Marine Life Talk at NOC in Southampton

Humpback whales

6 October 2016 – Marine Conservation Efforts in Southern Mozambique

Speaker: Francesca Trotman

Love the Oceans, founded in 2014 by University of Southampton graduate Francesca Trotman, is a non-profit marine conservation organisation working in Mozambique. LTO hopes to protect the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales. We use research, education and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future. Our ultimate goal is to establish a Marine Protected Area for the Inhambane Province in Mozambique, achieving higher biodiversity while protecting endangered species.

LTO was originally founded to continue Francesca’s research into elasmobranch fisheries that she investigated for her Master's thesis. However, their research has expanded rapidly the first ever education projects in the area have begun. In this talk Francesca will explain why LTO’s work is so important and how you can get involved.

Francesca Trotman is the managing director and founder of Love The Oceans. With a Masters in Marine Biology from University of Southampton, she has always had a passion for marine life.

An avid diver since the age of 13, Francesca’s main passion has always been sharks, although she is interested in all aspects of marine life. Having originally visited Mozambique in 2013 for a photography internship, she was inspired to help the local fishermen work towards sustainable fishing. Francesca returned in 2014 for 3 months to start research on the artisanal fisheries of Guinjata Bay.

Prior to her visit to Mozambique, Francesca was an avid conservationist, attending meetings and lectures held by the Marine Conservation Society in London, England and has experience in conservation in many places throughout the Caribbean. Results orientated, Francesca constantly encourages people to consider conservation in everyday life and take a greener approach to modern living.


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Marine Life Talks

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Event dates: 
Thursday 6 October 2016 - 19:00 to 21:30