In 2012 our students went around the world, from Belize to Liberia to Madrid to Micronesia, to address urgent ocean and coastal policy and management challenges.
In Robertsport, Liberia, Adam Fullerton researched fishing methods, catch species, and size in an artisanal fishery. He worked with the local collaborative fishery management association to help design and implement local management for the ocean and lake fisheries in Grand Cape Mount County, Liberia.
Cynthia Yeh worked with the Research and Development department of the Environmental Defense Fund in San Francisco, California, helping to develop a global strategy for small scale fisheries, and evaluating management strategies for shrimp fishing in the Gulf of California.
In Madrid, Spain, Laura Henson worked with UNESCO to build human and institutional capacity in Mozambique for access to genetic resources and Benefit Sharing negotiations.
In San José, Costa Rica, Nancy Olsen analyzed the seafood export market, with a focus on the seafood supply chain that extends to the U.S. She characterized the market and relevant regulations to recommend ways to improve compliance with U.S. and Costa Rican laws.
Nancy compiled a survey of seafood traceability and sustainability in the United States and generating a plan for a sustainable seafood traceability system in Costa Rica.
Tami Weiss worked with FishWise in Santa Cruz, California to document seafood traceability.
In Palau, Whitney Anderson conducted economic assessments for OneReef for conservation incentive agreements in neighboring islands. She also assisted communities with protection, conservation, and monitoring of local coral reefs.
At the Tobacco Caye Marine Station in Belize, Anja Mondragon enjoyed working on coral reef conservation and community development.
Anna Lui spent the early summer working in Washington DC on international development programs with the Development Project Management Institute, then traveled to Tobacco Caye, Belize, to work with Anja and Margaret.
In China, James Tsou-Wong worked with the Jane Goodall Institute Roots & Shoots wetland education program, designing the curriculum and teaching manual as well as leading classes in wetland education. James and others developed a grant proposal for an environmental education center.
Margaret Sands was in Belize, conducting interviews with fishermen and other stakeholders in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, in order to identify sources of conflict that could impact the effectiveness of a Marine Protected Area.
In Washington DC, Sam Fielding worked on the Coastal Capital Initiative of the World Resources Institute, using previous valuations of coral reefs to develop a standardized framework for economic valuation of coastal resources.