Hope Spots 

Nomination Guidelines

Knowing what you need beforehand will allow you to save time and complete the form more easily. Please write in your own words and make sure you save regularly using the ‘save’ button to avoid losing your work. This will also allow you to revisit the nomination if you don’t complete it in one go.

  • Tip! It’s important that you take the time and effort to fill in the form well, otherwise we are likely to ask you to give additional information or defer the nomination- all of which takes more time and effort from everyone. Two points we find nominators don’t give enough attention to is the importance of having other local partners and giving us enough information about what you want to do here. If you seriously want to make a difference in your Hope Spot, both are essential and the council will consider these points seriously.


  • Here is a word doc. version of all the questions for those who want to prepare their nomination offline.
  • Please note that we do hope you will do the necessary research to fill in this form so that Dr. Earle and the Hope Spot council can make an informed decision. However if you want to support Hope Spots but haven’t got the time to do all research and become a Champion we would like to encourage to ‘Like’ and ‘share’ the Hope spots and areas important to you through our soon to be updated website. We know that there are different levels of knowledge and all are equally valid, especially when collected together.

You will need to prepare the following information to fill out the nomination form

  1. Name of the proposed Hope Spot
  2. Contact information: Name, physical address, email, phone number
    • This information will only be used for contact purposes between Mission Blue and yourself unless otherwise authorized.
  3. The location of the Hope Spot on a world map (provided in the form) with an estimate of the size of the area.
    • Please be as precise as possible and indicate the measurement of the area (km or miles)
  4. Using the questions in the table below or in the downloadable word doc. tell us about the special features of your proposed Hope Spot. Indicate: presence (yes); absence (no); and unsure (unsure) along with justifications for your choices. See an example in the first question and please provide evidence to justify this choice (Max 2000 characters) 
    How is your Hope Spot special? Does it…

1.1 Hold significant/representative populations of rare or endemic species

yes      no     unsure

1.1 Comments: e.g. We have a breeding population of grey reef sharks  found nowhere else in the region…

1.2 Contain umbrella species

yes      no     unsure


1.3 Hold a wide diversity of species

yes      no     unsure


1.4 Hold a significant process or ecosystem here (e.g. phytoplankton bloom, reefs, kelp forests)

yes      no     unsure


1.5 Contain the site of significant event (breeding/spawning)

yes      no     unsure


1.6 Cover the location of species assemblages (e.g. breeding and aggregation of mammals-corals-fish)

yes      no     unsure


1.7 Hold importance for the dispersal of adults and/or juveniles

yes      no     unsure


1.8 Potentially have a spill-over effect if under legal protection

yes      no     unsure


               How is your Hope Spot special? Is it…

2.1 Placed on or is a migration route

yes      no     unsure


2.2 A site that enhances connectivity between other marine protected areas or specific populations

yes      no     unsure


2.3 An area of cultural significance to a local or regional population (historical, cultural or spiritual value)

yes      no     unsure


2.4 A nomination that has community based support

yes      no     unsure


2.5 A site that contains economic/touristic appeal (natural spectacle)

yes      no     unsure


2.6 Made up of significant aesthetic qualities that it can attract attention to threatened or weakened ecological qualities 

yes      no     unsure


              How is your Hope Spot special? Is the site…

3.1 Potentially encouraging of scientific research projects

yes      no     unsure


3.2 Accessible for educational projects, directly or indirectly (through digital means)

yes      no     unsure


3.3 Made up of a ‘Star’ quality not already mentioned, with potential to make a difference in the final decision. (Be creative here)

yes      no     unsure


7.     What organizations or sections of the community are currently involved in supporting this Hope Spot proposal and who is their primary contact(s)? This can include governmental or non-governmental organizations, if any. Contact details will be kept in confidence unless otherwise authorized and used only for validating information. Please send us supporting letters from them to show evidence of their support- these can be attached to the form in section 11.

8.      How is the Hope Spot threatened and what is its current level of protection?

  • Please indicate the threats and if the protection is legal with basic information about the designating body, if there are management plans in place, etc. (Max 1500 characters)

9.       Your concrete goals for the proposed Hope Spot if Mission Blue officially accepts it.

  • E.g. Please include some of the initial steps you plan to implement to move towards legal protection. Will you engage in awareness raising, lobbying your local authorities, research…? (Max 1000 characters)

10.      Is there an interest in the site from any governmental authority, indigenous or other local community group (including local fishers and their associations etc.)? Have you approached the different interested parties and what was their reaction?

  • It is important that the other communities using this site are engaged in this process and if possible participate in the nomination process in some way (proof of their support can also be shown via letters of support). (Max 1000 characters)

11.       Any other sources of information on the proposed Hope Spot, e.g. articles, stories, scientific papers, supporting letters, reports & photos you might have available.

  • Any information provided here can be used by the council to support your justifications in the criteria table or add extra information not already requested. (Max 16 megabytes)

12.    Additional comments.

  • This is a chance to add any additional comments (e.g. if you think your proposed Hope Spot has funding requirements to be successful, if many volunteer hours have already been spent on conserving this area and how many can be counted upon in the future, what support you would need from Mission Blue and the council etc…). (Max 2500 characters)

13.   How your proposed Hope Spot will provide HOPE for the future. You can be as creative as you wish here.



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