Award-winning conservationist Veta Wade lectures on advancing an equitable and resilient blue economy

Event continues the 2022 New England Aquarium Lecture Series

WHAT: The New England Aquarium Lecture Series welcomes award-winning Caribbean-based ocean conservationist Veta Wade. Wade is the founder of Fish ‘N Fins Inc., a marine conservation program in Montserrat for Caribbean children that teaches children to swim, snorkel, and dive while creating knowledgeable, passionate ocean stewards. The Fish ‘N Fins Smart(er) Tourism approach for ocean and coastal restoration and protection seeks to embed science, learning, and exploration technologies within the tourism industry to advance a more equitable and resilient Caribbean blue economy.

Wade will take you on her journey to accelerate progress on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal #14 and beat entrenched social and economic inequalities to act urgently for our ocean this decade.

The Aquarium Lecture Series is presented free to the public through the generosity of the Lowell Institute.

WHEN: Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: In person at the New England Aquarium’s Simons Theatre and virtual via Zoom.

HOW: Register here for the free lecture.

WHO: Veta Wade is an award-winning ocean conservationist from Happy Hill, Montserrat. She is an Access & Ocean Equity Consultant and thought leader whose work relies on an equitable partnership that rejects a colonial approach to conservation and centers on social equity. Wade is also a key partner at the Ocean Heroes Network and supports the digitalization of Fisheries via Project DigiFish Barbados and Pelagic Data Systems. She is passionate about knowledge transfer between small island developing states that promote empowerment, capacity strengthening, and climate resilience. This can be seen via her media series, The Blue Zone, her design and delivery of the AQUA Caribbean Blue Economy Conference in 2020, and her Whitepaper, A Framework for the Equitable Caribbean Blue Economy. Wade was recognized by the 2020 Global Ocean Awards as a leader on marine conservation issues within the Caribbean through her non-profit organization Fish ‘N Fins Inc. She is currently enrolled on the United Nation’s Ocean Decade Early Career Ocean Program, with a focus on the Deep-Sea Ocean Strategy 2022-2025.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Pam Bechtold Snyder – psnyder@neaq.org, 617-686-5068