marine reserves

Marine Reserves Coalition Co-ordinator

Last edited 1 September 2011 at 2:17pm
Closing Date: 
30 September, 2011 (All day)

Please note this post is based at Zoological Society London - and not Greenpeace UK.

In recognition of the critical role which marine reserves can play in helping to stop the degradation of our oceans, ClientEarth, Greenpeace, the Marine Conservation Society, The Pew Environment Group and Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have come together to create the Manifesto For Marine Reserves and promote its objectives.

The coalition is now looking for an exceptional individual to help us deliver this goal by:

  • Convening meetings of the coalition partners and initiating and coordinating the coalition’s work
  • Developing Marine Reserve Coalition science-based positions that are used to inform decision-makers and relevant stakeholders
  • Creating public support for Marine Reserve Coalition objectives, by actively engaging with other key players in the marine environment

Based at ZSL's offices in Regents Park, London, this post is initially for a one-year contract, and combines the following roles:

Coalition building: you will convene regular meetings of the Marine Reserves Coalition, facilitate their discussions, and provide the relevant information to support them in developing appropriate policy initiatives or actions to further the objectives of the coalition.

Research and information dissemination: you will keep appraised of the latest literature on marine reserves and compile short briefings for coalition members and disseminate pertinent information. All policy positions and briefings will be informed by sound science.

Policy and advocacy: you will follow discussions in the UK/UKOTs on marine reserves (including UK government positions in relevant international fora) making interventions as appropriate to promote the coalition’s objectives and analysis. This will involve keeping up-to-date with latest policy developments; writing policy briefings; responding to relevant UK, UKOT and European consultations; meeting with government officials; and building and maintaining relationships with the media, parliamentarians and civil servants.

Outreach and public engagement: you will co-ordinate and strengthen Marine Reserve Coalition membership in the UK and build support for the initiative, engaging with other organisations which might share our goals; you will raise public awareness about the state of the oceans and the need for action. Where appropriate and where requested by coalition members, you will assist them in engaging private sector players to support specific Marine Reserve Coalition positions. As part of an outreach plan, you will increase public engagement in marine reserves through social media, blogs and other forms of communication.

The ideal candidate will have a background in marine research and conservation, and/or in the field of policy, preferably on marine environmental issues; previous experience working in public policy environment; familiarity with UK parliamentary processes and experience working with coalitions and a diverse range of organisations and actors from the public and third sector in the UK.

Marine reserves success story: Cabo Pulmo, Mexico

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 30 August 2011 at 2:30pm - Comments
A sea lion swims near Greenpeace divers with the banner "Marine Reserves Now" in
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A sea lion swims near Greenpeace divers with the banner "Marine Reserves Now" in the Gulf of California

Greenpeace Mexico oceans campaigner Alejandro Olivera, reveals how the thriving 20-year old marine reserve at Cabo Pulmo, which has seen fish increase by 463 per cent in ten years to become the world's most successful, is now under threat from massive local development...

Greenpeace México oceans campaigner Alejandro Olivera onboard the Greenpeace shi
A sea lion swims near Greenpeace divers with the banner "Marine Reserves Now" in

Seas in crisis? Fix the Common Fisheries Policy

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 17 August 2011 at 4:24pm - Comments

Our seas are in peril: more than 70 per cent of Europe's fish stocks are overfished, putting our most popular species at risk if it continues. And the way Europe’s seas and fish are managed allows fleets to take two-to-three times more from our oceans than what scientists consider sustainable.

Tuna giant John West quits destructive fishing

Last edited 18 August 2011 at 10:00am

Also signs up to support Pacific marine reserves following Greenpeace campaign

26 July, 2011

London, 26th July 2011- John West today became the last of the major UK
tuna industry players to announce that they will shift to greener
fishing methods. All of the UK’s major tinned tuna companies and
supermarket own-brands have now promised to drop a fishing method which
is responsible for high levels of bycatch and have committed to no
longer sourcing tuna from within the Pacific Commons marine reserves.

John West, which produces one-third of all the tuna tins sold in the UK and is owned by the world’s largest seafood producing company Thai Union, joins UK companies Princes, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, M&S, Tesco, the Co-op and Morrisons, who have already ditched tuna fishing methods that use vast nets called ‘purse seines’ along with Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs).

Fashion and fish? Selfridges' Project Ocean is a powerful partnership

Posted by Willie — 17 May 2011 at 12:17pm - Comments
Prince Charles at the launch of Selfridges' sustainable fishing event Project Oc
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Prince Charles at the launch of Selfridges' sustainable fishing event Project Ocean

Selfridges launched Project Ocean with a bang last week. The legendary department store's front is draped with a giant banner asking ‘No more fish in the sea?.’ Their famed Oxford Street windows are filled with installations on fish issues - grabbing attention and headlines.  And they’ve pulled in a host of celebrity supporters, from Katherine Hamnett to Elle McPherson. But that's just the start of this month long celebration of our seas...

Selfridges launch Project Ocean

Posted by Willie — 11 May 2011 at 6:00pm - Comments
Project Ocean: Selfridges celebrate, fundraise and reach out to save our seas
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Project Ocean: Selfridges celebrate, fundraise and reach out to save our seas

There’s a big splash on Oxford Street today as Selfridges - the world’s best department store, on the busiest shopping street - has been taken over for five weeks to help save our seas with Project Ocean.

Frank Pope celebrates marine reserves in new BBC series: Britain's Secret Seas

Guest blog: Britain's Secret Seas - by Frank Pope

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 6 May 2011 at 5:12pm - Comments
Frank Pope celebrates marine reserves in new BBC series: Britain's Secret Seas
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Frank Pope celebrates marine reserves in new BBC series: Britain's Secret Seas

Ocean correspondent for the Times, and presenter of new BBC series Britain's Secret Seas (starting Sunday), Frank Pope shares his passion for our waters and why the UK needs more marine reserves now:

Everyone who's watched the stunning documentary series The Blue Planet is awestruck by the beauty and diversity of life in the ocean. But, I often felt that the spectacular colours, alien weirdness, and huge creatures featured, were filmed in a sea far different from the one that crashes against our cliffs and beaches. Boy, was I wrong.

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