Ocean Awards

Celebrating invaluable contributions to understanding, conserving, and communicating the diverse and irreplaceable aquatic ecosystems of western Canada and the species that inhabit them.

Event info

Date

Monday, April 1st 2019

Time

6:30 P.M.

Location

Vancouver Aquarium

Tickets

On Sale Now

About the awards

The Coastal Ocean Research Institute engages in research, reports on the health of coastal ocean ecosystems, and generates transformative knowledge on key ocean issues.  Before becoming one of the pillars of Ocean Wise in 2016, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre created the Murray A. Newman Awards in 1995 to mark the retirement of its founding director, Dr. Murray A. Newman. Throughout his 37 year career at the Vancouver Aquarium, Dr. Newman was a strong advocate for ocean research and conservation. 

 

Instituted in 2007, the Michael A. Bigg Award celebrates the life and scientific achievements of pioneering killer whale researcher Dr. Michael Bigg (1939-1990).

 

Recipients are honoured for their invaluable contributions to understanding, conserving, and communicating the diverse and irreplaceable aquatic ecosystems of western Canada and the species that inhabit them.

We will be presenting the following Awards:

Murray A. Newman Conservation Award

For highly significant recent work and/or an entire career of important, field-leading contributions in ocean conservation.

Murray A. Newman Research Award

For highly significant recent work and/or an entire career of important, field-leading contributions in ocean research.

Michael A. Bigg Award

For highly significant student research advancing knowledge related to the oceans.

Conservation and Research Communication Award

For highly significant recent work and/or an entire career of important contributions in media, journalism, and digital communications related to the ocean.

Conservation Leadership Award in Support of Corporate Responsibility

Award details

The Awards give priority to aquatic-related work conducted in British Columbia; however, B.C. residents involved in conservation and research efforts elsewhere are also eligible. While the theme for these awards pertains to oceans, nominations for outstanding work in freshwater ecosystems has also been considered. The Awards can recognize highly significant recent work, an entire career of important, field-leading contributions, or both.