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Mr. Andy Sharpless, smiling, in a business suit leaning on a counter, behind him is a fish market counter with various fish and seafood on offer
Mr. Andy Sharpless, Chief Executive Officer, Oceana

Want to feed the world? First you need to save the oceans. 

Save The Oceans, Feed the World
Lecture and Discussion
Speaker: Mr. Andrew Sharpless, Chief Executive Officer, Oceana
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
6:00pm to 7:00pm PST
Online via Zoom

About the Topic

Want to feed the world? First you need to save the oceans. Join Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless for a discussion on how restoring the oceans could feed 1 billion people a healthy seafood meal each day. Oceana is the largest international conservation organization fully dedicated to protecting the oceans. Oceana campaigns in the countries that control about one third of the world’s wild fish catch in order to win policy victories that can restore oceans to abundance and deliver more seafood to the future.

About the Speaker

Andrew Sharpless has led Oceana since 2003 as its Chief Executive Officer. Oceana, founded in late 2001, has grown in that time to be the largest international conservation organization fully dedicated to protecting the oceans.

Under his leadership, Oceana and its allies have protected more than 4.5 million square miles of habitat and won more than 200 significant policy victories that will protect and restore the world’s oceans. Oceana campaigns have banned bottom trawling and offshore oil exploration in Belize, helping to protect the world’s second-largest barrier reef system. Other victories have preserved unique habitats in Chile, made the seafood trade more transparent, and helped combat illegal fishing around the globe.

With campaigns underway in Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the European Union, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Oceana is fighting for policies that will restore oceans to abundance in countries responsible for about one third of the wild fish caught each year.

Sharpless also led Oceana through the development and launch of Global Fishing Watch, an online platform that offers the first free global view of commercial fishing, in partnership with SkyTruth and Google. Sharpless sits on the Board of Directors for this now-independent organization.

Sharpless holds degrees from Harvard Law School, the London School of Economics, and Harvard College. He previously served in leadership roles at, RealNetworks, and the Museum of Television & Radio in New York City. His volunteer work includes serving as trustee and treasurer of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.

Suggested Reading

Lecture Location:  Online via Zoom

Title: Class #IEPG 8666A: Intl. Marine Policy Speaker Series

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The Center for the Blue Economy is a research organization at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.  Our mission is to promote a sustainable ocean and coastal economy (the “Blue Economy”) through leadership in research, analysis, and education.  For questions contact: Rachel C. at or visit or call 831-647-4183 (must leave message and receive call back).