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:

  • 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.

Fishers licensed to DSIFCA please register here

Leadership team

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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 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 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 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.

 

Programme Specialists

  Sophie Thomas, Designer for circularity, certified waste manager, founder of RSA Great Recovery  

Sophie Thomas, Designer for circularity, certified waste manager, founder of RSA Great Recovery  

 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 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. Jenna Jambeck, Waste engineer studying waste issues related to marine debris. Advisor to US State Department. New Materials Institute   

Dr. Jenna Jambeck, Waste engineer studying waste issues related to marine debris. Advisor to US State Department. New Materials Institute   

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

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

 Dr. Lucy Woodall, micro plastics, molecular ecology, deep sea. Oxford University

Dr. Lucy Woodall, micro plastics, molecular ecology, deep sea. Oxford University

 

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.