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Claire Nouvian is a writer and environmentalist who has dedicated her career to protecting the distant and vulnerable deep sea. In 2018 she won the Goldman Prize, which is equivalent to the Nobel Prize for ecology.
While wonder drew her to the depths of the ocean, finding out about deep-sea fishing prompted her to focus on combating destructive fishing practices. Nouvian is committed to putting an end to deep-sea bottom trawling and advocates before governments and institutions in favour of the protection of the vulnerable ocean’s depths. In 2004, she founded the Paris and Hong Kong-based non-profit conservation organisation BLOOM.
Nouvian formerly worked in television production and journalism, specialising in wildlife and scientific documentaries. During filming across the world, she wrote her debut book, The Deep and an exhibition of the same name, which opened in 2007 at the Natural History Museum in Paris and presents the best specimens, pictures, and film clips that have been gathered by oceanographers over the past 25 years.
Additionally, Nouvian lectures on deep-sea fisheries, public fisheries subsidies, and sustainable development communication strategy at several universities in the world. In April 2018, the activist became the second French person to receive the prestigious Goldman Prize, which is considered to be the highest environmental award, and comes with a US$200,000 endowment.
Nouvian has lived in several countries and speaks six languages.