WASHINGTON (March 20, 2013)--Five distinguished scientists and conservationists based in Canada, India, Indonesia, Palau, and Rwanda, are this year's recipients of the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. The three-year fellowships will support research to improve ocean conservation and management, including a study of the link between healthy fish populations and healthy coral reefs off India, an evaluation of the status of marine mammal populations near Tanzania, an assessment of the success of marine protected areas in Palau, a review of traditional laws that govern marine resource use in Indonesia, and an analysis of ecological and societal impacts of sea otter recovery in British Columbia, Canada.
The Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation provides fellowships to outstanding scientists and other individuals across the globe to support innovative projects aimed at developing and implementing solutions to critical challenges facing the world's oceans. For the first time in the program's history, fellowship awards are going to citizens of India and Indonesia.
"These fellows, like those who have come before them, bring diverse backgrounds, skills, and experience to the task of harnessing science and research for the purpose of better understanding and protecting the world's marine environment," said Joshua S. Reichert, executive vice president of The Pew Charitable Trusts.
The 2013 Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation are:
"The 2013 Pew Marine Fellows add their vision and talent to new research and collaboration with stakeholders to help protect our vital marine resources," said Polita Glynn, director of the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation. "We look forward to helping them advance ocean stewardship around the world."
The Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation has awarded 130 fellowships to individuals working in 33 countries. Each 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 marine fellows based on the strengths of their proposed projects, including the potential to protect ocean environments. Cutting edge and timely projects, led by outstanding professionals in their fields, are chosen annually. The program is managed by The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, DC.
More information about each of the 2013 Pew Marine Fellows, including photographs and a video, is available at http://www.pewmarinefellows.org.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is a nongovernmental organization that applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public, and stimulate civic life. More information is available at http://www.pewenvironment.org.
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