About the BOAT International and Blue Marine Foundation Ocean Awards

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Everything you need to know about the Ocean Awards 2024

26 January 2024 • Written by Hannah Rankine

Now in its ninth year, the Ocean Awards, held in partnership with Blue Marine Foundation, continue to recognise and reward those that share our commitment to fixing the largest solvable problem on the planet – the crisis in our oceans.

Without the complex marine biodiversity provided by our oceans, you wouldn't be here - and neither would your yacht. The ocean makes up 71 per cent of the earth's surface, and it produces more than half the oxygen we breathe, absorbs half the carbon dioxide we produce, regulates climate, supplies ecosystems and employs about 140 million people, including those in fishing, aquaculture, tourism and, yes, the yachting industry.

The sea provides humankind with incalculable pleasure, whether swimming in it, looking at it or being on it. Yet the oceans are now under serious threat from irresponsible human activity, such as overfishing, coastal pollution and climate change. Luckily this crisis presents the largest solvable environmental problem on the planet and with decisive action, studies show that it is reversible within 20 years.


Nominations for the Ocean Awards 2024 are now closed and the winners will be announced in the June 2024 issue of BOAT International. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the events team.

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