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Andre Boustany

Name: Andre Boustany
Country: United States
Occupation: Marine Biologist
Area of specialization: Environmental preference, habitat utilization and population structure of highly migratory pelagic fishes using electronic tagging and genetics.  My thesis work was concerned with Pacific and Atlantic bluefin tuna but I have also studied yellowfin and albacore tuna, billfishes (sailfish, blue and black marlin), white sharks and mola.
Best part about my job: Traveling to places that I might otherwise never get to see.  Being able to spend a fair amount of time outside doing fieldwork.  The knowledge that the work we do has the potential to make a positive impact on the management of marine animals.
Biggest challenges I face:   The politics of fisheries management.
The most unusual or exciting thing that's happened to me while working in the field: Seeing white sharks feeding on a dead blue whale.  Any time I see a school of giant bluefin tuna feeding at the surface.
Why I like being a member of Project GloBAL Being able to work with some of the best people in their respective fields.  Addressing the global problem of bycatch.
When I’m not working at Project GloBAL, I like to: Fishing, camping, hiking, hunting…essentially anything that gets me away from my computer, which is where I spend most of my day at work.
Ten years from now, I hope I will be:  be doing conservation relevant research for the rest of my career.  I hope the work I do has practical applications to the management of marine organisms.