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Sylvia Targ

Investigating Park-Driven Displacement of Traditional Fishers in Coastal Colombia

Largely understudied, small-scale fisheries are critical to coastal livelihoods in the global south, yet are poorly represented in conversations about development, food security, human rights, and gender equity. The creation of marine-protected areas and parks along coastal regions with marine biodiversity in mind has displaced the livelihoods of traditional fishers. I will be investigating reactions and adjustments to this displacement along the caribbean coast of Colombia.

Message to Sponsor

The SURF experience allowed me to supplement my education in environmental management with international field experience. Reading and seeing people lecture about work is one thing, but actually getting out to do your own research is another. I have SURF and the Wishek fund to thank for expanding my experience in that regard! Thank you!
  • Major: Geography, Conservation & Resource Studies
  • Sponsor: Wishek Fund
  • Mentor: Lina M. Saavedra-Daz, Nathan Sayre