Seas At Risk is proud to announce the election of its new chairperson at its AGM. Sam Fanshawe, Chief Executive Officer of UK-based marine protection charity the Marine Conservation Society, was unanimously elected by the delegates of Seas At Risk’s member organisations.

She will succeed Herman Verheij of the Dutch Wadden Society, who has for 6 years presided over Seas At Risk’s successful profiling of itself as an EU authority on marine protection.

“Seas At Risk is lucky to have such capable chairpersons. It has been a great experience working with Herman, who helped to steady and expand the organisation, and I am looking forward to working with Sam and her wealth of experience in marine protection and steering a growing organisation” said Monica Verbeek, Executive Director of Seas At Risk.

Ms. Fanshawe has been with MCS for 20 years and served as their CEO since 2004. She will be taking the helm at Seas At Risk during its 25th anniversary year and hopes to further enhance the standing of SAR as a leading voice in marine protection on the EU stage.

Sam Fanshawe says she’s delighted to take on the role: “It’s a real honour and privilege to take on the role of Chair of an organisation such as Seas at Risk that has established itself as a leading authority on marine protection amongst European politicians and industry groups. I look forward to working with the team and all 22 member organisations to secure healthy European seas, for the benefit of wildlife, for European citizens and the livelihoods that depend on healthy oceans.”

The Seas At Risk AGM also welcomed three new member organisations. Project AWARE is an international organisation of divers who work to protect the marine environments through research and awareness raising, with offices in the UK, USA and Australia. From Greece, Archipelagos has worked to monitor the coastal biodiversity of Greek seas and islands since 1998. Another UK based organisation, the Environment Investigation Agency, is an independent campaigning organisation committed to bringing about change that protects the natural world by investigating and exposing environmental crimes.

This brings the total number of members of Seas At Risk to 22, from 13 different EU countries, and with further applications already underway!

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