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In this talk Sangeeta asks us to take the time to understand the roles men and women play in the worlds fisheries.

In her experience, growing up in Fiji, it is local women who are Fiji’s true marine biologists and an untapped resource of both knowledge and economic potential for their families, communities and the nation.

She asks us to ensure we create situations that are equitable in designing fisheries interventions.

Dr Sangeeta Mangubhai possesses a deep and abiding appreciation for the value women bring to Fiji’s fisheries industry.

Since completing her PhD in coral reef ecology in 2007 through Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia, she has worked on designing marine managed areas, shark sanctuaries, marine spatial planning, community fisheries, environmental policy, and climate change.

Her work on marine science and conservation has taken her to Australia, East Africa, Indonesia and the South Pacific.

Now, as Director of the World Conservation Society’s Fiji Country Program, Sangeeta’s work with fisherwomen and their communities has yielded insights into the traditional management systems that impact subsistence and commercial fisheries, and the rich body of knowledge these women have about the ocean.

Sangeeta received the international World Reef Award in 2016 in recognition of her global contribution to the science and conservation of coral reefs. She is currently the Executive Board Co-Chair for the Women in Fisheries Network – Fiji.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Dr Sangeeta Mangubhai
is currently the Executive Board Co-Chair for the Women in Fisheries Network – Fiji.
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