The Society for Conservation Biology said Wednesday it has named an award for bravery in marine conservation after Jairo Mora Sandoval. He is the turtle protector who was murdered on a beach in Moín in 2013.
“The Jairo Mora Sandoval Award is the first award that recognizes and honors the work that dedicated, but all-too-often anonymous people do for our planet, while potentially putting their lives at risk,” said Mel Cosentino, a member of the society’s marine section.
The award includes a financial contribution to an organization associated with the awardee. The inaugural award is being made to the Asociación Jairo Mora Sandoval, which was set up by Jairo’s family to continue his conservation work, said the society.