Diving Guide 1
2 3 Island Guide Shipwrecks SCUBA Expeditions Bio
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Women Divers' Hall of Fame
• • Elected President WDHOF • • WDHOF Report
United Nations Environment Program
• • Hurricane Hunting 1 2 • • 2010 Diver Of the Year 12
Dolphin Rescue Articles 1
2 3a 3b 4 • • CSI Whales Alive! • • Explorers' Club 2001 Dinners 20012006
With the President of the Phillipines
• • Wyland Icon Award • • Press Releases 1 2 3
   
  

 

Martha Watkins Gilkes

   Martha Watkins Gilkes
Press Release: Wylan Icon Award

 

Press release

The WYLAND ICON AWARD has been presented to Martha Watkins Gilkes for achievements in marine conservation efforts.


Martha Watkins Gilkes was presented with the prestigious WYLAND ICON AWARD during the annual DIVING EQUIPMENT MANUGRECTURS SHOW (DEMA) in Las Vegas Nevada, November 18th, 2010., during a a black tie gala hosted by the Academy of Underwater Science and Arts.

The WYLAND ICON AWARD, presented annually to luminaries and pioneers of ocean conservation recognizes the achievements of those who have made a positive difference for the underwater world. Internationally acclaimed marine artist, WYLAND founded the award in 2002 to acknowledge individuals who exemplify the adventurous spirit of the ocean and inspire others to do the same. Gilkes is the 6th woman to receive the icon award and joins such notables as Jacques’ Cousteau, Lloyd Bridges, Zale Parry of SEA HUNT, and Robert Ballard of Titanic fame.

For over 30 years Gilkes has been a leader in dive retail operation, training, education, photojournalism, historic shipwreck documentation and marine conservation. From her Antigua, West Indies home base she owns and operates two diving businesses FANTA-SEA ISLAND DIVERS, a retail scuba diving shop providing training and certification and FANTA-SEA ISLAND EXCURSIONS, a travel company specializing in exclusive travel to remote dive locations throughout the Eastern Caribbean and world wide.

She is a leading diver/explorer of the Eastern Caribbean, having explored and documented shipwrecks on 14 Caribbean Islands and worldwide and is the author of DIVING GUIDE TO THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN and SHIPWRECKS OF THE CARIBBEAN. She has published numerous articles and photographs and is featured in DIVING WITH LEGENDS, a unique book sponsored by the Swiss Company, DOXA WATCHES featuring some of the world’s top professional divers and legends of the diving world.
(http://www.divingwithlegends.com/)

Martha has logged over 12,000 dives in a wide variety of marine environments and has numerous instructor and specialty ratings in scuba diving. She is considered one of the premier underwater guides in the Caribbean and has led underwater expeditions for such notables as diving legend Stan Waterman, Teddy Tucker, and the late great Peter Benchley. Since 1981, Martha has worked as an underwater model and photo and dive assistant to Stan Waterman on locations around the world as well as with several noted British photographers.

For 10 years she served as President of the Barbados based Eastern Caribbean Safe Diving Association and played a key role in obtaining the first recompression chamber in the Southern Caribbean. She serves as the Diving Liaison Officer for the Historical and Archeological Society of Antigua and Barbuda and holds membership in The Historical Diving Society, American Society of Media Photographers, the Explorers Club, and is a Platinum Pro 5000 Diver. She served as President of the Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) for 4 years and is presently Fund Raising Chair for WDHOF.

One of Martha’s most important contributions to diving is marine conservation, for which she has been an outspoken force throughout the Eastern Caribbean. Martha serves as Public Relations Officer (since 2001) of Antigua Barbuda Independent Tourism Promotion Corporation (ABITPC), an environmental organization, and led 3 national clean ups of Antigua and legal action which resulted in the Government of Antigua rescinding a license to capture 12 wild dolphins annually and the eventual closure of an inferior captive dolphin facility on the island of Antigua.

She is a major player in local, regional, international conferences against dolphin and whale exploitation. Her advocacy speeches to protect ocean inhabitants can be heard on radio and television newscasts. In 2006, Martha was listed in the United Nations Environmental Programme’s Who's Who of Women and the Environment,
(http://www.unep.org/women_env/w_details.asp?w_id=404) and she co-produced, with HAMA Productions, the Caribbean documentary, "Whaling in Our Waters.” The anti-whaling cause has been one Martha has been very actively involved in which has included the production of 3 Public service announcements aired throughout the Caribbean

In May, 2009, Martha was presented the Wyland Ambassador Award for her environmental work. It was awarded by Wyland after she implemented and organized the painting of a life size marine mural in Antigua by Wyland. The event included 150 school children on the island of Antigua painting with Wyland, with the event’s main focus on marine conservation.

  

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Diving Guide 1
2 3 Island Guide Shipwrecks SCUBA Expeditions Bio
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Women Divers' Hall of Fame
• • Elected President WDHOF • • WDHOF Report
United Nations Environment Program
• • Hurricane Hunting 1 2 • • 2010 Diver Of the Year 12
Dolphin Rescue Articles 1
2 3a 3b 4 • • CSI Whales Alive! • • Explorers' Club 2001 Dinners 20012006
With the President of the Phillipines
• • Wyland Icon Award • • Press Releases 1 2 3
   
  

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