Wayne Hasson Scholarship Fund
Captain Wayne Hasson passed away on January 17, 2020, after a courageous battle with renal cancer. Wayne was a founding member of the Sea of Change Foundation. His passion was to introduce and inspire youth around the world to explore, understand and respect the ocean and its inhabitants through diving, ocean education and conservation. To continue his mission, the Wayne Hasson Scholarship Fund has been created at the Sea of Change Foundation to help fund a Master’s level educational scholarship to an individual pursuing a lifetime career in ocean conservation.
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Why You Should Donate to Sea of Change
As divers, we all love the ocean, and we’re always looking for ways to help or give back. The Sea of Change Foundation was started by leaders in the dive industry for that very reason.
The Sea of Change Foundation’s mission is to create positive change for the oceans. And 100% of funds raised are directly applied to marine conservation, research, scholarships, and advocacy that is actionable.
Wayne Brown, CEO of Aggressor Adventures™ is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the Sea of Change Foundation saying, “The Sea of Change Foundation is dedicated to marine conservation around the globe. In 2015, one of our first projects was funding a new, remote surveillance camera in Palau to help keep the new marine protected area free of illegal fishing and poaching for sharks. In 2016, we started out with a bang funding and coordinating four new threatened staghorn coral nurseries in the Cayman Islands and continued with a successful out-planting to help restore the local reefs. We funded the equipment, supplies, and training for local dive volunteers to grow coral fragments and lead coral restoration efforts now and in the future.”
Since 2016, we’ve expanded our reach to help fund and coordinate conservation projects to study sharks and rays in Costa Rica, community education about humpback whales in the waters of New York City, and supported the reintroduction of sea urchins as important grazers on the reefs of the Bahamas. We’re proud to also provide support for future conservationists in the form of scholarships both directly to academic institutions and through the Women Divers Hall of Fame.
With your generous donation, the Sea of Change Foundation can continue to initiate, coordinate and fund conservation and research that positively impacts the oceans we love to dive and explore.