As the research intern for IPNLF, Zacari is based in its London office and will be contributing to IPNLF’s ongoing activities aimed at building the evidence base to demonstrate the social, economic and ecological importance of one-by-one tuna fisheries.
Zacari’s longstanding interest in fisheries sustainability started with volunteer work he undertook in Thailand and Uganda focusing on freshwater fisheries management issues in the Mekong River and Lake Victoria respectively.
With this experience under his belt, he pursued an MSc in International Development with a minor in Sustainable Fisheries Management with Wageningen University in the Netherlands. During his Masters, Zacari spent eight months living and working in Indonesia, helping NGOs to establish new fisheries improvement projects (FIPs) for octopus and yellowfin tuna fisheries; and conducting research focused on the regulation of fish aggregation device (FAD) use by domestic tuna fishers.
I have really enjoyed the nature of the work that I have been privileged to do in Indonesia relating to tuna fisheries. A huge part of that enjoyment came from working closely with fishers and coming to understand their invaluable role within the tuna supply-chain. As such, I was particularly drawn to IPNLF as an organisation due their emphasis on social sustainability issues as well as environmental. I look forward to working with the IPNLF team here in London and playing a part in the important work they do in facilitating more sustainable tuna fisheriesZacari Edwards (Research Intern)