BLUE, along with its long-standing partner, Boat International have teamed up for the second annual edition of The Ocean Awards, which celebrates individuals and projects that have made outstanding contributions to the health of the oceans.
Please see the eight categories of The Ocean Awards 2017 below. Note that the action or project must fit within the given time frame of July 1 2015 to July 1 2016. Submit your nominations for the awards here. Please note that deadline for nominations is 15 August 2016.
The Visionary Award at The Ocean Awards recognises the individual or group that have taken the lead on globally-significant actions for the benefit of ocean health. The winner of the Visionary Award will have shown consistent leadership on ocean issues, going above and beyond others in their commitment to protecting marine life.
Criteria: Nominees for the Visionary Award must have a demonstrable track record of leadership on marine issues. They must either have initiated or taken a lead in influencing a globally-significant effort for the benefit of the ocean, or seen a significant milestone in a previously initiated effort, within the period July 1 2015 to July 1 2016.
The Local Hero Award recognises the individual or group that has had the most positive impact on the marine environment within their community this year. The winner of the Local Hero Award will be a recognised leader on marine conservation issues within their community or organisation.
Criteria: Within the period July 1 2015 to July 1 2016 nominees for the Local Hero Award must either have initiated or taken a lead in influencing a significant effort for the benefit of the ocean within their community, or seen a significant milestone in a previously initiated effort.
The Science Award recognises the individual or research team that has made the most important scientific contribution to the ocean this year.
Criteria: Within the period July 1 2015 to July 1 2016 nominees for the Science Award must have published a significant piece of scientific research that can be used for the benefit of marine conservation or ocean health.
The Policy Award recognises an individual or group that has been responsible for the most important policy initiative for the benefit of ocean health this year.
Criteria: Within the period July 1 2015 to July 1 2016 nominees for the Policy Award must have been responsible for initiating or implementing a policy initiative, or have reached another significant milestone in that process. This policy must have had, or be very likely to have, a transformative effect on the ability of governments or local bodies to protect the oceans.
The Technology Award recognises an individual or group that has been responsible for the development of the most promising new technology (or technologies) for the benefit of the marine environment this year.
Criteria: Within the period July 1 2015 to July 1 2016 nominees for the Technology Award must have taken a lead on the initiation or completion of one or more new technologies for the benefit of the ocean, or seen another significant milestone towards the development of that technology.
The Responsible Business Award recognises the company or group of companies that have done the most to ensure that their business operations are not undertaken at the expense of the marine environment.
Criteria: Within the period July 1 2015 to July 1 2016 nominees for the Responsible Business Award must have undertaken activities or commitments that will have a positive impact on the health of the marine environment, or have seen another significant milestone towards that goal. This activity or commitment must have been undertaken primarily to benefit the ocean, rather than the company’s bottom line.
The Public Education Award recognises the individual or group that has done the most this year to advance public understanding of marine conservation issues, be it through the mainstream media, in schools, or through campaigning.
Criteria: Within the period July 1 2015 to July 1 2016 nominees for the Public Education Award must have initiated activities that have had a demonstrable impact on the public understanding of an important ocean issue (or issues), or seen a significant milestone in a previously implemented activity.
The Seafarer’s Award recognises the individual or group from the sea-faring community that has done the most this year to advance marine conservation.
Criteria: Within the period July 1 2015 to July 1 2016 nominees for the Seafarer’s Award must have undertaken efforts to advance marine conservation, be it through awareness-raising, fundraising, direct conservation activities, or any other means. These efforts and the nominees themselves must have demonstrable ties to the sea or an ocean-related business.
To submit your nominations and to learn more about the ocean awards, click here.
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