Emma Racila Washington October 17, 2011

There are only two weeks left to enter Solution Search: Turning the Tide for Coastal Fisheries. The application process is easy! Visit www.solutionsearch.org today.

The first place solution will win a US $20,000 project grant and will be featured in a video on National Geographics Ocean ( http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/ ) website. By entering Solution Search, you are joining a global community of innovators and ambassadors for marine conservation.

This Solution Search is casting a wide net to find community-based innovations for near-shore fisheries based on proven successes. Examples of solutions might include, but are not limited to, the areas of:

No-take zones, marine protected areas, TURF (territorial user rights in fisheries) reserves
Fishing gear, catch shares, fishing licenses
Monitoring of catch compositions, data collection and analysis
Eradicating destructive fishing techniques
Community enforcement and natural resource management
Creation of social and capital resilience, development of alternative livelihoods
Regulation of curio and aquarium trades
Biodiversity protection
Reduction of terrestrial threats, such as road construction and local agriculture
Other innovative ways of managing local fisheries

Important Dates
Solution Search Launch September 8, 2011
Entry Deadline October 31, 2011
Public Voting Opens November 16, 2011
Public Voting Closes December 25, 2011
Winners Announced January 6, 2012

Entries will go through a three-tiered judging process and finalists will be announced to the public to vote for the winner. All applications will be judged based on innovation, biodiversity impact, sustainability and resilience, impact on human wellbeing and livelihoods, replicability, and governance.

If you have any questions, please contact Emma Racila at eracila@rareconservation.org or +1 703-522-5070.

We look forward to learning about your solution!

Emma Racila
Solution Search Mangement Fellow
Rare Conservation
United States