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CCMI Ocean Awards winners announced at Festival of the Seas gala

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute’s 20th anniversary celebrations continued over the weekend with CCMI’s Festival of the Seas gala.

And what a magical night it was under the stars last Saturday (3 November) night at Grand Old House.

This year, CCMI’s annual Festival of the Seas gala featured something new: CCMI’s Ocean Awards, which give special recognition to individuals, organisations, and corporate entities that are making a positive impact on the future of our oceans.

Here are the winners:

Aaron Hunt – Community Coral Champion
Janice Blumenthal – Change-maker of the Year
Royal Palms Beach Club – Tourism Advocate of the Year
Butterfield Bank – Marine Conservation Company of the Year
Johanna Kohler – Science and Research Project of the Year
Cassandra MacDowell – Rising Star Award
Claire Hughes – People’s Choice Awards

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