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Meet the 2018 Ocean Talks Speakers

Meet the 2018 Ocean Talks Speakers

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AJ Sutherland

Chief Officer, S/Y Black Pearl

AJ Sutherland is the Chief Officer of S/Y Black Pearl.

AJ was born in Malawi and attended boarding school at Kingswood School in Bath, UK. He had an amazing upbringing with the benefit of a British education and African holidays! AJ has always been fascinated with wildlife and nature. Lake Malawi was his first introduction to our liquid planet and what it has to offer. Following the nature and travelling theme he attended London university to do a Zoology degree and then joined the RAF for 5 years.

For the last 21 years AJ has been on or in the ocean in some capacity or other – starting work as a dive instructor in Western Australia and throughout the Pacific region with over 3000 dives completed and more recently as a mariner on various yachts around the world. He joined the Black Pearl team in January 2017.

“I believe that educating people as to the “why” is the key to saving the planet from human devastation! If people understand why we must stop using so much plastic they may actually change before it’s too late...every little bit counts.”

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