The International SeaKeepers Society at its 25th anniversary


The Bal de la Mer during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The International SeaKeepers Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting oceanographic research, education and conservation, celebrates its 25th anniversary at Bal de la Mer on Wednesday, Oct. 25th, during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The event, which sees the participation of Excellence Magazine as media partner, will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel, where guests will have the opportunity to meet influential members of the industry and the marine and ocean research community.

This historic occasion will mark a quarter century of SeaKeepers’ ongoing commitment to advancing marine research and education. The Bal de la Mer also aims to recognize the invaluable contributions of key stakeholders who played a key role in making the SeaKeepers’ mission a great success.

Jay Wade, President of the Board of Directors of the International SeaKeepers Society states: “As we celebrate 25 years of ocean conservation efforts and look back on our achievements, we are inspired to continue our collective efforts in safeguarding our planet’s most precious resource, our life-support system, a healthy ocean“.

Jay Wade

The evening will begin with a cocktail during which, highlights of SeaKeepers programming will be illustrated, followed by dinner, dancing and an on-stage presentation. Louis Aguirre of Channel 10 News will anchor the evening, and the event event will be live streamed to allow members of the whole to attend the event. Lauren Shapiro, SeaKeepers 2023 Artist of the Year, who turns ceramics into works of art for environmental advocacy, created the awards to be presented on the occasion.

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Individuals and organizations interested in attending Bal de la Mer can purchase tickets online at the SeaKeepers website at

The International SeaKeepers Society

Founded in Monaco in 1998, the International SeaKeepers Society is a nonprofit organization committed to oceanographic research that has supported ocean conservation through direct involvement with the yachting community for 25 years. What began as a data collection program aboard selected luxury yachts has evolved to involve thousands of participants each year with at-sea and coastal programs.

It also provides educational resources and hands-on marine science experiences to students, a primary goal for ensuring the well-being of our planet. SeaKeepers enables the recreational boating community to take full advantage of its unique potential to advance marine science and raise awareness of global ocean issues.

Today SeaKeepers’ mission is focused on the DISCOVERY Yacht program, which includes scientist-led expeditions, citizen science, educational outreach and community involvement.

SeaKeepers is a catalyst that partners with governments, scientists, institutions, and other marine organizations to advance its mission and support marine protection and conservation with reasonable and achievable projects. Activities are carried out globally through the efforts of the headquarters in the United States, offices located on the East and West Coasts, and international representations in Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the South Pacific.

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