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Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards Are Open for Nominations

29th September 2016
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Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards Are Open for Nominations

2016 marks the 10th Anniversary of An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme’s ‘Ocean Hero Awards’. The awards, originally called the ‘Clean Coasts’ Merit Awards’, were conceived in 2006 to honour the invaluable contribution Ireland’s coastal communities have made towards conserving our spectacular coastline. The awards started out from humble beginnings with only one category, ‘The Clean Coasts’ Group of the Year’.

Since then the Clean Coasts’ programme has grown from strength to strength, with the addition of several new initiatives and the engagement of over 500 Clean Coasts groups. This steady increase has lead to the programme becoming embedded in the majority coastal communities nationwide. In an effort to recognise this growth Ocean Heroes has also expanded to comprise seven categories, Individual of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, School of the Year, Business of the Year, Beach Clean of the Year and the ‘Think Before You Flush’ Awareness Raising Award.

Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manager with An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit said “We are delighted to be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards. The awards have really brought to the fore the remarkable work and wonderful coastal celebration events that Clean Coasts volunteers have been involved in over the past decade along the Irish coastline. We hope this year is no different as we look forward to receiving inspirational nominations that show the true dedication of these coastal custodians.”

If you would like to recognise an individual, Clean Coasts group, school, business or beach clean that made a difference to our coast, you can nominate them at www.cleancoasts.org. For the ‘Think Before You Flush’ Awareness Raising Award, supported by Irish Water, we are asking you to nominate an individual or a group who you feel has gone above and beyond to promote this campaign.‘Think Before You Flush’ is a public awareness campaign, supported by Irish Water. The initiative aims to highlight the problem sanitary products and other items can cause in our marine environment and wastewater systems if they are flushed down the toilet.

The nomination process only takes a few minutes and we would love to hear your voice. Please make your nominations on www.cleancoasts.org by Friday November 4th for inclusion in the selection process.

Nominations are invited in the following categories:
1. Ocean Hero Award - Group of the Year, supported by Coca Cola
2. Ocean Hero Award – ‘Think Before You Flush’ Awareness Raising Award, supported by Irish Water
3. Ocean Hero Award - Individual of the Year
4. Ocean Hero Award - Newcomer of the Year
5. Ocean Hero Award - School of the Year
6. Ocean Hero Award - Business of the Year
7. Ocean Hero Award - Beach Clean of the Year

Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Communication and Local Government, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

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