March 16, 2011

Sylvia Earle spoke to Stephen Sackur at the Editorial Intelligence conference in Portmeirion, in North Wales.

“The world renowned American oceanographer, Sylvia Earle, is convinced that our seas, and therefore our planet, are in grave peril. But how can she convince the world to take notice of a global threat which is invisible to most of us?”

To watch the full discussion on BBC World News click here. Re-posted from BBC News.


  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Sylvia,

    I am a little girl and I was wondering what types of risks you faced. Thank you if you reply.

    • Hello. I'm replying for Dr. Earle as she is travelling and unable to answer you herself. Of course Dr. Earle has faced personal risks during her career due to the exploratory nature of her work, but far more important to focus on are the dangers faced by nature at the hands of humans. For example, sharks are far more at risk from fishing than we are from sharks. Fisheries kill between 70-100 thousand sharks per year, whereas sharks kill perhaps 10 humans per year.

      I do not think that any of us working in ocean conservation think very much about the risks we face as we are focused primarily on our quest to save the oceans and the creatures within it.

      Thank you for asking and if you have any other questions, please feel free to write me at


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