About the Benchley Awards

The Peter Benchley Ocean Awards™ were founded on the idea that individuals across every field of marine discipline are doing outstanding work—providing solutions to the challenges faced by our ocean, coastlines, and wildlife—and they need to 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 innovative ocean solutions. 

The Peter Benchley Ocean Awards are moving forward in partnership with the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP). This collaboration underscores our collective commitment to ocean conservation, expanding both the reach and impact of these distinguished awards.






To contact Co-Founder, Wendy Benchley, please email Wendy's Executive Assistant Mary Fritz, mary@wendybenchley.com


To contact Co-Founder, David Helvarg, please email, helvarg@bluefront.org