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2021 OCEANA Ocean Hero Awards #551007
06/22/21 11:32 AM
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NOMINATE YOUR 2021 OCEAN HERO TODAY

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Oceana Ocean Hero Award. This award recognizes and celebrates individuals who go above and beyond to ensure the protection of our oceans.

Have someone in mind? Submit here: https://bit.ly/3vLutEL

DEADLINE: July 31st, 2021

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Oceana's Virtual 2021 Ocean Hero Awards Presentation
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 AT 7:30 PM

Be a part of this year's virtual Ocean Hero Awards!

Every year, Oceana's Ocean Hero Awards is a night of celebration where we recognize exceptional accomplishments in ocean conservation, advocacy, and education.

Join us on Wednesday, September 29th at 7:30 PM via Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/OceanaInBelize/) as we celebrate the individuals who exemplify what it means to be an Ocean Hero.

Though events continue to look different this year, we are happy for the opportunity to connect with all our sensational supporters virtually.

Register to get all the updates and be notified when we go live.

We hope you can be a part of the celebration - see you there!


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09/27/21 04:45 AM
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Every year Oceana celebrates leaders in ocean conservation, advocacy, and education.

Join us on Wednesday, September 29th at 7:30 PM via FB live for our 2021 Virtual Ocean Hero Awards! Click https://fb.me/e/16nyLEqi7 to register and be notified when the event goes live!

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09/29/21 05:12 AM
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Today at 7:30pm. Join us as we announce our 2021 awardees and celebrate the individuals who embody the valiant spirit we have come to know in an Ocean Hero.

Join us on Wednesday, September 29th at 7:30PM via Facebook Live as we celebrate the incredible individuals who exemplify what it means to be an Ocean Hero.

https://www.facebook.com/OceanaInBelize/

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09/30/21 03:52 AM
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Join us as we announce our 2021 awardees and celebrate the individuals who embody the valiant spirit we have come to know in an Ocean Hero. TUNE IN NOW to our 2021 Virtual Ocean Hero Awards!


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09/30/21 09:57 AM
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Last night we premiered our virtual Ocean Hero Awards 2021, where we honored outstanding Belizeans, Chef Jennie Staines and Kevin Andrewin, for their invaluable contributions to marine conservation.⁣

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Congratulations to San Pedro's Very Own Jennie Staines one of the two recipients of Oceana Belize's Ocean Hero Awards 2021. She, along with Kevin Andrewin, were awarded for their invaluable contributions to marine conservation.⁣
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Congratulations again to our 2021 Ocean Heroes!

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Born and raised in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Jennie Staines has always been connected to the sea. Starting out in her family’s restaurant business straight out of high school, Jennie has spent her life dedicated to the culinary arts and to elevating Belizean cuisine locally and internationally. Now, as the head chef at her family’s renowned restaurant, Elvi's Kitchen, Jennie uses her extensive knowledge of fish and seafood, along with her purchasing power to advocate for the responsible sourcing of seafood and for stronger fisheries laws and their enforcement. For over a decade, Staines has worked alongside fisherfolk across the country to promote responsible seafood sourcing, including the creation of her own crab claws project to harvest stone crabclaws in the most sustainable way possible. As a leading participant in the Fish Right, Eat Right program since its inception, Chef Jennie continues to work tirelessly toward a sustainable seafood industry in Belize.



Since the early 90s, Kevin Andrewin has dedicated his life to working with sea turtles and manatees in his home village of Gales Point Manatee. Now, decades later, he works alongside his wife and kids to educate others, both locally and internationally, about turtle and manatee conservation in Belize. Most notably, in his role as Chair of the Gales Point Wildlife Sanctuary, Andrewin has partnered with the Marymount University to lead the Hawksbill Hope program that uses satellite tags to track the movement of hawksbill turtles nesting in Belize. Kevin’s commitment to protecting both manatees and sea turtles over the years can be seen in his community, where marine conservation and preservation has become a way of life.

Visit https://www.hawksbillhope.org to learn more about how you can help to protect sea turtles in Belize.


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Heroes of the High Seas

Tonight, two extraordinary Belizeans, a Chef and a Marine Conservationist have been named OCEANA's Newest OCEAN HEROES.

Now, San Pedrana Jennie Stanies and Gales Point Manatee villager Kevin Andrewin will get to use OCEANA's platforms to continue their marine-based outreach and advocacy.

Tonight we bring you just a sampling of both of their extraordinarily inspiring stories.



Staines and Andrewin were recognized during OCEANA's 11th annual award ceremony held virtually on Wednesday September 29th.

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Jennie Staines and Kevin Andrewin are 2021’s Ocean Heroes

The eleventh annual Ocean Heroes Award ceremony was held virtually on Wednesday night where a well-known chef and a marine conservationist were recognized by Oceana Belize for their continued work as protectors of the sea.  Jennie Staines, a San Pedrano, and Kevin Andrewin, chairman of Gales Point Wildlife Sanctuary, are the proud recipients of this year’s awards.  Since its inception in 2009, the Oceana Ocean Hero Awards has honored quite a number of persons for exemplary work in ocean conservation, advocacy and education.  News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

If you’ve ever dined at Elvi’s Kitchen in San Pedro, chances are that you may have come across Jennie Staines inside her family business on Pescador Drive. Jennie’s foray into the world of food and cooking began after high school. Since then she has dedicated her life to culinary arts and promoting Belizean cooking style at home and abroad. Jennie’s broad knowledge of fish and seafood helps her to support the responsible sourcing of seafood, as well as advocating for stronger fisheries laws and enforcement.

Jennie Staines, Recipient, Ocean Hero Award

“An Ocean Hero, to me, is someone who does something positive for the ocean and the environment, helping out in any way or form to protect our water. Becoming an Ocean Hero would mean so much to m, it would definitely show the hard work I’ve put over the years in teaching people to fish responsibly and that would mean so much to me because it’s been thirty-five years of trying to do something for our waters.”

Staines has worked closely with fisherfolk across the country, for over ten years, advocating for responsible seafood sourcing, including the creation of her own crab claws project to harvest stone crab claws in the most environmental and sustainable manner possible.

Oscar Pinelo, Son/Manager, Elvi’s Kitchen

“I just think back to her, almost like foresight, in seeing how scarce seafood could become and how poorly things were done back then, to seeing where it’s come to now and so when I think back to that day, it’s just something that always jumps out to me since she was really so passionate about it from such an early time.”

In Gales Point Manatee, Kevin Andrewin devotes his time to working with sea turtles and manatees. The conservation of these marine creatures is a labor of love. As chair of the Gales Point Wildlife Sanctuary, he has teamed up with Marymount University to head up a program that uses satellite tags to track the movement of hawksbill turtles next along the coast of Belize.

Kevin Andrewin, Recipient, Ocean Hero Award

“The journey that led me to my passion today is because I grew up with these animals around me and I always look at them and want to learn more. One of the things that started most was when we talked about going into tourism and we have to have something to offer, something to share, something to show people. Our turtle-tagging when it started, first we were protecting nests, gathering information, but to me that wasn’t enough. We didn’t see much so we decided to tag and put on satellite tagging that will give more information and we will learn more about the animal migration pattern, how far they go, when they return back to nest, will give us better information and they we will have accurate data to show and then more people can help monitoring these species.”

Jamal Galvez, a fellow marine conservationist, acknowledges Andrewin’s impact in promoting the protection of wildlife, not only in his home village but across the country.

Jamal Galvez, Program Coordinator, Belize Manatee Conservation Program

“He’s really the backbone of this village, so to speak, as it relates to protecting and safeguarding what is here.  If you can see, Gales Point is one of the most pristine places, not just by accident.  He has been a part of conservation for almost his entire life.  He took the time to teach and mold the young generation in teaching them the idea of conservation and preservation because he knows that if we don’t do that, we probably better teach them survival.”

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