The Wildlife Conservation Society’s- Melanesia Director, Dr. Stacy Jupiter was recently named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow- a recipient of a Genius Grant.

With numerous collaborators in Fiji and abroad, Dr Jupiter has identified which conditions locally-managed marine areas with TABU areas can be the best strategy for maximizing the amount of fish in the water, while allowing for customary harvesting practices.

She says for many years, we have been arguing management undertaken by small-scale fishers in the Pacific Islands is more than just a niche practice.

She added this work validates and provides legitimacy to a management tool that is important for local cultural practice in Fiji and across the Pacific.

This work validates that conclusion, and provides legitimacy to a management tool that is incredibly important for local cultural practice in Fiji and across the Pacific.

The findings are likely to have real impacts on how people around the globe implement fisheries management so that they can have their fish in the water and eat them too.

Dr. Jupiter was born in the USA and has lived in Fiji for 11 years. She supports conservation efforts in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea.

She has worked across a diversity of fields including land-sea planning, ecosystem based management, locally managed marine areas, fisheries and coral reef resilience.

The The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation provides unrestricted fellowships to talented persons who have shown extraordinary innovation and commitment in their field of expertise that has brought about real change on the ground.

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