Meet Sara Aubery: Creating a pathway for recycling fishing gear | Wave Makers

May 18, 2022

How a team of boss ladies is changing the world!

If it's true that over 50% of the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is actually tangled fishing nets, then what about the rest of the ocean? How many lost, discarded and wasted nets are out there!? How do we get them out? Better question, how can we stop the problem from getting worse?! 

On this episode of Wave Makers, Tamara chats with Sara Aubery of Net Your Problem. Founded by Nicole Baker, this team of women is working to stop fishing nets and gear from ending up in the ocean or landfills. They provide fishermen with the waste management system that has been absent for so long. 

Sara has worked in natural resource management and conservation for over 15 years with organizations like NOAA, San Diego Zoo Global and The Nature Conservancy. She and Tamara discuss how as the Business and Project Development Coordinator for Net Your Problem, she works to form symbiotic partnerships to collect the otherwise wasted nets and give them new life in other industry's supply chains.

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Tamara Kahn

Before diving into promoting the incredible innovations of the ocean and water industry, Tamara spent a decade ocean bound for weeks at a time, working with state-of-the-art geophysical sensors in some of the most challenging environments, the salty depths of the world’s oceans. She enjoyed managing projects with advanced technology and collaborating with a diverse workforce and clientele, but her international travels made her witness to some of the worst challenges facing humanity, from ocean pollution to water scarcity. She resolved to pivot her career into sustainability and ecological resilience. Since earning a Masters of Advanced Studies in Climate Science and Policy from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Tamara develops and facilitates programs that enable STEM students, researchers, policymakers, government officials and tech companies to form mutually beneficial partnerships, innovating and collaborating internationally towards sustainable solutions. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin and contributes technical knowledge along with expertise in strategic collaboration and a zest for innovative thinking. Tamara is most happy near a body of water, relishes any chance to SCUBA and loves learning new languages and cultures.