Charlie Gough

Helps communities in Madagascar understand their conservation outcomes through monitoring and evaluation.

Charlie is the Data Manager for the UK Archive for Marine Species and Habitats (DASSH) at the Marine Biological Association, and a PhD student at the University of Exeter documenting the status and composition of small-scale fisheries in southwest Madagascar. Charlie manages the team of DASSH data officers at the Marine Biological Association in the UK. The team works together with a broad range of data providers – from citizen scientists to academic researchers, statutory agencies and industry bodies – providing core services for data curation, management, preservation and publication. DASSH aims to ensure that marine species and habitats data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR), and follows national and global standards. By archiving data in this way, it can be re-analysed or combined with other data and ultimately have greater impact, building our knowledge of the ocean and informing ocean conservation and policy. Charlie previously worked with Blue Ventures where she led the development of community based small scale fisheries and conservation work and laid the foundations of a participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) approach. These systems are now being used by partners and communities across 13 countries to guide local marine resource management and empower local leaders to advocate for wider policy changes to help sustain their fisheries.

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