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Maritime Graduate Dedicates Achievement to Late Brother

“My master’s thesis focused on the first “Options for Delivering Ecosystem-Based Marine Management Conceptual model focusing on the human impacts on the marine environment in Fiji”.
01 Dec 2021 10:00
Maritime Graduate Dedicates Achievement to Late Brother
From left: President for World Maritime University Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry and Alumita Cadramaisoso Lomalagi during the graduation ceremony at the World Maritime University in Sweden.

Losing a loved one while studying in a foreign country is an experience Alumita Cadramaisoso Lomalagi will never forget.

She lost her youngest brother, Ropate Joy Cadramaisoso, who was a Year Nine student at Marist Brothers High School.

Mrs Lomalagi studied at the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden where she attained her Masters of Science in Maritime Affairs specialising in Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management.

 

Maritime Studies
From Daku, Naceva, Kadavu with maternal links to Uruone, Vanuabalavu, Lau, her interest for maritime studies drew from her passion for protecting the maritime environment.

“Maritime industry is also about protecting the marine environment and with inter island shipping on the rise transporting cargo and passengers between islands in Fiji.”

“I came to realise that our marine environment is vulnerable to the impacts of human activities that need to be managed wisely.”

 

“Therefore, a need for sustainable shipping in the near future for our maritime industry,” Mrs Lomalagi said.

Her interests to further her maritime studies started in 2018 when she joined the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji.

She attended Indian College (now Jai Narayan College) and Adi Cakobau School to complete her secondary education.

 

She then continued further to Univeristy of the South Pacific where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Climate Change.
Inspiration

She choose to specialise in oceans sustainability, governance and management because she believes that Fiji’s marine environment and maritime boundaries need more protection from human activities and climate change impacts

“My master’s thesis focused on the first “Options for Delivering Ecosystem-Based Marine Management Conceptual model focusing on the human impacts on the marine environment in Fiji”.

 

“This conceptual framework is used to outline the human activities within our ocean and maritime boundaries providing ecosystem based management to decision and policy makers.”

“This framework supports maritime and ocean diplomacy implementing negotiations towards a sustainable future within the Pacific and international regions,” she said.

Mrs Lomalagi is believed to be the first Fijian student to graduate with this specialisation on Ocean Sustainability Governance and Management from WMU.

 

“I encourage women within the maritime and ocean industry to take up such an opportunity to protect our ocean and maritime boundaries.”

Her main challenge was staying away from her family with an 11 hours’ time difference between Fiji and Sweden.

“It is a challenge indeed.”

 

“While trying to complete my master’s program I lost my youngest brother (14 -years – old) making it so difficult for me to concentrate on my studies.”

She hopes to expand her interests into maritime and ocean diplomacy negotiating within different continents on the international commitments of the Sustainable Development Goals in the near future.

 

 

Feedback: laiseana.nasiga@fijisun.com.fj



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