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Sophie Atkinson

Sophie Atkinson

Research Intern

Sophie has joined the IPNLF team as a Research Intern whilst studying an MSci in Zoology at the University of Sussex. Conservation and sustainability are focal parts of this degree and this focus will be applied to IPNLF’s growing efforts to reduce ocean plastic pollution.

Sophie has joined the IPNLF team to provide support on the Joanna Toole Project taking place in the Maldives; specifically focusing on the circular economy aspect of the project that will facilitate the repurposing synthetic fishing nets collected at sea by one-by-one fisheries. In this role Sophie will also support IPNLFs ongoing work that aims to evidence the socio-economic benefits associated with one-by-one fishing.

Throughout my adult life I have been lucky enough to explore different parts of the world and through my degree I am pursuing a career in making that world a healthier and more sustainable place. I am passionate about reducing damage to our oceans and working with IPNLF will allow me to contribute to their fight against plastic pollution. I am also excited to be a part of a circular economy project, as I believe this is the way forward if we are to save our valued and important ecosystems.