In memory of Sarah Auffret

Sarah Auffret was AECO’s environmental agent and a dear friend of everyone at AECO.

On Sunday March 10, 2019, she was on her way to Nairobi to talk about the Clean Seas project in connection with the UN Environment Assembly. Her Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed soon after take-off from Addis Ababa with no survivors.  Sarah touched the lives of hundreds of people and inspired the people around her to make a difference.


Sarah joined AECO in May 2018 and was based in Tromsø. Sarah held a project position as AECO’s environmental agent and was responsible for AECO’s Clean Seas initiatives. She led AECO’s efforts to drastically cut back on single-use plastics on Arctic expedition cruise vessels, as well as enhance cruise passengers’ involvement in regular beach cleanups.

Sarah grew up in France and has lived in the UK, Australia, Germany, Argentina, Japan, Norway and Port Lockroy on the Antarctic Peninsula. She held a BA in European Studies and German from the University of Plymouth. She has worked as a polar guide, expedition leader on cruises in Svalbard, East Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula and as base leader of Port Lockroy. She had a long-standing passion for environmental issues. In 2010, she initiated a coastal cleanup movement in Naruto, Japan.

Memorial Fund

In accordance with the wishes of Sarah’s closest family, a fundraiser has been set up with the aim of creating a memorial fund in Sarah’s name that will be used to advance environmental stewardship. The aim of the fund will be to honor Sarah’s legacy and her commitment to environmental protection. If you would like to make a contribution, please click on the link below: 


For press inquiries, please contact:

Edda Falk, communications manager
Cell phone: +47 476 32 550
E-mail: edda(a)


Download portait photo of Sarah Auffet here. The photo may be used with credit to AECO.

Official statements:

March 10th, 2019: AECO staff member perished in plane accident

March 13th, 2019: Memorial gathering in Tromsø

Background information

Learn more about AECO’s Clean Seas Project here.