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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Located at the tip of the Coral Triangle in the western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is home to more than 200 species of sharks and rays, and declines in their numbers could have negative impacts on marine ecosystems. Read More
Despite progress in conservation efforts in recent years, many shark populations around the world have not recovered from heavy fishing and still face significant threats. Sri Lanka is among the many countries trying to address those threats, and the government advanced those efforts further March 5-6 by hosting a workshop to help the region’s customs, fisheries, and environmental officers... Read More
The waters surrounding the South Pacific island nation of Samoa are prime habitat for nearly 30 species of sharks and rays, and today the government took a critical step toward protecting them. At a forum to celebrate the region’s history of strong shark conservation, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi announced that the country is designating all of its national waters a... Read More