Photos by Garth Cripps (© Blue Ventures 2012)
Beach seine fishing is one of the most destructive fishing gears practiced in many areas of the tropical indo-Pacific. For the past five years Blue Ventures has been working closely with Rare Conservation to develop social marketing campaigns aimed at reducing the prevalence of this fishing method, and encouraging more sustainable, traditional fishing practices.
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Dr Garth Cripps leads BV's Blue Forests project – leveraging the enormous value of mangrove forests, from supporting fisheries to sequestering carbon dioxide, to protect these extraordinary ecosystems on a large scale.
Garth has worked on some of the world's pioneering REDD+ projects with Conservation International, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the World Bank. He is bringing this experience to BV's efforts to establish mangrove REDD+ projects.
Garth is a Kinship Conservation Fellow; and has worked on a wide range of other conservation projects, including with the Zoological Society of London and WWF.
He has a strong interest in conservation photography and in using this to tell the human story behind conservation.