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Samantha spent 2017 working in Japan as Te Ohu Kaimoana’s Global Fisheries Scholar, learning aspects of the global seafood industry through Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui) such as fisheries and resource management, processing, sales, operations, sustainability, as well as Nissui’s advanced R&D and aquaculture techniques. She is passionate about sustainability, innovation, and ensuring Māori and rangatahi are heard, and strives to contribute to benefitting Māori and Aotearoa’s sustainability in fisheries and a wider environmental context. Sam has a Science and Commerce Degree in Marine Science, Statistics, and Marketing. She is a Sir Peter Blake Trust/Department of Conservation Blake Ambassador (Yellow-eyed penguin conservation), and has work experience with Plant and Food Research, the University of Auckland, Auckland Council, and the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge.