Ambassador Samantha Blampied
PhD – Local Marine Scientist

"For my PhD, which was part of Blue Marine Foundation’s wider project both here in Jersey and in the UK, I studied the ecology and socioeconomics of the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around Les Écréhous, Les Minquiers and southeast of Jersey to better understand the role MPAs have to play in conserving marine biodiversity and in creating more sustainable fisheries."

Favourite Place in Jersey
On the water.

"Tope is a species of shark found in our waters. They are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species as they are being unsustainably fished in other parts of the world. They can live up to 55 years so are a very slow growing species and also slow to reproduce meaning they take a long time to recover after being overfished. Sharks are a sign of a healthy ecosystem and hopefully the MPAs are providing a refuge for them."