“He’s so very important to our efforts to build

strong relationships with University and government scientists, he plays an invaluable role in that very important function.” - Brian Crawford

Photo credit | URI student Fery Sutyawan ‘19

Najih Lazar Research Associate, Coastal Resources Center

“Najih has been an outstanding asset,” says Crawford. “He is one of the few people on our staff with a strong background in fisheries biology, which is why he’s been leading aspects of our fisheries stock assessments in our entire international portfolio.” When he returned from Ghana, Lazar shifted his attention to fisheries issues in Malawi and Madagascar, while also coordinating visits to URI by Ghanaian students. Now, he also works with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the Philippines to develop better systems for producing more timely and accurate stock assessments. “He’s so very important to our efforts to build strong relationships with University and government scientists,” Crawford says. “He plays an invaluable role in that very important function.”

Research Associate Najih Lazar spent much of his career working for the Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife, where he used his expertise in fisheries assessment and management to contribute in the reform of the U.S. fisheries conservation. For the last eight years, he has dedicated that knowledge to supporting fisheries research and management in Ghana, Senegal, The Gambia, Malawi, Madagascar and the Philippines where URI’s Coastal Resources Center is leading fisheries management programs. As a native of Morocco, he made several contributions in the development of Morocco’s fisheries programs such as the recently adopted Blue Belt Initiative, which aims to restore the potential of oceans and wetlands through the introduction of responsible and sustainable approaches that reconcile economic growth and economic security with the conservation of aquatic resources. Working in Ghana with Brian Crawford, senior coastal resources manager, Lazar worked with a team made up of university researchers and government officials to assess local fish stocks and develop several research and management initiatives. He also guided the research of students at Ghana’s University of Cape Coast, Senegal’s University of Dakar where he also helped set up laboratories and advised students on fisheries science and assessment methods. He was a key player in the development of the dual-degree program between URI and Ghana’s University of Cape Coast.

Senior Coastal Resources Manager Brian Crawford and Coastal Resources Center Research Associate Najih Lazar.

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