Episode 7 – Remembering how diverse the oceans used to be & how we can get back to that.

With Lida Pet

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Lida Pet-Soede – on Is the global over fishing problem as bad as we’re told? Shifting baselines – what is viewed as normal today would have been unacceptable in the past.

About Lida Pet-Soede

Lida Pet-Soede is a senior strategic conservation and fisheries management professional. She has lived in many places around the world however most of her work has been based around Asia Pacific region, Indonesia and the Coral Triangle. Lida is originally from a dairy farm in the Netherlands, however discovered her love for the marine world whilst studying for her degree at Wageningen Agriculture University.

Captivated by the ocean, she went on to complete a Phd in Indonesia in Tropical Fisheries Biology and Management. Lida is currently enjoying the coastal gems of Cornwall but plans to move back to Indonesia in the near future.

Lida is a keen scuba diver, snorkeler and all round thalassophile. She has explored many amazing places, experiencing stunning underwater wilderness. Her career includes working with governments, NGOs and the private sector to achieve sustainable coastal and marine development in Indonesia and the Asia Pacific region. This includes project and strategy design, project review and evaluation, professional development coaching and creation of strategic partnerships. She conducts assessments and provides advice on tropical collaborative fisheries management, marine biodiversity conservation, sustainable aquaculture development, sustainable development in coastal communities, marine tourism, and policy reform for collaborative governance and management.

Lida is passionate about preserving our ocean for future generations and is currently focusing on the concept of Shifting Baselines.  The concept that younger generations of divers may be blown away by the beauty of our waters. However, the reality is that it is just a fraction of the thriving ecosystem that it used to be. We cannot appreciate what is lost, if we never knew it was there. Using this as a focal point of her work, Lida hopes to motivate younger young people about lost ecosystems, and encourage them to focus their careers in solutions to rewild.

I think that every individual can try and do their best, and that’s just about it. And then doing your best means that you are responsible to not be ignorant, and you are responsible not to do harm if you can avoid it’ — Lida Pet-Soede

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