Amy Pryor is a marine and estuarine scientist with over 20 years of experience in marine and coastal management. Amy started her career through studying marine biology at Newcastle University and then took a job fresh out of university monitoring deep sea fisheries in the North East Atlantic and South Atlantic Ocean for MRAG Ltd as a live aboard scientist. After seven years on the high seas, she came back to dry land and became the Programme Coordinator for the Marine and Freshwater Conservation Programme Department at the Zoological Society of London coordinating their global suite of projects. Amy went on to work for the Balanced Seas Marine Conservation Zone Project in the South East of England working with commercial and recreational fishermen to recommend Marine Protected Areas. She then moved on to work for the Thames Estuary Partnership, starting as a Project Officer. During this time she completed a Masters in Aquatic Science at UCL to understand how to work across rivers, estuaries and coasts for the benefit of marine environments. She is now the Technical Director at TEP, London’s Coastal Partnership covering the tidal Thames. She is responsible for developing, managing and raising funds for a robust programme of projects and research across the main themes effecting the river today including data, environment, education, skills and training, research and innovation. She also Chairs the national Coastal Partnerships Network, which exists to facilitate knowledge exchange and sharing best practice across 87 similar organisations and provides a national voice for coastal issues. Amy is a lifelong ocean lover, a founding member of the Marine CoLABoration seeking to embed a values based approach to messaging on ocean health and is striving to enhance the health of the ocean including the Thames, London’s ‘local ocean’.
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