Saturday, 29 May
This session will discuss the impact of bottom trawl fishing - its impact on biodiversity, climate and local economies. We will investigate Greens' potential role in impacting the European Commission's upcoming oceans protection action plan, as part of a larger push to protect 30% of oceans by 2030.
Participants will also have the opportunity to briefly discuss their country and party's work in protecting oceans.
Attendees will learn about the TILT campaign on banning bottom trawling in marine protected areas.
Björn Stockhausen, Fishing policy advisor, Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament
Björn Stockhausen is the Advisor on Fisheries Policy for the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament. Prior to that, he worked for the NGO Seas At Risk in Brussels and the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy. He studied biology and marine ecology in Germany and Finland.
Vera Coelho, Director of advocacy, Oceana
Vera Coelho is Oceana’s Senior Director, Advocacy in Europe. She leads the organisation’s campaigns and Oceana’s policy, communications and science work in Europe. Vera is a political scientist with 14 years of experience working with national, European and global environment NGOs to protect freshwater and saltwater ecosystems. She is intimately familiar with EU decision-making processes and what it takes to successfully implement EU campaigns to achieve measurable conservation impact.
Rachel Nelems is a digital campaigner with years of experience working for a rapid response campaign organisation in Canada as well as the Green Party of Canada during their last federal election campaign.