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Olivia Kemp

Sustainable Fisheries Programme Manager Sustainable Fisheries Programme Manager Toliara, Madagascar

Olivia manages the sustainable fisheries team in Madagascar. The team's work focuses on extending the success of the Octopus cyanea programme into new projects and regions, using the long-term research Blue Ventures has conducted over the past decade. This includes replicating analyses conducted between 2009-2011, to further develop an understanding of the biological and economic effects of short term fisheries closures. The sustainable fisheries programme is also working on enhanced gender inclusion in octopus closure management, implementing multiple women's empowerment activities throughout the region. Olivia's role also includes supporting regional partners to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) eco-certification label, a new and exciting chapter for Blue Ventures Conservation.


Olivia has a background in sustainable agriculture and humanitarian food security, and has spent the past decade working in parts of Asia, Africa and rural Australia. She has worked in State Government in Australia and with the United Nations World Food Programme. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy, from Columbia University, New York. 


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