Technological advancements and rising consumer demand for seafood have led to fishing practices rapidly depleting shellfish and fish populations globally. It is estimated that over 170 billion pounds of wildlife is extracted from our seas every year – a figure scientists and economists warn may soon result in a complete collapse of the world’s fisheries.
Sustainable fishing practices, appropriate regulation, and innovative technology play an essential part in addressing our over-reliance on this vital source of protein and healthy fats. Join us as we explore the role of regulators, investors, entrepreneurs, and consumers in ensuring the long-term resilience of ocean wildlife and our global food systems joined by Chris Gorell Barnes, digital entrepreneur and marine conservationist; Marta Marrero Martin, The Nature Conservancy’s Oceans Governance Director; James Fox-Davies, Chair on the Aquaculture Leadership Group; and moderated by Adrien Vincent, Associate at SYSTEMIQ.
Chris Gorell Barnes is a digital entrepreneur and marine conservationist best known as executive producer of the award-winning documentary The End of the Line, a documentary film that changed attitudes towards seafood, including among companies such as Pret A Manger and Marks & Spencer. The End of the Line won the inaugural Puma Creative Impact Award in 2011 for its success in changing consumer behaviour. In 2009, Gorell Barnes and fellow producer George Duffield founded a marine conservation charity, the Blue Marine Foundation, a world leading marine charity dedicated to creating marine reserves and establishing sustainable models of fishing. He is Founding Partner of Ocean 14 Capital a leading impact fund focused on ensuring a healthy ocean for everyone through a sustainable & regenerative blue economy. He was named by the London Evening Standard newspaper in 2013 as one of the most powerful ‘Tech Stars’ in the UK.
Marta Marrero Martin is The Nature Conservancy’s Oceans Governance Director. Marta has been directing the oceans governance programme at the Conservancy since 2016. She is an environmental lawyer with 13 years of experience protecting nature through international and European Union policy and law. She has successfully engaged in various fisheries policy advocacy efforts in the EU, Japan, China, in several RFMOs (IATTC, ICCAT, NEAFC, CCAMLR) and she is also working towards a new UN high seas treaty. Marta manages the Leading Women for the Ocean Network and is a mentor of The Economist’s Women and the Ocean initiative.
James Fox-Davies has been farming shellfish in the UK for the past 5 years using both traditional and modern aquaculture systems. He Chairs the Aquaculture Leadership Group and sits on the board of the Seafood Industry Leadership Group, recently having launched the English Aquaculture Strategy. His current focus is on developing sustainable fin fish farming in the UK.
Adrien Vincent is leading the ocean work of SYSTEMIQ. He worked with the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy for the past 2 years, being one of the lead authors of the report “Ocean Solutions that Benefit People, Nature and the Economy”, published in December 2020. Adrien is also the Programme Director of Seaweed for Europe, a coalition launched in June 2020 to advance a sustainable seaweed industry in Europe. Prior, he served in the French navy for 2 years and worked at McKinsey & Company during 6 years, being largely involved with the Sustainability practice. Adrien holds an Engineering degree from ENSTA ParisTech, with a major in Environment, a master’s degree in climate change from Institut National Supérieur de Techniques Nucléaires (INSTN), and a specialized Master in strategic management from HEC Paris.