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Waitt Institute Welcomes Juliana Herrera Correal

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

Born in Colombia and raised in Costa Rica, Juliana Herrera Correal has joined the Waitt Institute as the Program Manager for Blue Azores. In her new role, she will collaborate with the Regional Government of the Azores and the Oceano Azul Foundation to work towards implementation of Marine Protected Areas and improvement of fisheries management in the Azores.

Juliana started her career as an assistant researcher for the Unit for Fisheries Research and Aquaculture (UNIP), part of the Investigation Centre of Marine Sciences and Limnology (CIMAR) of the University of Costa Rica. She worked as an observer on board of commercial shrimp trawlers, as well as collecting fishery-dependent and -independent data onboard of small-scale gillnet and longline boats along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

Growing up in Costa Rica, Juliana had a strong connection and love for the ocean since she was young. Surfing, snorkeling and diving made her want to conserve the ocean and its resources, which led her to obtain a BS in Biology from the University of Costa Rica. Later on, she became interested in taking an interdisciplinary approach to management of resources, and as a result pursued a Master’s in Environmental Science and Management, focused on Coastal Marine Management, from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara.

Prior to joining the Waitt Institute, Juliana worked as a Seafood Standards Manager at Fair Trade USA where she led the revision of the Capture Fisheries Standard. Additionally, she worked as a Fishery Improvement Project reviewer at FishChoice.

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