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Becca Hurley

A certified diver since 2005 and former editor at Scuba Diving magazine, Hurley transitioned to contributing writer and Sea Heroes program manager in 2022. She's been diving all around the world and particularly loves the Asia-Pacific regions but as a Native Floridian The Florida Keys will always hold a special place in her heart. Besides scuba diving and reporting on marine conservation heroes, she enjoys traveling, volunteering and most of all, spending time raising her daughter and future dive buddy.

Hiroshi "Kuma" Sato Named January Sea Hero for Conservation Work

Founder of Sanriku Volunteer Divers, Hiroshi Sato is committed to cleaning natural-disaster debris, leading seaweed restoration efforts and training the next generation of mission-driven divers.

Australian Teen Shalise Leesfield Named 2022 Sea Hero of the Year

The conservationist secured local government grants to tackle marine pollution locally and championed a Hope Spot at Fish Rock, one of her favorite dive sites—all at age 15.

Goliath Grouper Advocate Shana Phelan Named November Sea Hero

In the wake of Florida reopening its goliath grouper fishery, the co-owner of Pura Vida Divers secured protections for its aggregation sites.

Underwater Cameraman Nuno Sá Wins October Sea Hero Honors

Sá highlights the effects of climate change through his underwater films while supporting NGOs and the Portugese Kids Dive organization.

Erick Higuera Named September Sea Hero for Photo Identification Work

Higuera's 20 years documenting life around the Gulf of California and Revillagigedo Islands have substantially contributed to photo-ID databases of animals from manta rays to orcas.

Native Caribbean Ocean Advocate Tadzio Bervoets Named August Sea Hero

Bervoets, head of Bonaire's Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance, supports conservation across the region from managing MPAs to securing shark protection after a career in international marine work.

Island Ecosystem Advocate Duane Silverstein Named July Sea Hero

His nonprofit, Seacology, has launched 375 projects in 64 nations, protecting a total of over 1.4 million acres of threatened island terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

Black in Marine Science Founder Dr. Tiara Moore Honored as June Sea Hero

Her nonprofit is diversifying the marine science industry today and building a talent pipeline for tomorrow.

Australian Teen Shalise Leesfield Named Sea Hero for Tackling Marine Pollution

The 15-year old has already secured a grant from her town to address ocean litter, championed a Hope Spot, and written a book.