Why is the FWC honoring this Lake Worth resident?

LAKE WORTH — Philip Stone, a law enforcement officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has received the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Award for Marine Conservation.

“He exemplifies all that Guy Harvey and our foundation stand for — an unwavering lifetime commitment to understanding, conserving and appreciating the irreplaceable creatures that inhabit our oceans,” Greg Jacoski, the foundation’s executive director said in a statement.

Philip Stone

Stone, who lives in Lake Worth, was honored for his dedication, particularly to the protection of sea turtles, at the FWC Commission meeting in Orlando.

As an FWC officer, Stone has worked with local law enforcement agencies to minimize impact to nesting and hatchling turtles while they conduct essential nighttime beach patrolling. He also helped Palm Beach and Martin county businesses and homeowners reduce coastal lighting that can disorient turtle hatchlings, luring them away from the ocean.

When off duty, Stone continues to serve as a sea turtle volunteer, conducting nesting surveys, responding to sea turtle strandings, and ­­­­­– as a volunteer and officer – helping recover sick or injured turtles.

Founded by marine biologist and artist Guy Harvey, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation is an organization of philanthropists, conservationists, scientists and educators focused on developing sensible strategies for promoting the conservation of our oceans and nurturing the next generation of marine scientists and guardians of our seas.