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Cayman Islands-based conservationist and artist Guy Harvey received the Seafarers’ House International Golden Compass Award on May 21 at a gala dinner in Fort Lauderdale.

The award is given each year to those “who have achieved distinction in the maritime world, those whose vocation or avocation has been the sea, or those who have ministered to or otherwise assisted seafarers,” according to a press release from Florida’s Seafarers’ House.

The event at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 raised more than US$300,000.

“Ninety percent of world trade is carried by the global shipping industry and the Seafarers’ House helps to care for the hard working men and women who keep this industry moving. Your support is crucial to their success and I thank everyone for their contributions to the cause,” Mr. Harvey told the crowd.

“The sea … can be a place for fun and recreation, or a place for quiet reflection,” he added. “It can sustain civilizations, or be a community’s greatest threat. It powers the global economy and the global climate. And, one thing is for certain, the planet’s health and people’s health are dependent on maintaining healthy oceans.” 

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