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Bruce Popham of Duck Key


NOAA in a News Release of April 2007 Declares
Marathon (Duck Key) resident Bruce Popham an Environmental hero.

Florida Keys Sanctuary Advisory Council Chair
Recognized for Leadership


At an awards ceremony on April 20, 2007 held in Washington, D.C., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recognized Marathon resident Bruce Popham as of one of ten “environmental heroes.”

Popham, the owner of Marathon Boat Yard and chair of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, has a long history of leadership in volunteer efforts to protect the marine environment.

“True to his status as a leader in the local business community, Bruce Popham has taken a leadership role in volunteer efforts to protect the environment,” said Cdr. Dave Score, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary superintendent. “Bruce understands that the health of his business is linked to the health of Keys waters.”

As the advisory council chair, Popham has reinvigorated the council and focused it on achieving goals in water quality, ecosystem restoration and education and outreach. He also led a successful effort of advisory council members to support the approval by the state of Florida of a new marine reserve, called a Research Natural Area, in Dry Tortugas National Park, complementing the sanctuary’s Tortugas Ecological Reserve.

Popham has been instrumental in the success of Florida’s Clean Marina Program, which recognizes marinas that voluntarily meet standards designed to protect the environment. He also played a key role in planning and implementing outreach to the boating community when the Environmental Protection Agency implemented a No Discharge Zone in state waters of the sanctuary. His advice is invaluable to resource managers because he provides insight into environmental issues from a business perspective.

Popham moved to the Florida Keys in 1998 after an extensive management career with SC Johnson. He purchased Marathon Boat Yard, later expanding the business to include diesel parts and repair and a boat sales and brokerage office. Popham has served on the board of the Great Marathon Chamber of Commerce and the Mid Keys Marine Association. He serves as secretary for the Marathon Economic Development Council.

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