National Geographic Society announces competition to combat illegal fishing

Marine Protection Prize will award $450,000 for innovative solutions and technologies aiming to protect and sustain fisheries.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Registration for the National Geographic Society’s 2017 Marine Protection Prize, is officially open. The competition will source the best uses of technology and data collection to help combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing affecting island nations and coastal communities.

National Geographic Society, in May 2018, will award a share of the $450,000 prize to up to three teams of experts employing the most innovative solutions to halt the growing, global overfishing challenge.

Scientists, environmental leaders and students are encouraged to apply, according to National Geographic Society staff.

“Overfishing and illegal fishing threaten our oceans, food security and the livelihood of island nations and coastal communities,” National Geographic Society staff said in a released statement. “The Marine Protection Prize competition seeks to identify a range of solutions that offer low-cost and easy-to-maintain technologies that address the needs of local communities.”

Applications for the Marine Protection Prize must include an overview of the team members, a detailed explanation of the proposed solution, a project plan and anticipated budget, among other items.

A panel of judges carefully chosen for their expertise and experience will review submissions. The panel consists of evaluation members, expert members and selection committee members.

Registration for the competition is open until Feb. 8, 2018, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Applications must then be submitted by March 8, 2018, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Interested individuals or teams must register online to submit an application.

To learn more about the Marine Protection Prize or register to apply, visit

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