I was first exposed to ocean plastics and pollution whilst on board a research vessel in South Africa eight years ago. During the tagging programme, a White shark swam by with fishing line wrapped around its body, its skin bulging on either side – this line, almost invisible, was eventually removed and the shark lived on.
Since then, my journey into marine conservation has continued to evolve. I have researched for conservation films, learned about the gliding seabirds, Fulmars, and their battle against plastics, started a creative beach-combing blog on Instagram called Trashpoetry and built a local beach clean community to tackle the problem in my area. It is therefore a privilege to join the SAS team, whereby through collaboration, we can maximise our impact and further spread the word about marine pollution and what can be done to prevent it.