Our 2013 Seacology Prize goes to Marie Saleem, a leading environmental conservation advocate whose research and activism have helped protect marine species in her home country of the Maldives.
Her study of shark populations led to a nation-wide ban on shark fishing and the trade of shark products beginning in 2010. Most recently, she helped gain special protection measures for several shark and manta species under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES).
She also regularly conducts environment awareness classes for children, works with several island communities on waste management, and participates in coral mitigation programs. She and her husband founded an environmental consultancy through which they run “marine discovery centers” for Four Seasons resorts in the Maldives.
Filmed and produced by Stefan Ruenzel. Additional underwater footage provided by Martin Stelfox.