Peter Benchley Ocean Awards - Retired in 2018

After a highly successful decade, the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards™ will be retired, said co-founders, Wendy Benchley and David Helvarg

The 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. 

We believe the work and leadership of our Benchley Award winners has helped propel a significant upsurge in support and momentum for ocean conservations around the globe. Their commitment to ocean excellence will continue to make our wondrous blue planet a safer, more resilient home for nature and humanity for generations to come.


To contact Co-Founder, Wendy Benchley, please email Wendy's Executive Assistant Mary Fritz,


To contact Co-Founder, David Helvarg, please email,