Marine ecologist

Dr Kerry Sink is a marine ecologist with a passion for conservation.

She is currently developing a new working group with the Endangered Wildlife Trust to implement conservation methods in marine and coastal ecosystems. She is the chairperson of the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative and is involved in several other marine science and conservation projects. Sink is a research associate of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, where she has been working for 10 years. Her research interests range from rocky shores to offshore habitats and biodiversity. She worked for three years on the African coelacanth ecosystem programme.

Aged 33, Sink has a PhD from the University of Cape Town. She 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.

Lunch spot: Tamboti Coffee Shop, Sodwana Bay; under the flatcrown tree at the NSA Gallery, Durban