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Ellie Matthew – February 2023 When most people think of the illegal wildlife trade they tend to think of elephants for their ivory tusks, or sharks for their fins. But perhaps an illegal wildlife trade that few people know about is the illusive one of fish maw. The swim bladders (called maw) of fish are...
Ellie Matthew – February 2023 The work of Youth Pawa continues to inspire with their mangrove eco-restoration project, but their latest venture could enhance the livelihoods in coastal Kenya even further. In collaboration with Mkupe Conservation Area, Youth Pawa, led by Steve Misati, propose a sustainable beekeeping initiative as a component of their mangrove restoration...
Ellie Matthew – January 2023 They say that in space, no one can hear you scream — but is this also the case for the ocean? Over the last decade, increased research into the conditions onboard commercial fishing vessels indicates a global human rights issue on several levels; one that largely goes unnoticed.  Workers on...
Ellie Matthew – January 2023 An update from our PhD scholar Lulu Middleton. SFACT scholar Lulu Middleton is two and a half years into her PhD at Charles Darwin University titled: Nutrition-Sensitive Food Systems: The role of mangroves and their potential to support gendered food and nutrition security in Indonesia. So here’s an update from...
Ellie Matthew – December 2023 We thought we’d end the year with a celebration. In September this year, Steve Misati, founder and director of the Youth Pawa Organisation in Kenya, and SFACT grantee, won the WeNaturalists’ People of Nature Award for Conservation of the Year – Fauna. The WeNaturalists’ People of Nature Awards are of...
Ellie Matthew – December 2023 Introducing our latest scholar, Rahim Ibrahim, who started his PhD journey this October at Dalhousie University, under the supervision of Dr Megan Bailey. His project title is: Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Governance: A Political Ecology Analysis of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC). Coming from his home country of Somalia...
Ellie Matthew – December 2023 On Monday 4th December, SFACT trustee John Burton met with the Joint Secretary for the Department of Fisheries in the Government of India. Ms Neetu Prasad, in Mumbai at the IOTC scientific committee, which followed on from the meeting of the IOTC working party on data collection and statistics, with...
Ellie Matthew – October 2023 In 2023, we launched our 5-Year Strategy with four overarching themes. 1. By 2027, SFACT aims to fund educational knowledge through awarding postgraduate scholarships to 30 students. As part of our 5-year strategy, SFACT are proud to provide funding for postgraduate research and training in sustainable small-scale fisheries and advocacy....
Ellie Matthew – October 2023 SFACT’s scholar Yoga P. Jagaraga embarked on his PhD studies this October at the University of Lincoln, under the supervision of Dr Mercedes Rosello and Prof. Richard Barnes. His project title is: Impact of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Fisheries Subsidies Agreement for Indonesia: can Indonesia comply to the WTO...
Maia Perraudeau, September 2023 The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) met this year from 7th to 11th August, in the city of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. The Commission meeting was preceded by a week of meetings of the Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program (AIDCP), and by meetings of the IATTC committees on...
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