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ISRS announces new Coral Reef Conservation award


International Coral Reef Society

To mark both its concern for the dramatic global decline in the health of coral reefs and the third International Year of the Reef (IYOR-2018) the International Society for Reef Studies is announcing the inauguration of a new award: the ISRS Coral Reef Conservation Award.

Up to two awards will be given annually to members who have made over a period of some years a regionally or globally significant contribution to the protection of coral reefs. This award will include a cash prize of $2500 to be spent at the awardee’s discretion on their own coral reef related activities. The closing date for the receipt of nominations will be 31st of March 2018.

Nominations will be assessed in recognition of achievements in one or more of the following fields:

  1. The establishment and / or management of marine protected areas.
  2. The securing at a national or regional scale of other significant measures directed at protecting coral reefs.
  3. The promotion through environmental education of widespread public awareness of the need to conserve coral reefs.
  4. Research into the scientific, social and/or environmental economic aspects of coral reef protection and management.
  5. Research into or achievement of effective coral reef restoration.

There is no educational requirement for this award, but a nomination must include in the submission documents or the nominee’s c.v. sufficient detail to enable the judging panel to assess the application fairly. To be eligible for this award, a nominee should be a current paid-up member of the Society and have been a member of the Society for minimum sum of THREE (3) years (either continuously or with breaks).

Further details can be found on the Society’s website on the home page at: and on the awards and honors page at:, where full details can also be downloaded.