Save Our Shores, the leader in ocean awareness, advocacy, and citizen action on the Central Coast, is pleased to announce the recipients of their annual Ocean Hero awards.
The Save Our Shores 2012 Ocean Hero Award goes to Mark Stone, whose leadership authoring and passing Santa Cruz County’s single-use plastic bag ban led him to working with Save Our Shores on pollution prevention three years ago. An attorney at law since 1993, Mark was appointed, elected, and reelected as the Fifth District Supervisor for Santa Cruz County beginning in 2003. Mark represents Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Mateo Counties on the California Coastal Commission. Save Our Shores is honored to award Supervisor Mark Stone as their Ocean Hero of 2012.
The Save Our Shores 2012 Business of the Year Award goes to REI, whose environmental leadership on behalf of the ocean stamps them as an ocean champion for the Monterey Bay region. Save Our Shores chose REI for their continued support of SOS beach cleanups and Annual Coastal Cleanup Day, as well as their help expanding Save Our Shores’ advocacy efforts and Sanctuary Steward program into Monterey County. Because of REI Marina’s outreach to their customers, network and readers regarding the work of SOS, SOS often sees twice as many volunteers at their Monterey Monthly Beach Cleanups.
The 2012 Volunteer of the Year, Haig White, was announced and awarded at a previous Save Our Shores event in May. Haig is honored for his ongoing enthusiasm for ocean conservation and clean beaches, his many hours of service and excellence as a Save Our Shores Sanctuary Steward, and for usually bringing his lovely wife Sienna along for the ride.