In Memory of Les Hodgson, Board of Director Member and Local Hero


Sea Turtle, Inc. family mourns the loss of Board member, Les Hodgson. Les was a past president of the Texas Shrimp Association, and he served as the United States representative on the Consultative Committee of the Inter-American Conference on Sea Turtle Restoration. He was a member of the Kemp’s ridley recovery team and a 2014 recipient of the Harte Hero Award, awarded by Texas A&M Harte Institute. Les was a staunch advocate for the ridley sea turtle, pushing the fishing industry to become proactive in conservation. In times when funding was about to be cut for the ridley conservation program, Les was there to lobby government agencies for funding. When tax based funds did not appear, Les gathered financial support from within the fishing industry. Les will be remembered for his unwavering support of sea turtle conservation and his commitment to having the fishing industry and conservation organizations working together to save our oceans.