Nominations for NAMEPA’s Marine Environment Protection Awards Open

July 7, 2022: Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) announces that NAMEPA is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Marine Environment Protection (MEP) Awards. NAMEPA annually recognizes companies, educators, associations, government agencies, academic institutions and individuals whose efforts support our mission to “Save Our Seas”. For the past 15 years, NAMEPA has been engaging maritime businesses, educators, government and the public to “Save Our Seas” by promoting sound environmental practices through events and community programming.

“One of the tenets of the ‘MEPA Movement’ is to recognize those who are contributing to the protection and sustainability of the marine environment”, stated Ms. Walker.  “We believe this recognition not only illuminates the work that is being done to Save Our Seas, but also encourages others to increase their focus on this important work.”

Award categories include Maritime Industry (ship owners, operators, charterers, shipyards, etc); Government, Federal, State of Local Environmental Agencies; Non-Profit Environmental Entity; Individual; Maritime Academies, Harbor Schools, Universities; Environmental Innovation; Seafarers Ministry (organizations and individuals may apply); and Ports. This year there will also be a Sustainability Award.

The 2021 MEP Winners included Dorian LPG, Port of Virginia, Ecochlor, NAAEE, Congressman Jim Himes, Dr. Karen Purnell, Oceanic, and the New England Seafarers. Visit: NAMEPA MEP Awards

Submissions will be judged along the following general objectives: alignment with NAMEPA goals “Save Our Seas”; educational benefits; environmental benefits; innovation; measurable success (objectives/targets) in improving protection of the marine environment.
All submissions should highlight the applicant’s commitment to preserving the marine environment through environmental protection initiatives; new technologies/initiatives that mitigate damage to the marine environment; efforts (events, curriculum, projects, etc.) in educating seafarers, students, port communities and children about the need for and strategies related to protecting the seas as an important global resource; any awards or recognition for marine environmental protection efforts; efforts to increase public awareness on the importance of protecting the marine environment and marine ecosystems.

To submit a nomination, please complete the submission form by September 1, 2022 and are open to NAMEPA members and non-members. For inquiries or questions, email

The winners for each of the categories will be notified by September 15th and will be receiving their Awards at NAMEPA’s 15th Anniversary Marine Environment Protection Conference and Dinner being held aboard the Hornblower Infinity in New York City on October 27th.

To register for the event, go to Register Now!


The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a marine industry-led organization of environmental stewards preserving the marine environment by promoting sustainable marine industry best practices and educating seafarers, students and the public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean, lake and river resources. Visit us at:

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