Georgia Sea Grant Intern, Sean Russell has been selected as a recipient of one of six prestigious Brower Youth Awards, a national prize awarded to exceptional environmental leaders ages 13-22 from North America. Sean is receiving this award for his work on the Stow It-Don’t Throw It Project, a youth-driven fishing line recycling and marine debris prevention initiative he launched in high school. Since then, the project has grown into an international program. He was also credited for his work directing the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, an annual event designed to train students from across the country how to launch their own ocean conservation projects. For more information on the 2014 Brower Youth Awards visit: http://www.broweryouthawards.org/awardees/
It’s been a a busy fall for Sean. He was also invited to speak at the New York State Marine Education Association Conference on October 25th at Rachel Carson High School in Coney Island, N.Y.
This year, the Association invited high school and college students from New York to participate in their conference, and have included special sessions to highlight student driven ocean research and conservation projects. Sean lead a special session for all student participants focused on the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit.