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The Green Blue is targeting Scotland with the appointment of a Scottish project officer.

Dr Julia Christie, a research scientist and keen boater, will be visiting clubs, boatshows and other boating events where she will give talks and offer advice on boating issues.

With funding from Scottish Natural Heritage and The Crown Estate, and core support from the RYA and BMF, she aims to continue The Green Blue’s work in raising awareness of environmental issues among the recreational boating community.

The Green Blue’s Project Manager Sarah Black said: “We are really pleased to welcome Julia to the team. Her enthusiasm for water sports and considerable experience in applied environmental ecology and research will be a very valuable asset to project.

“Previously we have not had enough resources to branch out to the Scottish regions and having some of the most fantastic coastline and inland waters we can’t wait to get stuck in and help protect it.”

Julia regularly sails a Mirage 37 ketch on the West Coast of Scotland with her husband and two dogs.

She is also a qualified sports sub-aqua diver. Graduated from the University of Bath with a First Class degree in Applied Biology Julia has worked for Wessex Water Plc, the Forestry Commission, Imperial College and the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI).

In 2000 she gained a PhD with the University of Reading, department of Agriculture.

Julia will be based at the Royal Yachting Association’s Scottish Headquarters (RYAS) in Edinburgh.

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