Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera

Islands and Island Nations 2016 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Puerto Rico
  • Marine Conservation

Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera helped lead a successful campaign to establish a nature reserve in Puerto Rico’s Northeast Ecological Corridor—an important nesting ground for the endangered leatherback sea turtle—and protect the island’s natural heritage from harmful development.

Jean Wiener

Jean Wiener

Islands and Island Nations 2015 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Haiti
  • Marine Conservation

In a country plagued by extreme poverty and political instability, Jean Wiener led community efforts to establish the nation’s first Marine Protected Areas by empowering Haitians to see the long-term value in sustainably managing fisheries and mangrove forests.

Howard Wood

Howard Wood

Europe 2015 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Scotland
  • Marine Conservation

Howard Wood spearheaded a campaign that established the first community-developed Marine Protected Area in Scotland, giving citizens a voice in a debate that has been dominated by the commercial fishing industry.

Randall Arauz

South and Central America 2010 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Costa Rica
  • Marine Conservation

Drawing international attention to the inhumane and environmentally catastrophic shark finning industry, Randall Arauz led the campaign to halt the practice in Costa Rica, making his country an international model for shark protection.

Bruno Van Peteghem

Islands and Island Nations 2001 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • New Caledonia
  • Marine Conservation

Bruno Van Peteghem worked against time and mining interests to protect New Caledonia’s reefs from destruction. On a fragile island where environmental regulations do not exist, he has confronted severe intimidation including the suspicious burning of his home.

Jorge Varela

South and Central America 1999 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Honduras
  • Marine Conservation

Cofounder of a wetlands protection organization, Jorge Varela advocated for sustainable shrimping to protect ecosystems in the Gulf of Fonseca, where commercial shrimping destroys mangrove forests and poisons estuaries.

Bernard Martin

North America 1999 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Canada
  • Marine Conservation

Recognizing the need to prevent a repeat of the 1992 collapse of fish stocks, Bernard Martin advocated for lower fishing quotas and Marine Protected Areas to stem the decimation by factory trawlers in the once abundant Grand Banks.

Hirofumi Yamashita

Asia 1998 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Japan
  • Marine Conservation

For 25 years, Hirofumi Yamashita fought a reclamation project in Isahaya Bay, one of the world’s richest wetlands, forcing the government to scale back the massive dike and reassess the reclamation’s environmental costs.

Noah Idechong

Islands and Island Nations 1995 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Palau
  • Marine Conservation

Noah Idechong protected Palau’s rich coral reefs and fisheries from development by creating an innovative model that integrates modern and traditional practices.

Janet Gibson

South and Central America 1990 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Belize
  • Marine Conservation

Janet Gibson helped establish the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Central America's first marine reserve, to protect the barrier reef off Belize, one of the world's largest coral reefs.

Pisit Charnsnoh

Asia 2002 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • Thailand
  • Marine Conservation

Pisit Charnsnoh's work has led to the restoration and protection of the mangroves and improved yields for local fishers. As a result, the Thai government has allowed local sustainable management of environmental resources.

Bill Ballantine

Islands and Island Nations 1996 Goldman Prize Recipient

  • New Zealand
  • Marine Conservation

Bill Ballantine established unprecedented “no-take” marine reserves in New Zealand and promoted the concept internationally to protect vital resources that are quietly but quickly being depleted around the world.

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