Fish Night 4: Governing our high seas. Why now?

News, 18 November 2016
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Fish Night 4 will hear from a record-breaking ocean skipper on her ocean experiences (Image: Nick Turner/IIED)

Fish Night 4 will hear from a record-breaking ocean skipper on her ocean experiences (Image: Nick Turner/IIED)

Skipper and ocean plastics expert Emily Penn will be the guest speaker at next month's Fish Night, the fourth instalment of IIED's event that highlights interesting and timely issues around fisheries and the oceans.

'Fish Night 4: Governing our high seas. Why now?' has been organised at IIED's headquarters in London on Thursday, 1 December with partners Blue Ventures and Ibex Earth, and registrations are now open.

An architect turned ocean advocate and skipper, Penn circumnavigated the globe on a record-breaking bio-fuelled boat. She spent six years at sea, exploring and discovering oceanic gyres – huge areas of plastic accumulation. She co-founded Pangaea Explorations, an organisation dedicated to marine education, conservation and exploration via a 72-foot sailing vessel.

Penn will share her insights from high seas to low lying islands, connecting her experiences to the challenges facing today's society. She will delve into the issue of ocean plastic pollution; from rigorous scientific analysis to developing solutions involving large-scale community involvement.

Her discussion will be followed by question-and-answer session moderated by IIED director Andrew Norton. There will also be refreshments and an opportunity for guests to network. 

Previous events

IIED's Fish Night events bring together people from academia, government, conservation and the media to discuss issues around sustainable fisheries and oceans.

Previous Fish Nights have focused on sustainable fisheries and what governments and the private sector could do to promote them, and the launch of the online platform FishNet

Fish Night events aim to:

  • Demystify complex theories and scientific findings: by making the findings accessible to policymakers and consumers, they can promote informed decision-making and fisheries literacy
  • Create space to share hard-earned lessons, and
  • Inspire change to create fisheries that work today and into the future.

Event details

Date: Thursday, 1 December 2016
Venue: IIED, 80-86 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8NH

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