Late last week, Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai was named as a Pew Marine Fellow for 2018, one of the most prestigious and competitive awards to win.
The Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation is dedicated to conservation of the world’s oceans and marine life. Each year, an international committee of external marine specialists selects outstanding midcareer scientists and experts and supports them with three-year, $150,000 fellowships. Individuals chosen are both highly accomplished in their respective fields and sufficiently prepared to use their fellowships to undertake unique and compelling work that will inform better management and conservation of the world’s oceans.
Hailing from seven countries, the eight new fellows join a group of scientists and conservationists who have are working on important marine conservation issues. The fellows’ projects will seek stronger protections for global marine life and address threats to our world’s oceans. To date, 164 people from 38 countries have been recognized as Pew marine fellows, and Sangeeta is believed to the first Pacific Islander to become a Pew Marine Fellow.
Sangeeta said “I am honoured and delighted to be able to join the Pew Marine Fellows. My hope is that my project will contribute to national and regional efforts to improve coastal fisheries management and development, by ensuring more equitable representation of women in decision-making, and the inclusion of broader human rights and development goals such as rights to food, health, gender equality, adequate standard of living, and poverty alleviation.”
The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimated that there are 50 million small-scale fishers in developing countries. This estimate includes the Pacific Island countries which have communities that are largely coastal and highly reliant on inshore fisheries for their subsistence and livelihoods. Although fish is the largest protein source for Pacific Islanders, and subsistence and commercial fisheries contribute millions many countries’ GDP, inshore fisheries are grossly undervalued in national accounting and development planning.
Sangeeta added, “I know my project is ambitious, but I believe this is the way we need to go if we are genuinely committed to ensuring our coastal fisheries are sustainable, long into the future. We can no longer afford to sit in a silo, and need multi-disciplinary approaches to solve the issue of overfishing in the Pacific region, and globally too.”
Please click on the links below to learn more about Sangeeta’s Pew fellowship, and we wish her much success.
Web page announcing all 2018 fellows – example from last year: http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/marine-fellows
Directory of the 2018 fellows – http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/marine-fellows/fellows-directory