October 28, 2022 • News Announcements
Roderic Mast, Oceanic Society’s President and CEO, was given the Eleanor Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th Annual Go Blue Awards, hosted by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.
Oceanic Society president Roderic Mast receives the Eleanor Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award from Loggerhead Marinelife Center on October 28, 2022.
Named for the founder of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, the Eleanor Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded annually to a “person who exemplifies a lifelong, extraordinary commitment to marine conservation through work or volunteer activities.”
Rod has worked in international nature and biodiversity conservation for his entire professional career, and was nominated for the award by Sylvia Earle. In addition to his current role as President of Oceanic Society, where he has worked since 2012, he spent more than two decades at Conservation International where he led many species conservation efforts and strategic programs in South America, Africa, Madagascar, and more. He also served as a sea turtle field biologist in Georgia (USA), Mexico, and Colombia; a naturalist guide in Galapagos; and in various roles with the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA-NMFS), RARE, WWF, and the International Sea Turtle Society.
Rod Mast was recognized for his lifelong commitment to ocean conservation. © Tui de Roy / Roving Tortoise Photos
Rod is the President and CEO of Oceanic Society, co-chair of the IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group, co-founder of the State of the World’s Sea Turtles (SWOT) Program, and Chief Editor of the annual SWOT Report.
The Go Blue Awards are held annually to recognize people, businesses, and organizations that have made a remarkable impact in ocean conservation, with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. Previous Go Blue Award recipients include Guy Harvey, Sylvia Earle, Hardy Jones, Nathaniel Reed, Dr. Edith Widder, Jeannette Wyneken, and Gary Adkison.