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 Frances Humber

Frances Humber

Postgraduate research student

For the last four years I have been working for Blue Ventures Conservation, a marine conservation organisation dedicated to working with local communities to develop conservation and poverty alleviation initiatives that protect biodiversity and coastal livelihoods. At present, I am the Conservation Programmes Manager, responsible for the coordination of Blue Ventures integrated conservation programmes in Madagascar and Belize. Prior to working at Blue Ventures I studied the artisanal octopus fishery in Madagascar and worked surveying coral reefs in the Philippines.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Artisanal fisheries;
  • Sustainable fisheries;
  • Community-based management

Qualifications

2005 MRes Marine Biology, University of Plymouth
2003 BA Hons Biological Sciences, University of Oxford

Research

Research interests

Project Title: Artisanal marine turtle and shark fisheries of southwest Madagascar

Supervisors: Annette Broderick; Brendan Godley

Funding Body: Research is funded through Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation, National Geographic and the British High Commission in Mauritius.

Project Description:

My PhD focuses on the artisanal shark and turtle fisheries of the Vezo fishers of southwest Madagascar. I am interested in not only assessing the status of both fisheries, that are currently unreported, but also their sustainable management through both community conservation initiatives and advocating policy change at a national level. My fieldwork employs a network of local data collectors throughout remote southwest Madagascar, who are trained to record shark and turtle landings in their respective villages through the use of digital cameras.

Publications/Presentations:

Le Manach, F., Gough, C., Harris, A., Humber, F., Harper, S., Zeller, D. 2012. Unreported fishing, hungry people and political turmoil: the recipe for a food security crisis in Madagascar? Marine Policy 36, 218–225.

Humber, F., Godley, B., Ramehery, V., Broderick, A. 2011. Using community members to assess artisanal fisheries: the marine turtle fishery in Madagascar. Animal Conservation 14, 175-185.

Tucker,  B.,  Tsimitamby,  Mr.,  Humber,  F.,  Benbow,  S.,  Iida,  T.  2010  Foraging  for Development: a Comparison of Food insecurity, Production, and risk among Farmers, Forest Foragers, and marine Foragers in Southwestern Madagascar. Human Organization 69 (4) 375 – 386.

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