One Fish, Two Fish, Somalia Fish, IUU Fish

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I announced this on Facebook, so for many of you it will be old news. I apologize for the redundancy, but I wanted to keep those who are too cool for Facebook in the loop.

I just finished the second week of my new job! I am very happy to say that I am the new Research Assistant for Secure Fisheries, a program of One Earth Future, a non-profit based in Broomfield, CO. I am working on a report about the state of fisheries in Somalia, specifically trying to determine how much illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU, get it now?) fishing is occurring there. No, I’m not going to Africa; it’s all computer research. I’ve already learned more than I ever thought existed about fisheries in Somalia and I’ve got a ways to go.

I feel lucky to have found something that will further my career while I await my Peace Corps placement. As for that, I still don’t know when I’m going, but it will likely be next summer. I have my fingers and toes crossed for the Philippines where they do work on fish catch reporting and establishing marine protected areas. Send some supportive thoughts for me to the Peace Corps on that one. It would be perfect and it’s the only program they have like that. 

The only downside to getting a job is that my travels are over for now…kind of. I still have some trips to write about and one coming up, so don’t give up on the blog yet!

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