Marine Scientist, Responsible Fishing Campaign
Alex Aines recently joined Oceana as a Marine Scientist on the Responsible Fishing Campaign. Alex will be working with the team to ban the sale and trade of shark fins, defend our key domestic fisheries management law, and protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.
Alex grew up as an avid SCUBA diver which drove her interest in marine biology. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Santa Clara University and a master’s degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University. For her master’s research, she worked with NOAA to look at the tiger shark diet in the northwest Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico (zero license plates were discovered in any stomachs if you were wondering). Alex has also completed marine research and policy work in the Bahamas, South Africa, Florida, California, North Carolina, and Maryland. Most recently, Alex worked with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in Monterey to assess the status of California’s marine recreational finfish fisheries. She worked on designing surveys in the field, statistically analyzing data, and evaluating management options. While currently based in Monterey, Alex will be moving to the D.C. area, where she is originally from. She is excited to be part of the team!