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International Environmental Law Project (IELP)

Vivian Fernandes ’15

Fernandes is the compliance policy advisor for Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) based in Honiara, Solomon Islands. He advises FFA’s 17 member countries regarding compliance with national, regional and international fisheries obligations for their respective tuna fisheries regimes.

“I particularly enjoy the extremely diverse nature of my role. It includes a wide range of activities including drafting regional policy documents, supporting member countries at international meetings and negotiations, and delivery training programs across the Pacific,” Fernandes said. “The best part about my job is the amazing opportunity it provides me to have a direct hand in the conservation and management of the Pacific tuna fisheries.”

Fisheries and policy work piqued Fernandes’ interest during his studies in marine science at Sydney University in his home country, Australia. After working as an environmental attorney for a firm in Sydney, he decided he wanted to refocus his career on public interest environmental law and international marine conservation work.

Pursuing an LLM in Environmental and Natural Resources Law at Lewis and Clark Law School provided him with the experience and connections to achieve his career goals.

“My work through IELP directly led me to an externship with the Center for International Environmental Law, and ongoing legal work with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), an IELP client, following my graduation,” Fernandes said. “The LLM spawned work in fisheries law and policy with environmental NGOs, many of which specialized in international fisheries policies throughout the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.”