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Pew Environment Group

Pew announces 2012 recipients of distinguished Marine Conservation Fellowship

Experts work to conserve global ocean ecosystems

WASHINGTON (Feb. 28, 2012) – The Pew Environment Group announced today six recipients of the 2012 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. They are from Brazil, Cuba, France, Peru, and the United States.

The 2012 Pew Fellowships in Marine Conservation will support projects to promote green infrastructure for climate adaptation in coastal communities, expand marine areas in Brazil that are under protection, shift the Peruvian anchoveta industry toward directly feeding humans, identify climate-driven changes in fisheries, analyze French fisheries subsidies, and conserve goliath grouper populations in Cuba, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.

"The individuals added to this year's Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation are talented experts who will make important contributions to protecting the ocean environment worldwide," said Joshua S. Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group. "We are proud to honor them as they work to foster greater conservation of the world's living marine resources."

The 2012 Pew Marine Fellows:

"The 2012 Pew Marine Fellows bring extraordinary talent to address the critical and complex issues facing our oceans," said Polita Glynn, director of the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation. "We are proud to welcome this year's Pew Marine Fellows and add their diverse experience to our global marine conservation program."

The Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation has awarded 125 fellowships to individuals from 32 countries. Each Pew Marine Fellow receives US$150,000 to conduct a three-year scientific research or conservation project designed to address critical challenges to the oceans. Through a rigorous nomination and review process, a committee of marine specialists from around the world selects Pew Marine Fellows based on the strengths of their proposed projects, including their potential to protect ocean environments. Unique and timely projects, led by outstanding professionals in their fields, are chosen annually. The program is managed by the Pew Environment Group, based in Washington, D.C.

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More information about each of the 2012 Pew Marine Fellows, including photographs and a video about the recipients, is available at www.pewmarinefellows.org.

The Pew Environment Group is the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-governmental organization that works globally to establish pragmatic, science-based policies that protect our oceans, preserve our wildlands, and promote clean energy. www.PewEnvironment.org



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