New Delhi: Dr Divya Karnad, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Ashoka University received the prestigious international Future For Nature 2019 Award for her work on Olive Ridley sea turtle and sustainable fishing of sharks . Dr Karnad is the first Indian women scientist to bag the prestigious international award. She will receive this nature conservation prize and 50,000 Euros during the Future For Nature Awards event on May 3, 2019 in the Netherlands.

Dr Karnad identified light sources that had the least amount of impact to use on coastal beaches to successfully protect over 200,000 Olive Ridley sea turtles. Based on the results of her PhD work Dr Karnad  co-founded InSeason Fish, a sustainable seafood initiative. The focus of this work is to connect seafood consumers to fishermen using sustainable practices,  in order to promote grassroots level change across the fisheries.

Dr Karnad successfully reduces the unwanted bycatch of endangered sharks along the Coromandel coast of India through her project – InSeason Fish. 

The Future For Nature Award is a prestigious international award that celebrates tangible achievements in protecting wild animal and plant species. 

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