1979 - Fund for Animals
"Outstanding Courage in the field of Animal Protection"
1989 - Florida Keys
"Honorary Conch" - Honorary citizenship to the Florida Keys
Presented by Mayor Willamina Harvey.
1990 - CITY TV (Toronto)
"Environmentalist of the Year"
Presented by Robert Hunter.
1996 - The Town of St. Jean Ferrat, France
Honorary Citizenship to the French town of St. Jean Ferrat, France
Presented by Mayor Rene Vestri
1996 - The Town of Ville France sur la Mer, France
Medal of Service from the French town of Ville France sur la Mer, France
September 11, 1997 - The City ofSainte - Anne - de - Bellevue
Honorary Citizenship to Sainte - Anne - de - Bellevue. Presented by Mayor Bill Tierney
March 28, 1998 - Ark Trust Foundation, Genesis Award
"Life Time Achievement Award" - Captain Watson is recognized for three decades of heroic and effective animal activism. Presented by Martin Sheen and Pierce Brosnan
March 1999 - Earth Trustee Award
Presented at the United Nations Building in NYC
June 22, 1999 - President George H.W. Bush
"Daily Points of Light" Award
May 2000 - Time Magazine
Earth Day 2000 Special Award, Heroes of the Planet
Paul Watson named one of the top twenty environmental heroes of the 20th Century
July 2001 - S.P.E.A.K. (Supporting and Promoting Ethics for the Animal Kingdom)
Star Award to Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for Outstanding Organization
October 2001 - Eco - Link Award
Los Angeles, CA
November 10, 2001 - The Orangutan Foundation
Conservationist of the Year Presented by Birute Galdikas
July 2, 2002 - Inducted into The U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame
Watson is inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to animal liberation.
The UK newspaper The Independent selects Watson as one of the planet's top ten eco - warriors as reported in their January 23rd article entitled "Defenders of the Earth."
2007 - Winsome Constance Kindness Trust
Gold Medal for Humanitarian Service Presented by Phil and Trix Wollen
June 18, 2007 - Five Nations
Presentation of registries and flags for the ships Robert Hunter and FarleyMowat
Captain Watson also presented with a special handmade traditional shirt by the women of the Longhouse of the Mohawks of Kahnewake.
July 5, 2007 - Two awards in Ecuador
For the protection of marine life around the world
Presented by General Director Gustavo Paez of AMAZNOR, a grassroots organization dedicated to the protection of pink dolphins and manatees in the Amazon region
Asociacion Latino Americana Para Los Derechos Humanos [The Latin American Association for Human Rights]
Selected for the awarded by Ecuadorian Vice President Lenin Moreno and Secretary General Dr. Juan de Dios Parra of the Latin American Association for Human Rights. Presented to Captain Watson at a special ceremony in Quito by General Cisneros.
January 5, 2008 - The Guardian - UK (online/print newspaper)
Watson is named as one of " 50 People Who Could Save the Planet"
March 24, 2008 - Australia Zoo: Wildlife Warrior Award
The award recognizes organizations and individuals, true heroes and Wildlife Warriors, who have contributed significantly to Steve Irwin's legacy and helping to keep Steve's dreams alive.
June 28, 2010 - Asociación de Amigos del Museo de Anclas Philippe Cousteau: Defense of Marine Life
In recognition of his merits achieved by the work done in defense of marine life
December 14, 2010 - Humanity4Water: Outstanding Commitment2Action
The award, in its third year, acknowledges sung and unsung heroes who work in the area of planet wellness. It is our hope that the awards inspire many more to contribute towards a healthier future for our water, earth and humanity.Previous awardees include: President Obama (US), Vice - President Al Gore (US), Dalai Lama (Tibet), Ted Danson (actor and board member of OCEANA), Wangiru Maathai (Green Belt Movement, Kenya), Andy Lipkin (The Tree People, US), Dan Huntley (Charlotte Observer, US) – to name but a few.
Paul Watson received the Jules Verne Award on October 10, 2012. He is only the second person along with Captain Jacques Cousteau to be honored with a Jules Verne Award dedicated to environmentalists and adventurers.