NAMEPA Now Accepting Nominations for the 2023 Marine Environment Protection Awards – Presentation of Awards at NAMEPA’s Annual Event in November

WESTON, CT – July 26th – Carleen Lyden Walker, the Co-Founder and CEO of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), proudly announces the opening of nominations for the 2023 Marine Environment Protection (MEP) Awards. This annual recognition honors outstanding contributions made by companies, educators, associations, government agencies, academic institutions, and individuals who have demonstrated unwavering dedication to NAMEPA’s mission to Save Our Seas.

Since 2008, NAMEPA has been at the forefront of engaging and honoring maritime professionals and the public to champion environmentally sound practices through community outreach and engagement. The MEP Awards stand as a testament to the tireless efforts of those who relentlessly strive to safeguard and sustain our marine environment.

“The core tenet of the ‘MEPA Movement’ is to acknowledge those exceptional entities that are actively and wholeheartedly contributing to the protection and sustainability of our marine ecosystem,” stated Ms. Walker. “By recognizing these exemplary endeavors, the MEP Awards not only bring attention to the impactful work of these professionals but also serve as a beacon of inspiration, encouraging others to amplify their efforts in this crucial cause.”

The 2023 MEP Awards will span across nine categories:

  • Maritime Industry (ship owners, operators, charterers, shipyards, etc.)
  • Government: Federal, State, or Local Environmental Organizations
  • Non-Profit Environmental Entity
  • Individual
  • Maritime Academies, Harbor Schools, Universities
  • Environmental Innovation Organizations
  • Seafarers Ministry (organizations and individuals may apply)
  • Ports
  • Sustainability

Nominations for the 2023 MEP Awards can be submitted from July 26th until September 1st and will then undergo evaluation by a panel of distinguished marine experts. The winners will be notified by September 29th and awarded during our Marine Environment Protection Awards Dinner, held at SUNY Maritime College on November 2nd at NAMEPA’s Annual Conference. This event promises to unite and acknowledge the champions of maritime stewardship while fostering a sense of collective responsibility among stakeholders.

For nomination guidelines, the submission form and further information about the 2023 MEP Awards, please visit:

Submissions will be judged along the following general objectives: alignment with NAMEPA’s goal to 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 return the submission form by September 1, 2023. For inquiries or questions, email

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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