Podcast | How can Aquariums support conservation efforts?

Many of us will have visited aquariums and marvelled at the marine life on display. But what role can an Aquarium have in supporting conservation efforts? 

Here to discuss this and other topics is today’s guest Elizabeth Stephenson. 

Elizabeth is the Program Director of the New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund – a grants programme that provides support for community-based and locally-managed marine conservation projects in low- and middle-income countries around the globe.

To date, Marine Conservation Action Fund (or MCAF as it’s often termed) has supported over 200 projects in more than 60 countries across six continents. 

In the podcast, we talk about the work of the New England Aquarium in support of conservation efforts and also explore what the Marine Conservation Action Fund is, how it works, and how you could potentially benefit from it. 

Elizabeth also shares what it’s like to manage a programme such as this, along with her career journey and advice for people like you who might be interested to follow in her footsteps. 

It’s a marine-granting, locally-managed and community-based podcast. 






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