Fish Talk: FSM NORMA Appoints Fisheries Awareness Ambassador


The FSM National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) has recently appointed Ms. Jasmine Mendiola as its Fisheries Awareness Ambassador. In this new role, Ms. Mendiola will be visiting schools and communities throughout the federation to conduct a Fisheries Awareness Program on the tuna fishery, including management, development, sustainability and social responsibility. Every year on May 2nd, World Tuna Day, various organizations and groups that have a stake in tuna fisheries celebrate the significant role tuna plays on a global scale; to commemorate this day, the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Office holds a World Tuna Day Art and Talent Quest to raise awareness about vital tuna stocks. This year, Ms. Mendiola won the top prize for her poem entitled “Teach Your Children” which portrays the need to teach our children about the importance of tuna conservation. “This awareness campaign is something NORMA has always wanted to do, but with our already limited human resources and growing responsibilities in fisheries it has been difficult to jump start,” notes NORMA Executive Director Eugene Pangelinan. “Jasmine’s artistic creativity was a glaring reminder of the significance of having all our young people understand the substance behind the message shared in her poem.”
Ms. Mendiola is no stranger to awareness campaigns, one of the primary reasons she was hand-picked for this task. Her current role as Assistant Director of the Marine and Environmental Research Institute of the Pacific (MERIP) includes a school awareness program to local high schools as well as conducting community workshops on fisheries management. Her background includes work as a Public Diplomacy and Research Officer at the Australian Embassy, a Data Technician at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and Climate Change Project Intern at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. She is a graduate of COM-FSM’s Marine Science Program and one of only a handful of FSM females in the marine science field.