Each year at our Sustainable Seafood Gala, SDOF celebrates and honors the influential San Diegans who have made a significant contribution to man’s ability to coexist with the marine environment. These leading individuals, businesses, and community groups promote ocean stewardship and inspire others to follow in their paths.The winners of the Ocean Leadership Awards will be VIP guests at our Annual Sustainable Seafood Gala during the spring, receive an additional complimentary ticket and will be presented with the award on stage at the event. For more information, visit: www.oceansbenefit.org
Nominations for the Ocean Leadership Awards are now closed.



Business of the Year:A San Diego business that engages in socially and environmentally responsible business practices, devises environmentally sustainable solutions to economic challenges, and serves as a role model for the community.
Community Group of the Year:A San Diego community group or club that has made a significant impact in enhancing the marine environment, protecting sensitive marine resources, and promoting community involvement by inspiring, motivating, and educating others.


A member, teen, and youth of the San Diego community who strives to provide solutions to environmental challenges, advocates a better understanding of marine ecosystems, and engages in sustainable practices so we can continue enjoying our oceans.

Community Member of the Year

Teen of the Year (9th – 12th grade)
Youth of the Year (K – 8th grade)
2013 Ocean Leadership Award Winners

Business of the Year:

Port of San Diego: Environment & Land Use Department


Community Group of the Year:

Marine Ecology and Biology Student Association


Community Member of the Year:

Herb Gruenhagen


Volunteer of the Year:

Kerri Ewing


Young Scientist of the Year:

Justin Todd


Past Ocean Leadership Award Recipients 2012:

Hornblower Cruises & Events
Business of the Year

Slow Food Urban San Diego
Community Group of the Year

Harold Dorr
Community Member of the Year

Joshua Antus
Volunteer of the Year

Nilay Shah
Young Scientist of the Year