The nomination period for the 2020 Blue Park Awards is closed. Nominate an outstanding marine protected area for a 2021 award today.

Is your marine protected area a Blue Park?

Nominate a marine protected area (MPA) for a Blue Park Award. MPAs that demonstrate strong protections for biologically significant areas will earn Blue Park status.

Blue Parks is an initiative by Marine Conservation Institute designed to catalyze strong protection for at least 30% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region of the world’s oceans, from the tropical seas to the polar oceans and from coastlines to the deepest trenches. By becoming a Blue Park, an MPA is recognized as providing strong protection that significantly contributes to marine biodiversity conservation and fosters resilience to climate change.

The Blue Park initiative provides a substantial incentive for strong protection by recognizing the outstanding conservation work of communities, managers, governments and NGOs safeguarding marine biodiversity with well-designed, strongly protected and effectively managed MPAs. From the smallest community conservation area to the largest reserve, all implemented MPAs can be nominated to become Blue Parks and join the movement to safeguard our seas and the life they harbor.

After an MPA is nominated for a Blue Park Award, our team produces an evaluation report that is shared on this website for expert comment prior to the award decision made by the Science Council. Our team works with Blue Park managers, communities, visitors and investors to further promote and support these important areas.

The nomination survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, if you have already compiled the relevant documents and information. Refer to this list of nomination questions for a preview of the nomination questions. You may save your nomination form at any time and return to it later. Just click the "save & continue later" link at the bottom of any nomination form page. Contact [email protected] if you have questions or feedback.

We ask you to submit the following documents, if available, with your nomination:

  • Descriptions of ecosystems, biodiversity, endangered and endemic species and oceanography (official descriptions, maps, monitoring reports, scientific papers, etc.)
  • All available geospatial data (MPA boundaries, regulatory zones, ecosystem distributions, etc.) in GIS files or geospatial coordinates
  • Current MPA management plan and monitoring plan
  • Documentation of MPA regulations, enforcement plans, enforcement reports
  • Annual budget (if you have access to this)