James Green of WOFC first visited Bonthe in Sierra Leone in 2014, as a consultant for the Environmental Justice Foundation. He returned in late 2015 and his third visit, the following year, was as part of an initiative by the Darwin Project and the University of Stirling. He continues to work with this group in the region.
James, who has a MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture, acts as a pro bono consultant and brings his knowledge and experience to help those in the Bonthe area, especially women, whose livelihoods depend on a sustainable fishery. His industry experience is helping to produce and promote an environmentally sustainable source of income and protein for the local population whilst conserving important mangrove habitats. WOFC has committed to sponsor the Bonthe Oyster Festival for 2019 committed to do so for the next five years. This will ensure that this important event that celebrates Bonthe oysters continues after funding from the Darwin Initiative ceases at the end of 2018.