This time panellists discussed the contentious debate surrounding practices of overfishing, marine protected areas, and the future of sustainable fishing post-Brexit.
Jonathan Leake, former Environmental Editor at The Sunday Times, moderated the event again and the panel included voices from every corner of the debate. Our panellists included:
Charles Clover - Journalist and author. Charles writes a weekly column about environmental matters in the Sunday Times and is the former Environmental Editor of the Daily Telegraph. Charles is the executive director of the Blue Marine Foundation and author of The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat.
Barrie Deas – Chief Executive of the National Federation of Fisherman’s Organisations. He is the Chair of the North Sea Advisory Council’s Demersal Working Group and sits on the Executive Committee of the North West Waters Advisory Council. Until recently, he was one of the vice presidents of the European trade association, Europeche.
Elspeth Macdonald- Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish Fisherman’s Federation and former deputy Chief Executive of Food Standards Scotland. Elspeth previously worked in the Scottish Government’s Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen.
We also received a special message from the Ullapool Sea Savers, an environmental conservation group founded and run by children in the Scottish Highlands. The Sea Saver's were featured on Prince William's "A Future for Us All" and are a shining light in the future of marine protection.