Sylvia Earle

2. Sylvia In Deep Worker Mission Blue Smll"With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you're connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live." Sylvia Earle

SST is honoured to be associated with Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and currently National Geographic Explorer in Residence. She influences thousands with her irrepressible optimism and inexhaustible energy and enthusiasm, which she shares with the public in her many inspiring and varied talks, as well as books about the oceans and its inhabitants, sharing what she has learned over the 50 years she has spent under and on the ocean. Accolades received in recognition of her event-filled decades as oceanographer, deep ocean explorer, author, and lecturer include innumerable national and international honours, medals and honorary university degrees.

Among her famous exploits: she led the first all-female team of women aquanauts as part of the Tektite II project designed to explore the marine realm and test the viability of deep water habitats and the health effects of prolonged living 15 metres undersea; on September 19, 1979, she set the world untethered diving record (still held for women), descending 381 metres in a pressurized suit; she and her husband designed Deep Rover, in which Dr Earle could explore the deep ocean down to nearly 1000 metres, and thus founded an engineering and technology firm to make submersibles. Sylvia also founded Mission Blue, an ocean community hub, and the Sylvia Earle Alliance, committed to explore and care for the ocean, which partner more than 50 organizations, including Sustainable Seas Trust.

Sylvia Earle & SST

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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.

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