Promoting ocean stewardship, since 1984

2012 Celebrity Chefs
Andrew Spurgin
Gala Culinary Chair
Aaron LaMonica

Bernard Guillas

Chad White

Jeff Roberto

Jeff Rossman

Katherine Humphus


Mitch Conniff


Nanami Koshiba & Shihomi Borillo


Olivier Bioteau


Paul Arias


Tommy Fraioli

Tommy Gomes


Zuric Ramirez


James Rauh & Paul Reizen


Lucien Conner



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Oceans for the Future

The 27th Annual Oceans Benefit Gala was a huge success!

Thank you to everyone who participated!

The 2012 Gala, hosted at SeaWorld’s Turtle Reef and Shark Encounter exhibits, brought together highly acclaimed local celebrity chefs, Scripps Institution of Oceanography graduate students, local fishermen, Art Institute culinary students, and the community to learn how each of us can make positive choices that benefit our oceans. With 14 delicious sustainable seafood tastings, amazing cocktails, and stimulating conversation, the Gala was a huge success!


Congratulations 2012 Ocean Leadership Award Winners


Business of the Year: Hornblower Cruises & Events

Hornblower is committed to helping keep our beautiful bay preserved and is driven to lead this business (successful charter boat business with 7 passenger vessels) in a responsible and green manner. Hornblower believes going green isn’t a business decision that is limited only to land. Hornblower participates in the Green Business Challenge, which promotes business practices that reduce energy consumption, water use and waste, as well as prevent pollution. Hornblower also launched an eco-friendly boating experience with its daily “green harbor tour.”

Hornblower is also voluntarily participating in the Port’s EPA-funded Alternative Hull Paint study and connects to shore power when docked to reduce polluting air emissions from the ships since electricity from the grid is much cleaner than electricity generated from diesel engines/ Hornblower’s parent company also invented the first plug-in hybrid boat for the state of California, which is based in San Francisco. The company hopes to make the Adventure Hornblower San Diego’s first hybrid in the next few years.


Community Group of the Year: Slow Food Urban San Diego

Slow Food Urban San Diego seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in our local food system. Their mission is to reconnect Urban San Diegans with each other, rediscover food traditions and cultural heritage and educate our community about the plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. In addition, they support the mission, tenets, programs, and values of Slow Food USA. They seek to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.

Check it out!


Community Member of the Year: Harold Dorr

Harold Dorr is an inspiring educator with a seep passion for ocean stewardship. Harold is an award winning science teacher at Mt. Camel High School. He is also a former President and board member for SDOF. Harold incorporates SDOF research programs into his classroom education with an inspiring, hands-on approach. if you as any of his students, they will all agree that his dedication to science is contagious.


Volunteer of the Year: Josh Antus

Josh started volunteering for SDOF’s programs in 2008 and has been unflaggingly devoted ever since. Going above and beyond the average duties of a volunteer, Josh makes himself available to monitor our white seabass program, restore wetlands, participate in special events, and take an active role in our fundraisers. Thank you Josh!


Young Scientist of the Year: Nilay Shah

Nilay Shah, a 7th grade middle school student from Wangenheim Middle School, presented his science fair project, “What is the Decomposition Rate of Polylactic Acid in Ocean Water?” at the Greater San Diego Science Fair. SDOF was impressed with his project and passion for ocean stewardship.


Partner of the Year: SeaWorld San Diego



Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Professors Jen Smith and Stuart Sandin

Graduate Students: Emily Kelly, Lis Cordner, Kristin Anderson, Maggie Johnson, Clint Edwards , Levi Lewis, Brian Zglizcynski, Lindsay Bonito, Rachel Morrison, Amanda Carter, Grant Galland, Noah Ben-Aderet, Kate Furby, Jill Harris, Susan Kram, Nichole Price, Gareth Williams


Vesper Vineyards


Chris Broomell and Alysha Stehyl

Ballast Point Brewing Company


Ballast Point Fugu Vodka


Specialty Produce

Amanda Wright, Rachel Helmer, Kate Singer, Dana Chaldekas


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