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Joan Edwards

Head of Living Seas

The Wildlife Trusts


Head of Living Seas


The Wildlife Trusts








What makes Joan Edwards a Global Shaker?

Marine biologist Joan Edwards is the sort of person you want in your corner when you’re trying to get something of value done. Over the past 30 years, as Head of Living Seas at The Wildlife Trusts, she has been instrumental in pushing the UK Government to protect the diversity of marine life.

She joined the charity, which now counts 800,000 members, in 1987. After hearing about the damage local fisherman were doing to Lyme Bay reefs a few years later, she lobbied the UK Government until the area became protected in 2007. From then, she led the push towards the UK’s first ever Marine Act, and has since been key in identifying the 91 Marine Conservation Zones in English waters, covering an estimated 220 kilometres squared.

Edwards has responsibility for national policy on marine conservation, and has substantial knowledge of marine biodiversity, marine ecosystems and maritime industries. She holds a degree in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography from Norton Priory.

Tags: marine life, Ocean Conservation, Oceans

Last updated: March 18, 2020