Moving Sushi uses scientific exploration and open access data to better understand the social, economic and biological needs for the conservation and sustainable use of key African marine resources.
The name “Moving Sushi” was first etched in vinyl, in 2008, along the body of a 4x4 before Mike and Linda set out on a 42-country expedition driving across East and West Africa, Europe and Asia. For two years they documented in video and photos the inspirational stories of people who are doing things right when it comes to ocean conservation. Since then Moving Sushi has evolved into a passionate team dedicated to all things ocean and marine related. From filmmaking, journalism, blogging and photography to ground breaking marine science expeditions, fisheries science, ocean conservation and travel writing.
Moving Sushi is a registered Non Profit Company (NPC) and is governed by four directors. Moving Sushi aims to work on projects of social and conservation benefit, and we are very particular about what we do. All the expeditions we undertake are governed by a code of conduct and ethical standards. We are committed to open accessing data, scientific exploration and working on meaningful projects.
Moving Sushi is pleased to announce that through the team efforts during the East African Marine Transect Expedition in 2012/13, Mike Markovina on behalf of the team became a member of the International Explorers Club. This recognition towards scientific exploration is on behalf of the entire Moving Sushi Team and all their hard work. Congratulations.
Moving Sushi has been awarded the International Explorers Club Flag of Honour for the "African Marine MegaTransect Expedition" planned to depart in November 2017. This is a great honour and we look forward to successfully completing the expedition and contributing the open access data.
Moving Sushi Directors
Director / Founder / Fisheries Scientist
Mike Markovina has a masters degree in ichthyology and fisheries science from Rhodes University South Africa. After working on leatherback turtle conservation and fisheries management projects for the Mayumba Marine Park in Southern Gabon for the Wildlife Conservation Society, him and his wife, Linda, began a two-year expedition using photography and film to illuminate the positive uses of marine resources across Africa, Asia and Europe. (42 countries in 24 months). Passionate about the oceans and one of Mail and Guardians 200 young South Africans to watch in the environment (2012), Mike currently works extensively in East Africa on illegal fisheries (MCS - Monitoring, Control and Surveillance), spanning the shores of Lake Victoria to the dynamited reefs of Tanzania. Equipped with years of diving experience, and a deep passion for the marine environment, Mike aims to live a life of respect, appreciation and continued exploration, sharing ideas, innovation, new technologies and open sourced information with the world.
Director / Founder / Photography and Travel Journalist
Linda is a passionate photography and travel journalist, with her award winning work being published in local and international publications. Over and above that, she also writes for various platforms on marine conservation issues. She spent two years as the better looking half of the marine resource expedition, traveling around the globe, writing about and photographing people who were making a change in marine conservation. After successfully completing the expedition in 2010, Linda is now co-director of Moving Sushi, along with her husband, Mike. Moving Sushi has developed into a dynamic company that is dedicated to bringing about inspiration and change in marine and ocean conservation through science, film, photography and open access information. She is currently working on projects focused around human trafficking and slavery at sea as well as documenting fisher communities across Southern Africa.
Dr. Rhett Bennett
Director / Fisheries Scientist
Having grown up at the coast, spending his childhood fishing, snorkelling, SCUBA diving and surfing, Rhett developed an absolute passion for fish and the marine environment, which eventually led to a PhD in ichthyology and fisheries science. Rhett has worked in a number of areas, including fishing hotspots, marine protected areas (MPAs) and estuaries along South Africa’s coastline. Focussing on fish movement patterns, genetics, the benefits of MPAs, the ecological effects of fishing on fish communities, as well as the design of long-term monitoring programmes for assessing reef fish communities he’s had his hands full. This work has incorporated numerous different techniques for studying fish, such as underwater visual census using SCUBA, conventional dart tagging, acoustic telemetry, genetic analyses and, of course, countless hours spent fishing!
Director / Entrepreneur
Justin is a high impact entrepreneur with a BSc in Biotechnology and Honors in Financial Analysis & Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town. His primary passion is where the leverage points in a system can be found...so that he can intervene to bring about the greatest positive change. He also has an undying passion for entrepreneurship and enabling others – with the larger goal of facilitating the development of entrepreneurship through culture and mindset changes. In this regard, Justin has successfully launched organizations and companies that demonstrate and facilitate these efforts and has been selected as a Brightest Young Mind and World Economic Forum Global Shaper. When not driving various organizations or initiatives, Justin can be found testing his body and mind at the limits through endurance sports and outdoor adventures.
Moving Sushi Team
It is with great gratitude that Moving Sushi has had the privilege of Roxanne's and Agniezka's time in working on Moving Sushi campaigns and brand identity. All work conducted to date has been pro bono despite having full time high pressure jobs. We are truly grateful and hope that through the success of the expeditions you feel part of the team and part of the success we are working towards. We certainly could not have done this work without youu and your contributions, thank you.
Media & Marketing Strategist
Roxy is a dreamer and a doer. With a degree in Economics, Environmental Science and Marketing, she has big ambitions for making the world a better place. With an unexplainable passion for the environment, that developed at a very young age from paging through countless National Geographic magazines, she longed to see the world for herself. So she set off on an incredible adventure to experience all of the extreme climates left on planet earth. This journey took her from Asia to South America, and it exceeded every expectation she ever had, confirming her deep love for the environment and passion for protecting it. Upon her return, she dedicated her time and efforts to finding ways to spread environmental awareness and encourage sustainable behaviour. Armed with an understanding of economic influences, the environment, and media, she is leveraging off these platforms to create informative campaigns that spread informative messages, sparking thoughts and action on a global scale. When not working, you can always find her in nature.
Aggie is a graphic & brand designer by profession, photographer and skydiver by passion. Aggie clearly chooses the road less travelled with the privilege and experience of meeting great minds and seeing unusual places. All of that gives her energy and inspiration to build strong brands and help companies and people grow and exceed, and she LOVES what she does! Her journey has taken her across industries, while also working with companies of various stages. From 3-person startups to listed multinationals. Some of her well-known current and past clients include: DeBeers Diamonds, Deloitte, Ferrari Sub Equatorial, BMW, Google, Microsoft South Africa, Mondi Europe, SAP, Sasol, Siemens..and the list goes on! When not developing innovating branding and communication strategies, Agnieszka can be found jumping out of planes at 13 000ft, or on ground zero judging others leaping into mid-air.
Andrew is the founder of Yousemble, a powerful website framework that’s easy to use, intuitive and allows business owners and individuals to create high-impact websites quickly and easily. The entrepreneurial bug bit at an early age, and since then ha has created and run successful businesses in a variety of markets, from clothing to music, and even animation. But it's computers that have been his passion since he was a child and have continued to capture his interest. Pooling all of his business and digital experience, he engineered Yousemble from the ground up, with the aim of being as easy to use as possible. All one needs to do it plug in the images and copy into a few simple templates and with the click of a button you have a professionally designed website. No coding or design knowledge needed. When Andrew is not building highly successful companies and programs, he continues to find further ways to connect, help and educate people, and this passion of his is evident in every single one of this projects.
Lin is an entrepreneur who enjoys building businesses in rapidly changing environments. He has worked in startups for the last two decades and loves every part of it. Through his company, COGLOBO, he invested in research and development in fields such as robotics, advanced materials, underwater exploration and knowledge organization. In 2011, Lin established a non profit foundation, the Kayser Forum for Sustainability, to raise awareness for environmental issues. His current commercial projects are the underwater robotics venture UBOT, the natural language technology company Raconto and Hyperganic, a startup which develops advanced software technology for 3D printing. He lives in Munich, where he helps mentor first-time entrepreneurs graduating from the entrepreneurship programs of the local universities. When he travels, he has a camera glued to hand!
Lin is that wise voice on the team guiding us when needed.
Expedition Team Members
Currently we have not selected the final African Marine MegaTransect team and will only do so at a later stage, as we are still working on fundraising, logistics and other key components prior to being able to recruit for the expedition team. Once team selection is done, we will post the names and bio's accordingly.
If you would like to be considered as a team member please complete this form