2017 Fellows on a field trip during the month-long training program.—Kevin McCann, 2017 Fellow


282 Fellows

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Country Coordinator at Blue Ventures

Primary representative of Blue Ventures in Belize, providing vision, leadership and high-level representation for Blue Ventures with key audiences nationally and regionally. Adaptively manage projects and activities leading towards the fulfilment of strategic objectives, including a market intervention for invasive lionfish. Having established Belize’s first export and domestic markets for lionfish in 2013, we are now developing an integrated lionfish control and exploitation strategy in tandem with an iterative social marketing campaign to drive targeted lionfish fishing and consumption - maximising social, environmental and economic benefits of Belize's growing lionfish fishery.


I firmly belief in the pressing need for landscapes and resources to be managed effectively for the benefit of both humans and nature. Growing up by the sea, I am a passionate advocate for the rights of small scale fishers and for the consumption of responsible seafood. I believe that environmentally-conscious social development is the answer to the recovery of fully- or over-exploited marine resources, which are inextricably linked to human health, wealth and happiness. I love music and painting, and believe that integrating arts into education inspires creativity and improves personal capacity for critical thinking and problem solving.

An integrated approach is key - community health, education, economic development and environmental conservation are not mutually exclusive topics. A healthy environment supports a happy and healthy population, but people cannot prioritise conservation over personal health and wellbeing. For this reason, I believe that every programme - be it led by government, non-governmental or private sector - must address socioeconomic development needs, whilst ensuring these interventions do not confer negative environmental outcomes, which would only be to the detriment of current and future generations.

Interventions that bring about multiple, diverse benefits are the best way to create long-lasting positive change.