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2022 Ocean Awards – Help Our Kelp

Posted on: April 12th, 2022

We are incredibly proud to share the news that our Help Our Kelp Campaign film has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Public Awareness Award in the 2022 Ocean Awards.

The Ocean Awards are a partnership between Blue Marine Foundation and BOAT International. They exist to recognise and celebrate the work of individuals, community groups, organisations and businesses dedicated to restoring the health of our oceans.

The Public Awareness award recognises the individual or group that has done the most this year to advance marine conservation objectives, including public literacy about marine conservation issues, be it through campaigning and advocacy, the mainstream media, art forms, or educational programmes.

The Help Our Kelp film was created alongside a campaign to raise awareness of the depleting kelp forest and rally enthusiasm for a new byelaw to prohibit trawling in the area.

Kelp once stretched along 40 km of the West Sussex coastline, providing vital habitat, nursery and feeding grounds for many marine species and locking up huge quantities of carbon. Since 1987 however, over 96 per cent of Sussex’s kelp had been destroyed due to years of destructive trawling and other human pressures.

The restoration of kelp has been a passion piece of our founder, Sarah Cunliffe, for many years. In just a few weeks, she and the team created a film to tell the story of the loss of that underwater forest.

We have been nominated alongside some incredible programmes, projects and people – you can read about all the awards and nominees on the BMF website.

For more information read this article from Oceanographic Magazine.

The winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony on 4th May 2022.