Mialy is from Madagascar, where she has worked on marine conservation for a number of years. She has considerable on-the-ground fisheries experience thanks in part to her earlier work for Blue Ventures, where she advised on marine policy and marine protected areas in the country and developed different fisheries policy documents in collaboration with the Ministry of fisheries. Mialy holds a Bachelor of Public Law and Political Sciences from the University of Antananarivo and an MPhil in Nature Conservation from the University of Cambridge. She is now a researcher and teaching assistant in Political Ecology at the University of Lausanne’s Institute of Geography and Sustainability, investigating the link between small-scale and industrial tuna fisheries in terms of access to the resources, overfishing and regional collaboration between the West Indian Ocean (WIO) countries. Her research allows her to spend extensive time with tuna fishing communities in Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles. She also gathers the perspectives of different stakeholders involved in the fisheries and explores the opportunities and challenges of collaboration in tuna fisheries.
Joining IPNLF will enable Mialy to share her experience in those countries and provide the socio-political elements linked to the fisheries in the WIO region.
The work of IPNLF in supporting coastal states of the Indian Ocean is very interesting and timely. I am glad to be able to bring my views as a researcher and islander to help with unravelling the complexities of tuna fisheries and challenges faced by coastal states. I am really pleased to have been invited to work with the International Pole & Line Foundation and I look forward to contributing to its local engagement and marine conservation efforts.Mialy Andriamahefazafy