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Meet Lindsay Jennings

Created on Tuesday, 19 April 2016

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My name is Lindsay Jennings and I am happy to announce that I have recently joined FishWise as a Project Manager in the Traceability Division. My role will be to help research and develop tools to aid the seafood industry in improving traceability, fighting illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and preventing human rights violations.

I grew up outside of Washington, D.C., so I guess you could say I’ve been influenced by government policy since I was a child. I was fortunate to take family vacations to the Outer Banks each year, where my love for the water grew exponentially. It was there that I decided that I wanted to dedicate my education and career to marine science. I completed my Bachelor of Science in marine science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where I had the opportunity to intern in the Florida Aquarium’s husbandry department and also visit the Bimini Biological Field Station (a.k.a. “Shark Lab”) in the Bahamas. Post graduation, I took a job with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute helping conduct research and water quality analysis for harmful algal blooms in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Growing up, Shark Week was practically a religion in my household, and I often found myself thinking about the role policy and our government play in conservation campaigns. So when I had the opportunity to join University of Miami’s Shark Research and Conservation Program at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), I couldn’t say no. While getting my Masters of Professional Science in marine affairs and policy, I helped tag and collect biological data on sharks as well as manage their databases. Subsequently, I completed a fellowship with the Marine Conservation Institute in Washington, D.C. where I worked to get legislation passed through Congress to enforce policy to combat illegal fishing. Meeting with lobbyists, environmental NGOs, and congressional leaders solidified my desire to make measurable and positive change in the fisheries sector, leading me to FishWise.

I am truly excited to have joined the smart and dedicated team at FishWise and I look forward to applying my background in policy and conservation to working with businesses to advance seafood sustainability.

Outside of marine science and conservation, I enjoy running, playing soccer, skiing, trying out different recipes or craft beers, sitting on the beach with a good book, and traveling to new places.