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NOAA Names Massachusetts Resident Environmental Hero, Award Presented at First Fish Count
July 1, 2001

Contact: Anne Smrcina, 781-545-8026 x204

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS) will honor local photographer and videographer, Robert Michelson, as one of this year’s Environmental Heroes. Michelson is being recognized for his work developing a volunteer dive team as well as his role in educating the public about the diversity of marine life in the waters surrounding Stellwagen Bank. Sanctuary Superintendent Craig MacDonald will present the award at a public ceremony at Brant Rock Beach in Marshfield.

After the presentation, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary’s volunteer divers will participate in a training dive for the first-ever Great American Fish Count (GAFC) in the Gulf of Maine on Sunday, July 1, 2001. The GAFC will take place in the Sanctuary throughout July, 2001. The press is invited to attend the training dive.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

For more information on the sanctuary and the 13-site National Marine Sanctuary System, please visit http://www.sanctuaries.nos.noaa.gov.

For more information on NOAA’s Environmental Heroes, please visit http://www.noaa.gov/earthday/heroes.htm.

For more information on the Great American Fish Count, please visit http://www.fishcount.org/events/events.html.

Bob Michelson
Sanctuary Superintendent Dr. Craig MacDonald presents the 2001 Environmental Hero Award to Bob Michelson at Brant Rock Beach, Marshfield, Mass. on July 1. Later that day, Bob led a dive team in the first official Great Amercan Fish Count in the Gulf of Maine. SBNMS photo.

 

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