About the Benchley Awards

The Peter Benchley Ocean Awards were founded on the idea that individuals across every field of marine endeavor were doing outstanding work—providing solutions to the challenges faced by our ocean, coastlines, and wildlife—and that they should be acknowledged and honored. Co-founded by Wendy Benchley and David Helvarg, and named in honor of Peter Benchley, author of Jaws and lifelong shark and ocean advocate, the Benchley Awards were established to recognize and celebrate the work and dedication of these individuals and to foster cross-discipline collaboration to expand on their ocean solutions. 

Over the past decade the Awards have recognized seventy-seven extraordinary ocean conservation champions. We believe the work and leadership of our Benchley winners has helped propel a significant upsurge in global support and momentum for ocean conservations over the past decade. After careful consideration we have decided to retire the Benchley Ocean Awards.

The Benchley Awards network of winners remains a thriving, collaborative network, and our hope is to convene them in the future to discuss other pioneering ‘solutions’ that can keep the ocean conservation agenda moving forward. 

Bravo to all our Award winners!