1 Mar March 1, 2017 in Fisheries Partner Support TechnicianTanzaniahaji@blueventures.orgAfter a successful 10 years with WWF, Haji joined Blue Ventures in February 2017 as the Fisheries Partner Support Technician for East Africa. He is passionate about community rights to manage their own coastal resources, and is committed to supporting our partners and fishing communities in the region, towards this goal. Haji grew up on the small island of Tumbatu, located to the north west of Unguja Island in Zanzibar (Tanzania). The island is a home to a fishing community, whose men are constantly moving between the mainland and the islands in their fishing business. His father is a boat and dhow builder, that inherited this work from his father. His mother, like other women in the village have all along been involved in subsistence farming for maize beans and cassava. Typical of children from a fishing community, Haji learned to swim at the age of 3-4 years and started learning to fish before schooling After completing his schooling and national service, he went on to study fisheries sciences, eventually starting work as a coastal ecologist for the Zanzibar Department of Environment where he started his extensive career in co-management of reef fisheries. In 2003 he started working with WWF on Mafia Island, supporting community engagement in the monitoring of their marine environment and fishing grounds. Following his passion for supporting communities’ capacity for decision-making, he supported the establishment of BMUs, village-level institutions responsible for fisheries management and community based fishery monitoring. Outside of his work with BV, he spends most of his time with his wife and two children (daughter 19, son 16), maintaining a good atmosphere in the home. True to his roots on Tumbatu, he loves to swim, and continues to find time for this whenever possible.