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.
John worked as a deck hand in the 1970s on trawlers and seine netters in the North Sea, and his interest in the current crisis comes from his experiences during that time. He is Marinet’s European co-ordinator.
DAVID LEVY – David is a 60 year old 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 rôle of the volunteer within Marinet.
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.