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2008 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation awarded to Fan Meng; first Chinese fellow

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Since the early 1990s, the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation has been awarded to more than 100 leading marine scientists, economists, attorneys, and other ocean conservationists from 29 countries. The fellowship program supports innovative projects led by mid-career, emerging leaders in ocean conservation and designed to develop and implement solutions to critical challenges in the marine realm. The four other 2008 Fellows will pursue projects that aim to: safeguard Antarctic krill fisheries that serve as critical food sources for whales; create thermal enhancement techniques that can help some reef corals endure dangerously warming oceans around the world; document the government subsidies leading to unsustainable ocean fishing globally; and, determine whether selective commercial fishing, in which only certain fish are captured, harms the ecosystem more than even fishing, in which fish are broadly captured and there is heavy bycatch and discards.

Each Fellow will carry out pioneering projects to safeguard marine ecosystems that are sorely in need of protection, said Dr. Pikitch, a shark expert and conservation biologist, and a 2000 Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation herself. The ocean cant speak for itself, and these are the people who give it voice.


Contact: Kathryn Cervino
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

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