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Knauss fellow to tackle fisheries issues

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NARRAGANSETT, January 26, 2004A University of Rhode Island (URI) graduate student is among 33 nationally who have been awarded a one-year, $38,000 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Rosemary Kosaka is on her way to Silver Spring, Md., to work in the federal government on fisheries policy, starting February 1, 2004.

Kosaka, from Pacific Grove, Calif., is a marine affairs master's degree candidate who will be working in a new social sciences program at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries headquarters. The social science program seeks to better integrate social and cultural concerns into fisheries management, Kosaka says.

"I was interested in the Knauss Fellowship because I saw it as a great opportunity to participate in fisheries policymaking at the federal level. My primary interests in fisheries are related to how social and cultural concerns influence and shape marine policy, for better or worse," Kosaka says.

The Knauss Fellowship, established in 1979, provides a unique educational experience to students with an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative branch, executive branch, or appropriate associations/institutions located in the Washington, D.C., area.

Sea Grant is a nationwide program that promotes the conservation and sustainable development of marine resources for the public benefit.