Yudmila Luís Chunguane by Mario Guilamba

This week on ‘An Interview with WiseOceans’ we spoke with Yudmila Luís Chunguane

Name: Yudmila Luís Chunguane

Role: Intern

Company: Love the Oceans

Top Tip: Always work hard!

Photo credits: Mario Guilamba

Quick Fire Questions

1. What inspired you to pursue a career in marine conservation? 

I always loved to be at the beach and when I finished my high school I needed to choose want do I wanted to study at Uni, and marine biologist was one of my choices, honestly at that time, I didn’t even know much about it excepts that deals with marine animals, and then I got admitted, and when I started the attending the course and taking classes I just fell in love with it and develop the passion for ocean conservation and protect the environment.

2. What steps did you take or are you currently taking to achieve your career goals?

Embracing a master in a Conservation Biology and Ecology which I believe that this is helping me to understand the marine dynamic and increase my confidence in solve marine problems; Learning news skills (diving); Having and/or creating a relationship with people in marine conservation industry; Gain as much as experience in different marine areas as I can.

3. How did you obtain your current position? 

I applied for an Internship program funded by Biofund (Foundation for Biodiversity Conservation) called PLCM (Mozambique Conservation Leadership Program)  that contribute to the transformation of the Conservation Sector in Mozambique through capacities and skills in the National System of Conservation Areas and then I was picked to work with LTO.

4. Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?  

The dive part; The Sustainable Fishing Project and BRUV project are showing to be very challenging but very interesting projects.

5. Are there aspects of your position which make you feel that you are really ‘making a difference’? 

Yes, such as:

1. Developing the Capacity Building Syllabus that will help the staff (community) to understand the importance of protecting fisheries resources and marine ecosystems to not only restore marine life but also the people’s life (that depends on the fisheries);

2. That is important to build a good and strong relationship with community in order to have good results;

3. That we can reduce fishing pressure not by banning people from fishing but by encouraging them to adopt more sustainable fishing gear.

6. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were starting out?

To dive.

7. Are there any skills you never thought you would need but did?

The ability to be adaptable to different context and people and be out of my comfort zone.

8. What advice would you give to budding marine conservationists?  

To gain as much as experience that they can, to make a lot of networking as they can and always work hard.

9. What is your favourite marine creature and why?

Rays and sharks they became my passion now although I haven’t seen it at sea yet.

10. What is your most unforgettable moment in the sea?

My first diving is my unforgettable moment, I was so nervous and excited at the same time, but it was awesome and incredible, and I could enjoy the beauty of the marine life and be around that was so amazing.

“The ability to be adaptable to different contexts and people are skills I never thought I would need!”

Yudmila Luís Chunguane

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