Sylvia Earle & SST
Sylvia Earle with other founding trustees of SST, Tony Ribbink (left) and the chairman of the Board, Robert Lowe (right).
Although Dr Earle met with Dr Ribbink four decades ago, their real association began in 2002 when Dr Ribbink was leading the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) and the two scientists shared the excitement of the discovery of live coelacanths off South Africa at a breakfast meeting at the National Geographic Society in Washington DC. The association grew over the years. Dr Earle was one of the eight founding trustees of Sustainable Seas Trust in 2007 and then became a Patron of the Trust in 2012.