Denby Lloyd, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, enjoys the bounty of the sea at a kickoff reception for a special ecological assessment of estuaries sponsored by Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises.

Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises’ Ocean Fund awarded a marine conservation grant totaling $40,000 to the Nature Conservancy to conduct inventory and ecological assessment of estuaries, salt-marsh wetlands and coastal marine habitats, and prioritize areas for conservation in Southeast Alaska.

“Clean oceans are good for the environment, good for our guests and good for our business,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Since the fund’s beginning in 1996, almost $10 million has been awarded to more than 60 nonprofit organizations working to protect the marine environment. The mission of the Ocean Fund is to support efforts to restore and maintain a healthy marine environment, minimize the impact of human activity on this environment, and promote awareness of ocean and coastal issues and respect for marine life.

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