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Port of Los Angeles director lauded with conservation award

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Cargo cranes at the Port of Los Angeles.

It has been announced that Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, is among the 2012 recipients of the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards, specifically for “Excellence in Solutions.” The awards “celebrate outstanding achievements that lead to the protection of our coasts, oceans, and the communities that depend on them.” The Blue Frontier Campaign, a marine conservation group that works for the betterment of America’s coasts, presents the annual accolades.

The awards are named after the late author and famed conservationist Benchley, famous for penning such 1970s best-selling books as “Jaws” and “The Deep.” Knatz was chosen to receive the "Excellence in Solutions" award for her continued dedication to improving environmental efforts since being named Executive Director of the port in 2006.