A descendant of generations of Algarve fishermen, André Dias wanted to add value to the family business becoming marine biologist.
Throughout his academic life at the University of Algarve, he stood out in associative projects such as the nuclei of Underwater Activities and Students of Biology. In 2003 and 2004, chaired the Students Association of the University of Algarve, leaving an unavoidable legacy in defining the Laws of Basis of Higher Education and Social Education in Portugal. Nationally, he was vice president of the Federation of University Sports and joined the National Council of Social Action for Education.
From 2004, due to crisis in the fisheries sector, he devoted most of his time to revitalize the family business, taking on the roles of manager while part of the crew of the traditional seiner “Arrifana”. During this period, he also focuses on training in Ecotourism, Participatory Methods in Fishing Communities, Foreman Fisherman, Coastal Skipper, PADI Dive Master and Seabirds Observer by ESAS (European Sea Birds at Sea) in Portugal. In the UK, is a certified as Marine Mammal Observer by JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) and as a PAM (Passive Acoustic Monitoring) operator.
By conquering business sustainability in fisheries, he devoted himself to the oceanic exploration activities, turning his dream project into a reality, with Wildwatch, in 2012.