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Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2022. 8:11 am CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: This week, the Ministry of the Blue Economy and Civil Aviation (MBECA) welcomed two senior staff members, Maxine Monsanto and Jané Salazar McLoughlin who are both bringing years of technical expertise to serve in their new capacities.

The Ministry announced on Monday that Monsanto has taken up the position of Belize’s first Director of Blue Economy, while McLoughlin takes up the post of the ministry’s new Blue Economy Development Officer.

Monsanto, who apart from holding a Master of Science in Marine Science, Policy and Law, from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, has a 20-year track record of service to Belize working five years as a marine biologist working with the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, and Belize Fisheries Department, as well as 15 years at the Department of the Environment (DOE), where she functioned in various management capacities including the head of the Project Evaluation Unit and as head of the Environmental Law and Policy Unit.

She also holds many certifications in multiple disciplines including Ocean Governance, Marine Policy, Environmental Policy, Public Policy Analysis and Project Cycle Management, Climate Change Adaptation, Sustainable Development, and Trade and Environment, and has represented Belize in regional and international capacities.

McLoughlin joins MBECA with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management in 2016, an Erasmus Mundus International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources with specialization in Management of Living Marine Resources in 2021, and over 10 years of experience in the area of marine conservation science and management in Belize.

The Ministry notes that before she joined its team as the Development Officer, McLoughlin was the Marine Biologist for the UB Environmental Research Institute where she was responsible for the coordination of monitoring activities within the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve.

The MBECA added that McLoughlin has also been a member of various national committees and working groups in the marine resource management field. During her master’s program, she conducted a research fellowship with the Future Oceans Lab in Vigo, Spain, where she participated in projects involving climate vulnerability and adaptation and impacts and adaptations of fisheries to shifting stocks.

“Both Monsanto and McLoughlin will play senior roles in leading the implementation of the country’s Blue Economy Policy and Strategy as well as its five-year Maritime Economy Plan,” the Ministry said.

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