocean-friendly stories, though, like the one of 12-year-old Casey Sokolovic who baked cookies and sold organic coffee to raise money for a sea turtle rescue.

Get your nominations in by April 18! I’ll be nominating Sara Bayles, a friend and local oceans activist who has been cleaning up Santa Monica Beach. Sara plans to spend 20 minutes on 365 non-consecutive days picking up trash at the same spot on Santa Monica beach — documenting her efforts, and the amassed trash, at The Daily Ocean blog. So far, Sara’s collected 425.3 pounds in 106 days!

Who is your Ocean Hero?
Know an activist who's been working to keep our oceans pretty? Nominate them for Oceana's Ocean Hero award.