Guardians of the sea

The International SeaKeepers Society hosted its 2019 Founders Event, recognising those who strive to protect the seas.

06 November 2019


The International SeaKeepers Society hosted its 2019 Founders Event, a maritime masquerade to honour Amos Nachoum as the 2019 SeaKeeper of the Year Award Recipient, 2019 NextGen Awardee, Katherine Zacarian, and the 2018-19 Discovery Yacht Fleet.

The International SeaKeepers Society is a not-for-profit organisation focusing on the health of the world’s oceans and climate. SeaKeepers works with the boating and yachting community to take advantage of their unique potential in order to further marine research and to raise awareness about the issues our oceans face. The International SeaKeepers Society acts as a global catalyst working with governments, scientists, institutions, and other marine organisations to further its mission and to support sensible, achievable marine protection and restoration.

Nearly two hundred guests attended the annual Founders Event on Thursday 31 October, during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The gathering was held at a private waterfront property where guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner in a stunning setting.


A video presenting the 2019 SeaKeeper of the Year awardee, Amos Nachoum and 2019 Discovery Yacht missions was shared with guests which included scientist-led expedition highlights, citizen science trips, educational outreach programs, and community engagement events.

SeaKeepers leadership was in attendance, including Chairman Emeritus, Michael Moore, Chairman, Jay Wade, and Board Members Glen Allen and Mark Luther.

SeaKeepers honoured the following vessels from the Discovery Yacht Fleet and their respective representatives:

  • Andiamo and Shredder – Capt. Glen Allen
  • Archimedes – Capt. Chris Walsh
  • Catniss – Capt. Jalene Harney
  • Dorothea III – Capt. John Crupi
  • Julia – Capt. Morne Petersen
  • Merlin – Joanne Drake from Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef who accepted on behalf of Great Barrier Reef Legacy
  • SAM – Capt. Peter Molnar, for their generous contribution to and participation in the Discovery Yacht Program

Event highlights included Amos Nachoum’s acceptance remarks and his profile videos, Picture of His Life and BigAnimals Global Expeditions.

Following the night, SeaKeepers released a statement thanking major sponsors, including media partners Ocean Media, for their promotion during the lifetime of the event.


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