Having grown up in Kenya, Shannon has always had a soft spot for the coast, however, it was only after volunteering with turtles in 2013 that she considered a career in conservation - how different life might have been if she had pursued physics and philosophy! She started working with conservation outreach in 2015 organising activities and outings for high school students in low-income areas in South Africa. She fell into small-scale fisheries in 2017, working with the Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services project during her B.Sc. Honours year and hasn’t looked back. Since then, she has worked on small-scale fishing and marine protected area research, as well as giving the occasional talk to schools in Kenya, South Africa, and Malaysia.
Her time with IPNLF represents her first foray into both the commercial side of seafood, and the working (read non-academic) world as a whole. She is currently involved in supporting the IPNLF’s socio-economic work enhancing the wellbeing and social benefits of one-by-one fishers. Shannon graduated from Rhodes University (South Africa) with a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Science in 2020.