The sea belongs to us all

Common Seas gets out there to discover and explore challenges facing people and the sea. We spot the issues and align experts to engineer systems, products and policies that improve social and economic value, whilst creating a resilient ocean.

We are evolving the Common Seas website, which will be online shortly. 

 

Our Focus

Halting the threats of marine plastic pollution

We are prioritising a twin-pronged approach:

  • Devising a Wedges approach to support the development and evaluation of strategies to minimise the flow of plastics into the rivers and oceans. Inspired by the Princeton Climate Change Stabilization Wedges and Paul Hawken’s Project Drawdown, a key output is to effectively communicate, on a single platform, that a portfolio of solutions delivered in tandem are required to solve the plastic pollution problem. Providing a practical framework that decision makers can populate and strengthen according to their regional context.
  • Demonstrating plastics circularity through locally testing practical solutions. Develop frameworks and identify innovations to reduce Ocean bound plastic. Initially working with businesses and communities in the UK, Greece and USA.
  • Driving increased evidence and awareness on the impacts of plastics to human health.

Transitioning towards fully documented inshore fisheries through implementing new technologies

Profitable and sustainable inshore fisheries and marine habitats can best be achieved by local, dynamic, seasonal and spatial management of fisheries and conservation areas. Commons Seas is working with fishery management and technical organisations to implement technologies and policies to monitoring and manage fishing activities across UK inshore waters.
 

Celebrating Fully Monitored Fisheries On World Ocean Day 

Vessels in the Devon and Severn fishing district will be celebrating World Oceans Day with a difference this year as they take part in a groundbreaking new programme activating technology to provide greater transparency and traceability across the inshore fishing sector.

Read more here


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  is a Sea Champion with nearly 20 years experience spearheading global marine programs and trans Ocean sailing ventures. She founded Common Seas to deliver policies, systems and technologies that enhance the productivity and resilience of the Ocean.  

Jo Royle, Managing Director

Jo Royle is a Sea Champion with nearly 20 years experience spearheading global marine programs and trans Ocean sailing ventures. She founded Common Seas to deliver policies, systems and technologies that enhance the productivity and resilience of the Ocean.  

  Simon Harrison, Director   Simon Harrison has been a shipping industry executive for over 30 years. He is a Director of Common Seas, where he combines his business experience and relationships to solve the issue of plastic pollution in ways that make sense for both the environment and economy. Simon is also a long term partner of Andonis and Filippos Lemos and a Trustee of their recently formed charitable foundation.

Simon Harrison, Director

Simon Harrison has been a shipping industry executive for over 30 years. He is a Director of Common Seas, where he combines his business experience and relationships to solve the issue of plastic pollution in ways that make sense for both the environment and economy. Simon is also a long term partner of Andonis and Filippos Lemos and a Trustee of their recently formed charitable foundation.

  Ben Jack, Director of Programme Delivery   Ben Jack has supported international projects addressing complex environmental sustainability challenges for over ten years. From coral reefs and mangrove forests to the jungles of Borneo, Ben has dedicated his career to delivering meaningful action and has worked extensively with a broad range of influencers, including fishing communities in The Philippines and multinational businesses.

Ben Jack, Director of Programme Delivery

Ben Jack has supported international projects addressing complex environmental sustainability challenges for over ten years. From coral reefs and mangrove forests to the jungles of Borneo, Ben has dedicated his career to delivering meaningful action and has worked extensively with a broad range of influencers, including fishing communities in The Philippines and multinational businesses.

  Sophie Thomas, Circular Economy Specialist   Sophie Thomas has worked with Common Seas for over five years, facilitating groups of business leaders to inspire the UK Plastic Pact. She is a recognised leader in the investigation and promotion of circular economy design principles to tackle the marine plastic pollution problem. In 2012, she founded The Great Recovery, a programme that builds capacity and understanding around circular design in the materials supply chain.

Sophie Thomas, Circular Economy Specialist

Sophie Thomas has worked with Common Seas for over five years, facilitating groups of business leaders to inspire the UK Plastic Pact. She is a recognised leader in the investigation and promotion of circular economy design principles to tackle the marine plastic pollution problem. In 2012, she founded The Great Recovery, a programme that builds capacity and understanding around circular design in the materials supply chain.

  Alice Beese, Operations Manager   Alice Beese has a background in operations and community management for pioneering social and environmental businesses including The Do Lectures, TYF, Civic and Swarm. At Unreasonable Group she supported entrepreneurs tackling the world’s greatest challenges to scale.

Alice Beese, Operations Manager

Alice Beese has a background in operations and community management for pioneering social and environmental businesses including The Do Lectures, TYF, Civic and Swarm. At Unreasonable Group she supported entrepreneurs tackling the world’s greatest challenges to scale.

 

Programme Specialists

  Jamie Buchannon-Dunlop, Educator, Founder Digital Explorer   Jamie Buchannon-Dunlop is an experienced educator creating new ways for children to learn about their changing world. He has worked both inside and outside the classroom, with expeditionary education programmes seeing him work in both polar regions and plenty of places in between.

Jamie Buchannon-Dunlop, Educator, Founder Digital Explorer

Jamie Buchannon-Dunlop is an experienced educator creating new ways for children to learn about their changing world. He has worked both inside and outside the classroom, with expeditionary education programmes seeing him work in both polar regions and plenty of places in between.

 

Research Partners

  Dr. Richard Thompson OBE Marine biology to behaviour change ‘Godfather of micro plastics research’. Plymouth University

Dr. Richard Thompson OBE Marine biology to behaviour change ‘Godfather of micro plastics research’. Plymouth University

 Dr Lucy Woodall is the lead scientist on the Common Seas Wedges approach. She published a number of papers on microplastics and marine litter and is actively involved in consultations and marine litter research and lectures in marine ecology at Oxford University. Lucy is an expert in deep-sea biology and her current work broadly focuses on the processes that drive biodiversity in the marine biome.

Dr Lucy Woodall is the lead scientist on the Common Seas Wedges approach. She published a number of papers on microplastics and marine litter and is actively involved in consultations and marine litter research and lectures in marine ecology at Oxford University. Lucy is an expert in deep-sea biology and her current work broadly focuses on the processes that drive biodiversity in the marine biome.

 
 

Previous Projects

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Secured the world’s largest marine reserve and developed innovative technology to enhance protection of vast areas of Ocean

The Plastiki, a campaign showcasing circular design to reduce ocean plastics that reached millions of people

Advises businesses, government and media regarding ocean plastics and fisheries management

 Inshore fishing and conservation

Published scientific papers to support the management of marine protected areas

 Inshore scallop ranch
 The edge of climate change

Designed England’s first scallop ranch to improve livelihoods while reducing environmental impact

Journeyed through the Indian and Bangladeshi Sundarbans to research life on the front lines of climate change  

 Ocean literacy

Influenced UK Government policy to ensure all children learn about Ocean related topics in school

 Vertical garden
 Jagriti Yatra

Developed vertical garden as a solution for coastal people living with increasing salinity. Tested the garden during Pacific crossing

Supported 500 young India’s to learn about social entrepreneurship while circumnavigate their country by train

 
The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides
— Jules Vern, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.