Samantha Peterson

Manager, WWF Sustainable Fisheries Programme

Samantha Petersen doesn't have an easy job. As head of the combined sustainable fisheries programme for WWF, Petersen deals with some of the most vulnerable parts of the world's ecosystem each and every day. She says what keeps her going is the belief that we are in a better position to address environmental problems because of our technological advances and collective increased knowledge of the marine habitat. This is ironically at a time when marine conditions are in the worst degraded state. Petersen, who trained as a veterinary nurse, went on to obtain a BSc in zoology from Unisa as well as a PhD from the University of Cape Town focusing on the bycatch of vulnerable species in longline and trawl fisheries. � Eamon Allan

Lunch spot: Blowfish, Blouberg