November 5, 2021
We are pleased to welcome Whitney Wemett as Florida Keys Field Technician. Whitney grew up on the water in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York and received her Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Environmental Studies from Stonehill College in Massachusetts. Whitney’s passion for island communities led her to work with local NGOs and fishers in Madagascar to establish science-based regulations to protect local fisheries and subsistent fishing practices in the island chain.
Based in Islamorada, Whitney is a trained scientific diver and PADI Divemaster, experienced mariner, and an environmental writer committed to communicating science to the public. Throughout the Keys, Whitney leads grassroots campaigns, advocacy, and community-based ocean conservation programs with Surfrider Florida Keys, where she currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Executive Board. At the helm of the recent Key West cruise ship campaign, Whitney has worked with local fisherman, the Safer, Cleaner Ships Committee and her local community to defend ocean livelihoods and the fragile marine ecosystem the Keys calls home.
As the Florida Keys Field Technician, Whitney is excited to combine her previous fisheries management and field experience to bring science to the fight for flats fisheries and her home waters in the Florida Keys.
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