The International SeaKeepers Society’s Asia Chapter held its fifth annual Asia Awards Dinner at ONE°15 Marina, Singapore on Saturday, November 5th after a two-year hiatus. The dinner was held to present the SeaKeeper of Malaysia Award and the Asia Achievement Award. The night was hosted by Dinner Chairs Julian and Sandra Chang, the celebrations followed the inaugural 2-day session of The Ocean Collective Summit and the dinner was attended by 260 guests.
Special guests included H.E. Mr. Ahmed Thasmeen Ali High Commissioner for the Republic of Maldives and well-known Aquanaut Oceanographic Explorer, Environmental Advocate, and Founder of the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center and Proteus Ocean Group, Fabien Cousteau.
The evening’s highlight was honoring the year’s award winners, with both awardees hailing from neighboring Malaysia. Rani Bin Awang was recognized as SeaKeeper of Malaysia whilst the REEFS Research Group of the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) was recognized with The International SeaKeepers Society Asia Achievement Award 2022. These awards recognize the award winners’ responsibility toward research, education, protection, and/or restoration.
Another special announcement was that the SK Asia EduGrants programme which seeks to support higher studies in marine science at Republic Polytechnic as well as the National University of Singapore was officially launched.
The dinner included live performances by Singapore’s King of Swing, Jeremy Monteiro, and performances of the winning songs from the 2020 International SeaKeepers Society Asia Songwriting Competition.