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 and TABU areas can be the best strategy for maximizing the amount of fish in the water, while allowing for customary harvesting practices.

she spoke on her Marine Protection work in the Pacific Region over the years.

Having Lived in Fiji for almost 11 years, Dr. Jupiter has supported the conservation efforts in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea.

She says her findings  looked under on what conditions this harvesting practices can be sustainable in  the outcome of this work  show in fact the harvest of periodical Tabu areas can be really effective under certain conditions.

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

She uses Creative approaches such as flash mobs, comic books and puppets to help people understand the impacts of Environmental Changes and to Reconnect them to Nature and is honored to be recognized for her work

The MacArthur Foundation provides grants 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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