Each of the five fellows will receive $150,000 over three years to conduct a conservation project that addresses a critical challenge to healthy oceans. This year's projects include efforts to create protected marine areas in strategic locations, reduce illegal poaching of marine wildlife, protect penguin populations, and develop multi-media stories to garner public support for conservation in the Antarctic.
The 2009 Pew Fellows are Wen Bo, director of the China program at Pacific Environment; National Research Council of Argentina researcher Pablo Garcia Borboroglu; Matthieu Le Corre, lecturer at the University of Réunion Island in France; Fiorenza Micheli, associate professor at the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University; and photographer and author John Weller.
"The Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation program seeks out emerging talent and innovative thinkers who can move ocean conservation forward in bold leaps," said Pew Environment Group managing director Joshua S. Reichert. "The 2009 fellows are focusing on global-scale solutions both through research projects and by engaging communities worldwide in their ocean conservation goals."