Sam Fanshawe, Marine Conservation Society

  • MCS, Marine Conservation Society, is an NGO based in Great Britain
  • Its aim is to protect the marine life 
  • Part of the international network Seas At Risk
  • Sam Fanshawe has been director of MCS since 2004.

Winner 2013:

Sam Fanshawe

(07.03.2013) Sam Fanshawe is awarded this year’s Rachel Carson Prize for her outstanding leadership of the British charity Marine Conservation Society, and for her strong and clear voice to protect the marine environment. The prize will be presented in Stavanger, Norway on June 2, 2013.

Sam (Samantha) Fanshawe is the leader of the MarineConservation Society (MCS), a charity based in Great Britain. The purpose of the organization is to protect seas, shores and wildlife, primarily concentrating on the marine environment surrounding Great Britain and the North Sea, and also influencing global initiatives.

Sam Fanshawe receives the prize for her longterm commitment to protect marine resources and for her leadership of the MCS. Under her leadership the impact and scope of conservation work delivered by the MCS has increased significantly. Sam is recognized as a charismatic leader, representing a clear voice in public debate. She is also a successful lobbyist for her cause.

Fanshawe has during her long professional career held key positions on numerous multi-stakeholder groups increasing awareness of and developing solutions to the environmental challenges facing our seas. She is an effective communicator to a wide range of audiences, and with a strong grounding in science, ensures that conservation messages and campaigns are based on facts and substantive evidence to effectively influence politicians and decision makers.

Through her engagement with MCS she has written and co-authored several reports. The report Silent Seas was published in 2008, and underlines the need for urgent action in order to conserve the environment surrounding the British Isles. In this report the authors substantiate the damaging effects of overfishing, pollution and the
insufficient protection of marine habitats and species. The report concludes that without significant changes in order to obtain protection of the marine environment, coasts and seas will face an ecological catastrophe.

“The systematic decline in the state of our seas is one of the greatest environmental threats of this century. Without action, instead of seas teaming with fish and dolphins, the seas could become filled with algae and jellyfish, falling largely silent and empty of life”, says Fanshawe.

Sam Fanshawe will receive the prize in Stavanger on June 2, as part of the city’s celebrations of World Environment Day.