Jennifer O'Leary holds a cabezon during a project with fishermen to assess central California marine protected areas. (Photo: Pew Charitable Trusts)
Pew announces 5 new Marine Conservation Fellows for 2016
Thursday, March 03, 2016, 21:30 (GMT + 9)
Five distinguished scientists and conservationists from Costa Rica, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the United States are the 2016 recipients of the Pew fellowship in marine conservation, which supports research to improve ocean conservation and management.
The new fellows, who receive USD 150,000 each for a three-year project designed to address ocean conservation challenges, will work to investigate the possibility of closing the high seas to fishing, to establish marine protected areas in the waters off South Africa, to develop Sri Lanka’s first marine conservation organization focused on education and public engagement, strengthen the sustainability of marine protected areas, and to foster shark conservation in Central America.
Referring to the programme, which has recognized 132 marine experts in 32 countries since 1996, Joshua S. Reichert, executive vice president and head of environment initiatives at The Pew Charitable Trusts pointed out: “The Pew marine fellows program has evolved to become so much more than simply a three-year fellowship. As individuals, recipients continue making contributions long after their fellowships have concluded. Working together, the fellows continue to pursue solutions to the world’s most pressing ocean threats.”
For her part, Polita Glynn, director of the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation stressed: “This new class of dedicated experts is representative of the great potential and hope that this program brings to ocean conservation. Supporting innovative efforts that benefit our oceans has never been more important.”
Using a rigorous nomination and review process, a committee of marine specialists from around the world selects the fellows based on the strength of their proposed projects. That process includes an assessment of the projects’ potential to protect ocean environments. Five unique and timely proposals by outstanding midcareer professionals are chosen annually.