David Levy


David is a retired headteacher, antique dealer & auctioneer.   On the environmental front, he took the Environment Agency & Blue Circle Cement to the Courts of Justice over the use of tyres as a fuel in cement kilns & the impact on air quality & human health winning his case in the long-run.   He also challenged the cement industry over their use of other “substitute fuels”, particularly waste solvents, & secured significant changes in policy.   In this work he met Stephen Eades, Marinet’s co-ordinator, and they worked together on the design and delivery of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.   He is Chair of Marinet, tackling marine issues with a team approach & by giving individuals the opportunity to lead. He believes strongly in the role of the volunteer within Marinet.



I grew up in southern California, and living near the Californian coast ignited my interest in marine life.   Since then I have always had a passion for protecting marine animals.   I graduated in 2020 in BSc Marine Vertebrate Zoology at Bangor University, with follow-on MSc study in 2021 in Conservation Science and Policy at Exeter University.   I want to pursue a career in shark conservation and to help to educate people on the importance of the planet’s marine ecosystems.   I take part in beach clean-ups organised by charities, as well as in my free time.   I also use social media to get the importance of these issues across to a wider audience.


Stephen Eades


Stephen Eades has been campaigning on marine issues since 1979 when he helped found Save Our Shoreline, Southport Association, in Merseyside in order to tackle marine pollution issues in Liverpool Bay and the Irish Sea.   In 2002, following a move to Wiltshire, he helped found Marinet.   He is self-taught in these matters, and believes strongly in creating organisations which help people to campaign both for a better environment and for a society that works in harmony with the natural world.



Deb has worked with Marinet since 2009.   Her publication entitled The Ocean Planet reviews the serious challenges which our seas and oceans now face and outlines proposals for fundamental changes in marine management to solve this crisis using an ecosystem-based approach.



Pat Gowen


Prior to retiring from the University of East Anglia in 1983, Pat had a broad working scientific career in analysis, pharmacy, radiology, space electronics, food research, adult education, HM Prison & in University teaching & research.   In trips to sea gathering samples for the marine biology programme he became aware of the massive damage being inflicted on the sea bed & marine creatures due to the input of untreated sewage & other waste & by mining the seabed for minerals.   He first joined Andrew Lees in the Broadland Friends of the Earth successful campaign saving the Norfolk Broads grazing marshes from drainage & arable conversion followed on by yet another successful major campaign fighting the industrial mercury pollution of the Norwich soil, groundwater & river.   He then went on to form the North Sea Action Group which in turn later joined forces with MARINET to become Chairman & continuing to work on the conservation & protection of the sea & its shoreline, fighting offshore aggregate dredging, sewage & other pollution and the damaging & unfair impositions brought about by the Shoreline Management Plan.   Prior to retirement Pat was a Member of the Institute of Science Technology & a Justice of the Peace, a director of AMSAT & a gold medal holder awarded for his work in space communications.


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