WWF celebrates community marine conservation
2015 Duke of Edinburgh Award for Conservation
WWF presented the 2015 Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award to Alasdair Harris (UK) and Alifereti Tawake (Fiji) for their work to support local communities in rebuilding ﬁsh populations through creation of locally managed marine areas (LMMAs). Working with local ﬁshermen and integrating cultural tradition with best-practice ﬁsheries management, Mr Tawake’s innovative approach has resulted in the Fiji LMMA Network, which serves as a model for community-based marine resource management globally. Dr Harris, founder of Blue Ventures, works with coastal communities, government partners and non-governmental organizations to rebuild tropical ﬁsheries through creation of LMMAs in Madagascar and Belize that bring tangible beneﬁts to many communities. These strategies are now being replicated elsewhere in the Indian and Paciﬁc Oceans.