Holly received her Masters in Marine Conservation from Victoria University of Wellington at the end of 2017. Since then, Holly has been employed by the Ministry for Primary Industries as a Fisheries Observer where she works on a variety of international and national commercial fishing boats within the New Zealand Economic Exclusive Zone in both deepwater and inshore fisheries.
Holly has a keen interest in marine conservation and sustainability, resulting in her volunteering and working as an intern for a multitude of different NGO’s and community projects. Previously, Holly has spent time working as research intern at Lake Malawi Research Centre looking at the biodiversity and abundance of native cichlids, collecting local fisheries data and monitoring freshwater quality. Holly has also volunteered as a guide for Experiencing Marine Reserves, given education talks on marine conservation, attended vegetation plantings and volunteered as a research assistant for a Victoria University post-doctoral student in collaboration with NIWA on a project aiming to develop a comprehensive database of life history, morphological and topological traits of fish species from the Golden Bay.
Holly has recently founded the community project Borrow Bags Mackenzie, which provides four local supermarkets with homemade material bags for residents to borrow and return to reduce the amount of plastic bags within the Mackenzie Region.
Holly is honoured to be a Sir Peter Blake Ambassador and plans to continue contributing the sustainability of New Zealand’s oceans.