Genna Saiske

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Pacific Ocean Finance Fellow, Palau

Genna Saiske grew up on the ocean in Palau. Before she learned about what ocean health was in school, she was taught at home to be a steward of the ocean; to take only what she needed and not to disturb the ecosystem because everyone relies on the ocean for their livelihood. Her undergraduate thesis focused on aquaculture and alternative fish farming methods as solutions for food security. That research allowed Genna to learn about ocean governance in Palau and the Micronesia region, which she is currently using in her role as a Development Officer at the Palau Conservation Society. In 2018, she implemented the Choose Pelagics Campaign which inspired a presidential directive to reduce pressure on the reefs and support local fisheries.