The state of our oceans and freshwater systems is in peril. 500 million people depend on the fishing industry for their livelihoods, and over 2 billion people depend on seafood as their main or only source of protein. Overfishing, pollution and unsustainable practices are endangering these livelihoods and food security.
Communities from the Lobstermen of Maine, to the Usipa harvesters of Malawi, rely on fish for sustenance, income and community. Now, almost 30% of fisheries worldwide are depleted/over-exploited and 60% are already exploited to capacity. We are counting on young people everywhere to change these trends. This is especially important for the Kingdom of Morocco, which is the largest fishing market in Africa.
The Millennium Oceans Prize celebrates youth activism advancing Marine and Freshwater conservation, and sustainable use of oceans, seas, rivers, lakes and marine resources. Initiatives that champion sustainable fisheries will receive special consideration. The objectives of this Prize are reflected in the proposed United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14. The Prize and Campaign it enables is supported by Millennium Campus Network (MCN) and the Remmer Family Foundation.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We are looking for campaign ideas that are concrete and can rally your peers to mobilize in this sector. How can you engage youth leaders on other campuses and in communities across the globe to fight for and champion advocacy and leadership for the oceans, freshwater systems, sustainable fishing, and marine conservation? Your campaign could take shape through activism, social entrepreneurship, or research. How will you mobilize your community and inspire youth leaders world-wide to take part in the fight for sustainable practices that protect our oceans and freshwater systems?
The best part of this prize is the opportunity to cultivate a community of peers who care just as much about the oceans and marine resources as you do. Here are the specifics:
- Up to $5,000 to implement your winning campaign
- Mentorship and support from MCN
- Co-curate campaign action groups, mobilizing and coordinating with peers who are passionate about SDG 14
- Write for our media partners about your campaign
- Co-curate global webinars with the MCN and the Remmer Family Foundation during the academic year to keep peers engaged and involved.
- September 15th: Millennium Ocean Prize Opens
- September 30th: Priority Deadline
- October 15: Final Deadline to submit your application. Early applications strongly encouraged.
- November 15th: Prize winner selected
- Mid-November: Millennium Oceans Prize Winner formally recognized in front of +530 student leaders and global leaders worldwide.
- December 1st- 15th: Prize Winner launches and co-curates campaign action groups
- November- May 2019: Campaign is in action.
- Summer/Fall 2019: Campaign results shared.
WHAT IS AT STAKE
Near-shore fishers from local communities are critical to meeting most of the world’s demand for fish (and fish are most of the world's main or only source of protein); However, increasing fishing efforts over the last several decades have pushed many near-shore fisheries to the brink of collapse: In trying to meet the increasing global demand for fish, these fishers are competing, working harder and longer. This causes overfishing, depleted fish stocks, and damage to fish habitats. The result of this competition for fish could be no more food or livelihood for anyone.