Jen Sawada is an officer for Pew’s global shark conservation campaign, managing efforts to encourage countries in the Pacific and Caribbean to adopt domestic measures to protect sharks, including creating shark sanctuaries. Since joining Pew in August 2009 as an associate and later a senior associate, she has worked on conservation measures in Honduras, Guam, American Samoa, Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Samoa.
Sawada previously served as a campaign associate at the American Lands Alliance, with a focus on policy and legislation to protect and restore forests in the United States.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego in environmental systems ecology, behavior, and evolution.
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There are more than 200 species of sharks and rays found in the waters of the Philippines. These species play a critical role in maintaining the country’s marine ecosystem and are a huge draw for tourists. Yet many are still fished and overexploited, and only a few have received the protections they need to recover. Read More
Further solidifying West Africa’s emerging leadership on shark conservation, representatives of 12 countries in the region gathered in Dakar, Senegal, in early December for a workshop on how best to implement recently adopted international trade regulations to protect several species of sharks and rays. Read More
Jose M. Mateo Feliz, director of biodiversity for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, announced a ban on commercial fishing, sale and trade for all shark and ray species within the country’s exclusive economic zone on November 15. Read More