Kerry Sink

Chairperson of the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative

Kerry, a marine ecologist with a passion for conservation, is the chairperson of the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative.

She is currently developing a new working group with the Endangered Wildlife Trust to implement conservation action in marine and coastal ecosystems. Kerry is also involved in several other marine science and conservation projects. She is a research associate of Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife, with whom she has been working for 10 years.

Her research interests are diverse, ranging from rocky shores to offshore habitats and biodiversity. She worked for three years on the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme. Kerry has a PhD from the University of Cape Town and is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Kerry believes that conservation is really about people, personal relationships with the environment, awareness and everyday actions. She is interested in involving marine and coastal resource users in monitoring and management, and encouraging children and young adults to get involved as custodians of the oceans. At present, less than 0,2% of South Africa’s marine area is under protection and Kerry hopes to play a role in bumping this figure up to between 20% and 30%.

She commutes between Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and her home in Sodwana Bay. When she is not driving or diving, she enjoys growing indigenous plants and trees, and visiting wild places.

Lunch Spot: Tamboti, Sodwana Bay; Under flatcrown tree at NSA gallery, Durban