The annual lunch for the Foundation's Board of Experts was held in Paris on 18 December 2018. It was a very nice moment to gather, and for me, the occasion to express, to each of them, my warmest thanks and to highlight their unswerving commitment to our work. They are the cornerstone of the stringent project selection procedure the Foundation established from the very outset. So a huge thank-you to our 34 volunteer experts, who support the Foundation’s 'Project Selection Committee' in its decision-making with their invaluable analysis and recommendations!
In the coming months, a new research study will be completed on the European fishing industry. This fundamental study, undertaken by BLOOM, will shed light on the opaque subsidy schemes that play a major role in the destruction of marine ecosystems and sustainable livelihoods. ‘That’s how we win our battles’, explains Claire Nouvian, founder and president of BLOOM, ‘by producing indisputable scientific evidence’. Guest of honor at the lunch, listen to her, in this newsletter, clarifying her approach. Her exemplary victory in having a ban imposed on deep-sea bottom trawling earned her the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize. She keeps on fighting today with the same energy and pugnacity against the disaster foretold of electrical fishing.
I am delighted that this new year is beginning with the voice of Claire Nouvian. Hers is a determined voice! The voice of a small organization that has succeeded, against all odds, in making itself heard by major decision-makers. It is also the voice of all the unseen in the ocean depths, and it warns of invaluable know-how in danger of disappearing. She is inspiring and encouraging! My wish is that this newsletter exists not only to inform, but above all to stir us to action!
I hope you will enjoy reading this issue.