Environmentalist wins Pew fellowship

Randall Arauz of the Programa Restauracion de Tortugas Marinas has been awarded a Pew fellowship in marine conservation that provides $150,000 a year for three years.

The grant is designed to address ocean conservation challenges, said Pew from Washington, D.C.

Arauz is well known as a defender of shark, sea turtles and other marine species. He was at the forefront of the battle over shark finning.

In his marine fellowship, Arauz will work on policies and interventions to better enforce no-take areas that have been established in Costa Rica, said Pew. His efforts also will help ensure that Costa Rica’s shark conservation policies are based on the best available science and that the public continues to be educated about the importance of rebuilding shark populations, Pew added.

Since 1996, Pew said the program has recognized 145 marine experts in 32 countries.

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