One of the highlights of the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) is always the amazing plenary speakers. Over the next week and a bit we’ll be featuring all the plenary speakers on this blog. If you’re excited to hear them speak in person, make sure you register now for IMCC4. Discounted registration is available until May 8th.
Plenary Speech: Marine conservation is broken, and here is how we can fix it
Asha de Vos
is a Sri Lankan marine biologist, ocean educator, and pioneer of blue whale research within the Northern Indian Ocean. She is the founder of Oceanswell and The Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project. She is the first Sri Lankan to obtain a PhD in marine mammal research and established the first long-term study on blue whales of the Northern Indian Ocean. She has published several key research publications on Sri Lankan blue whales, which have led to this population being designated as a species in urgent need of conservation research by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Her pioneering work has been showcased internationally by Channel 7 Australia (2010), the BBC (2010), the New York Times (2012), CNN (2012), WIRED UK (2014), the New Scientist (2014), TED
(2015) and Grist (2015). She is also a guest blogger for National Geographic
. Asha is an invited member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Cetacean Specialist Group
, a TED Senior Fellow, a Duke University Global Fellow in Marine Conservation, an Ocean Conservation Fellow at the New England Aquarium, a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum