Profile: Sahir Advani

Sahir is a PhD student at the Institute for Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia. His research is based in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India and aims to understand the variations in economic and cultural values that local fishing communities place on fish stocks. Focusing on value chains for marine product exports from these islands, this study will assess equity in price transmission and address the impact of markets on the sustainability of fisher livelihoods and fisheries.

Before starting his PhD, Sahir worked for a not-for-profit marine research organisation, Dakshin Foundation, India and studied the grouper fishery in the Andaman Islands. Sahir will once again be working with Dakshin Foundation and the collaboration aims to develop sustainable and equitable fisheries management plans that benefit fishing communities in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

From August 2016 to March 2017, Sahir will be travelling the length of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and interacting with and interviewing commercial and indigenous fishing communities from multiple cultures to uncover the values they place on fish stocks. Surveys of fish markets will complement his understanding of the effects of export markets on marine ecosystems and sustainability values.