TED Fellow Alasdair Harris is a social entrepreneur and ocean conservationist working at the interface of marine protection and poverty alleviation.

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Alasdair Harris works in some of the world's poorest countries, where his organization Blue Ventures seeks to demonstrate that effective marine conservation requires pragmatic, entrepreneurial and locally led approaches to ocean protection. His work focuses on developing scalable solutions to marine environmental challenges that make marine conservation make sense to coastal communities.

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Octopus’s garden: A TED Fellow with a radical approach to saving fisheries

February 20, 2015

Eco-entrepreneur Alasdair Harris is passionate about conserving marine biodiversity, and he’s doing it in unusual ways. While most marine conservationists focus on what’s in the water, Harris’ company Blue Ventures works with people in poverty-stricken coastal communities to engage them in rebuilding tropical fisheries and in the process of protecting both their ecosystems and livelihoods. The company’s approach: eco-tourism. We spoke […]

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Save the whales (and the humans too): A recap of TED Fellows Session 1 at TEDGlobal 2014

October 6, 2014

It’s time for TED Fellows Talks, the Rio edition! Twenty TED Fellows and Senior Fellows opened the conference in the stunning Golden Room of the Copacabana Palace Hotel. In Session 1, learn more about a grassroots marine conservation movement in Madagascar, a vending machine that dispenses food staples in Chile and a new database of African genetics. […]

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