The Sargasso Sea Alliance, an initiative partnered and hosted by IUCN, has been honoured with the 2013 International Seakeepers Award. This recognises the Alliance’s efforts in working towards securing international protection for the Sargasso Sea, an ecosystem of great biological importance that is home to a rich community of hundreds of species.
" WASHINGTON D.C., Sept. 10, 2013 – In recognition of its ongoing work to secure international protection for the Sargasso Sea’s unique and vulnerable open ocean ecosystem, the executive committee of the Sargasso Sea Alliance (SSA) has been named “2013 International SeaKeepers of the Year” by The International SeaKeepers Society. This prestigious, annual award is granted to those who have made exceptional contributions to the protection of world’s oceans. Previous honorees have included Dr. Sylvia Earle, Prince Rainier of Monaco, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Mikhail Gorbachev, Walter Cronkite, and Jean Michele Cousteau."