The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced the winners of the latest round of its scholarship program, which provides funding of up to £4,000 to support research that looks at environmental improvement, supply chain management or best practice in fisheries management. The two winners, SMEA graduate student Lily Zhao and Timothy Munyikana Kakai from Pwani University, Kenya were selected from a record 70 applications from 30 countries. Lily won the award for her project mapping the trade flows of octopus from small scale fisheries in East Africa and Timothy will trial the use of LED lights on nets to reduce turtle bycatch in Kenyan artisanal fisheries.
When asked why she was excited to have won this funding, Lily responded “Being able to spend an extended period of time researching the East African octopus trade is a great privilege. I am thrilled to be supported by the MSC Research Scholarship and to be part of an international collaboration to inform future efforts in this region.”