Andy Lewis – Coral Sea Foundation
Connecting with us from Magnetic Island, Australia, we hear from Dr Andy Lewis who managed the ecotourism activities aboard the luxury vessel True North for over a decade and visited a plethora of remote locations throughout the Coral Triangle. Armed with his PhD in coral reef ecology from James Cook University, and a passion for the reefs, islands and people of the South-Pacific, Andy developed the Coral Sea Foundation which has evolved at an impressive rate since its conception.
The aim of the Coral Sea Foundation is to raise awareness of the ecological and social value of the Coral Sea and Eastern Coral Triangle, and to be proactive in its sustainable management. This region contains the last great reservoir of ultra-diverse coral reef in the world, yet most of it is remote and rarely visited, and there are insufficient marine protected areas to achieve robust conservation outcomes.
Combining an ethos of science, gender equity and sustainability, the Foundation works with traditional owners to develop marine reserves that enhance fisheries and protect biodiversity, while delivering humanitarian aid to improve the basic quality of life of people in our partner villages.
We fully support a global transition to renewable energy as a means of mitigating the effects of climate disruption on coral reefs, and we have a strong commitment to deliver our programs with innovative sailing vessels driven by wind power and biofuels.
Simply put, these coral reefs are too precious to lose.
Andy Lewis covers a variety of topics and locations and later in the episode, airs his views on how we should be focusing our efforts to ensure that life on Earth is sustainable for all.