Carl Safina founder and president of Bue Ocean Institute in East Norwich, NY has been nominated for bringing ocean conservation into the environmental mainstream. Noting the steady declines in fish populations, Safina became a voice for the conservation and restoration of life in the sea. His award -winning books include "Song for the Blue Ocean" "Eye of the Albatross" and "Voyage of the Turtle". Currently he is finishing a new book and developing a TV series on conservation successes.
Indiana prize nominees' work spans the globe, representing a range os species from insects to mammals and includes amphibians, elephants, bats, wolves and shark among many others.
The biennial $100,000 Indianapolis Prize represents the largest individual monetary award for animal conservation in the world and is given as an unrestricted gift to the chosen honoree. It was initiated by the Indiannapolis Zoo to inspire, celebrate, protect and preserve the natural world through conservation, education and research. It also callls attention to the brave, talented and dedicated men and women who spend their lives saving the Earth's endangered animal species.
Carl Safina will also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for Conservation at the International Wildlife Film Festival in the spring of 2010.