Tiare Boyes is a youth ocean leader. She is the Executive Director at B.C Tuna Fisherman's Association and Founder of Leeward Consulting Ltd.
The Economist’s World Ocean Summit was hosted in Abu Dhabi this year with the theme ‘building bridges’.
Many governmental representatives, corporations, NGOs and scientists were in attendance from around the world. While there was a youth contingency, they were largely absent from many of the events. Last year youth in marine fields were asked to present at short intervals between discussions, which was a highlight as many bright young ideas were shared and it was easy to recognize the youth and be able to speak with them during the networking events.
It was interesting to visit Abu Dhabi and learn of some of the ongoing ocean initiatives underway in the Gulf of Persia. It was wonderful to meet local representatives and to learn some of the unique local challenges facing desert/ocean cities.