$20K Prize & National Geographic Video

Turning the Tide for Coastal Fisheries

Tallying Votes
Winners Announced
Turning the Tide for Coastal Fisheries: How are global communities restoring their near-shore fisheries?

The first Solution Search contest, sponsored by Rare and National Geographic, sought demonstrated proven solutions that benefit coastal communities and marine biodiversity. Over 100 entries were submitted from 48 different countries, all of which offered innovative ways to help improve both the tidal fisheries in communities around the world, as well as the people that rely on them.

Top 10 Finalists

Federacion de Pescadores de Navidad (FEPANAV) & Ilustre Municipalidad de Navidad
Fishermen Association of the Rural Municipality of Mangagoulack
Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Kubulau Business and Development Committee
Misool Baseftin Foundation
Nimpal Channel Marine Conservation Area
Off the Hook Community Supported Fishery
PMMP Management Board
Puntacana Ecological Foundation
Wildlife Conservation Society


Ahmed Djoghlaf
Executive Secretary, Convention of Biological Diversity - UNEP
Monique Barbut
Former CEO & Chairperson, Global Environment Facility
Steve Gaines
Dean, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB


Grand Prize
$20,000 & National Geographic Video
Awarded to the finalist who received the most votes.
Runners Up
Awarded to the first and second runner up in the People’s Choice competition.

View Entrants

Organization: Aitutaki Island Council
Country: Cook Islands
Organization: Key Marine Consulting, Inc.
Country: United States
Organization: Kelompok Peduli Lingkungan Belitung (KPLB)
Country: Indonesia
Organization: JALA (Jaringan Nelayan / Fishers Network)
Country: Indonesia
Organization: Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Country: United Kingdom
Organization: Intercultural Center for the Studies of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO)
Country: Mexico
Organization: Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) www.ird.fr
Country: France
Country: Mexico
Organization: Inspiring Development (InDev)
Country: Indonesia
Organization: Innovative Marine Products & Solutions
Country: United States
Organization: Indigo Seafood Palau(ISP) and the Palau Aquaculture Cooperative Association(PACA)
Country: Palau
Organization: Honko Mangrove Conservation & Education vzw
Country: Madagascar
Organization: Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance
Country: United States
Organization: Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance
Country: United States
Organization: Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association
Country: United States
Organization: Global Coral Reef Alliance & Ecocean
Country: France


Contest Requirements

All entries will be submitted through the Solution Search website. Entries will then go through a three-tiered judging process and finalists will be announced for the public to vote for the winner. First, a panel from within Rare’s staff will narrow the total pool of entries to 30. Next, a select group of expert judges will select 10 finalists. Then the public selects the winner and two runner-ups. All applicants will be ranked throughout the process on the following criteria:


  • Innovation: How well does the solution demonstrate an innovative approach that fosters sustainable fisheries and promotes healthy coastal ecosystems.
  • Biodiversity impact: What impact on biodiversity has been achieved or do you anticipate
  • Impact on human well-being and livelihoods: Does this solution demonstrate a positive impact on community livelihoods and well being? How many people are affected and in what way? (Global impacts might also be considered)
  • Replicability: How readily and broadly can the solution be replicated in other places with similar characteristics?
  • Sustainability and resilience: Does the solution have long-term sustainability? Does it have the ability to adapt to changing demographics, socioeconomic and climate realities?
  • Governance: Is the solution being managed by a community that demonstrates good governance, leadership and social cohesion? Is the community involved in management and enforcement of the local fishery?

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