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NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, presented its Environmental Hero Award to the family of Robert “Stubby” Knowles of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The award presentation was followed by a ceremonial ground-breaking at the Dun Fudgin intertidal habitat restoration project that was championed by Stubby before his untimely death in November of 2004 at the age of 71. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Knowles was Gloucester’s shellfish warden for over 33 years and was considered, by all those who knew him, to be the patriarch of coastal wetland protection and restoration throughout the region. Knowles maintained fish ladders that allow fish to reach upstream spawning grounds, provided important technical reviews and recommendations for projects that would impact coastal resources, and always spent extra time leading and educating school groups and citizens to foster greater stewardship of coastal resources.

Established in 1996, the Environmental Hero award is presented to individuals and organizations that volunteer their time and energy to help NOAA carry out its mission.

“NOAA and the nation are fortunate to have such dedicated people volunteer so much of their time,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “They set a perfect example for others to follow in their communities. America needs more environmental heroes like Stubby.”

The Dun Fudgin intertidal habitat restoration project was just one of many projects in which Stubby was involved to restore tidal wetlands, shellfish and migratory fish habitat.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of the nation’s coastal and marine resources.

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