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Wendy Benchley

Wendy Benchley is a renowned global voice for protecting sharks and safeguarding our seas. As a scuba diver for fifty years, she has witnessed dramatic changes to our ocean’s health and has worked for decades to support smarter, stronger environmental and marine policies with government officials, NGOs and other civic leaders. Wendy co-founded the prestigious Peter Benchley Ocean Awards honoring her late husband’s legacy, to recognize exceptional marine conservation work across a wide range of expertise. She has been recognized with numerous awards of distinction for her longstanding efforts to increase awareness and support for shark and ocean conservation.

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