Roshni Mangar


Thesis Topic

Understanding the fishers to change the fishery: who is involved in bottom trawl fisheries in Asia, and why?


Dr. Amanda Vincent


College of the Atlantic: B.A. in Human Ecology (2012)

Research Unit

Project Seahorse


I am an MSc student at the University of British Columbia in the Institute for Oceans and Fisheries. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic (Maine, USA). I was born in Mauritius and grew up in both India and Mauritius. I have carried out research in multiple locations such as Mauritius, Seychelles, Florida, California, New Zealand, and Maine. My previous work has focused on the conservation of marine mammals, coral reef restoration, and marine education. Throughout these experiences, I kept thinking about the relationship between humans and the ocean. Specially, I was interested on how our current fisheries practices affects the livelihoods of fishers. This lingering question steered me towards the research conducted by Dr Amanda Vincent.

My thesis focuses on the bottom trawling industry in Asia. Bottom trawling is one of the most destructive forms of fishing, effectively clear-cutting the ocean. I am keen to understand the fisher’s relationship to the industry, by exploring their affinity, history and cultural association. While aiming to understand the above, I will also be delving into our subconscious assumptions when creating fisheries-related policies. We are trained to think of fishers as a sacred group or “Once a fisher, always a fisher”; however, this may not be the case in the bottom trawling industry. As part of this thesis, I am keen to understand how we bridge the gap between actionable science and policy implementation.

At UBC, I am also involved with the Ocean Leaders Program, the CUPE 2278, and the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. I aim to not only promote change via my research but also my day to day actions.

Research Interests

Small-scale fishers; bottom-trawling; human rights at sea; fisher livelihoods


  • COSMOS International Graduate Travel Award: A travel award that has been endowed by Dr Daniel Pauly and The University of British Columbia for a deserving international graduate student who needs support for research or fieldwork to be conducted in their region or country of origin. Fund amount $6500 (2021-2022)
  • The University of British Columbia Affiliated Fellowship Master’s Program: The fellowship is awarded to meritorious students for full-time study and/or research leading to a graduate degree. The awards are made on the basis of academic excellence. Fund amount $2400 (2020-2021)
  • The Robin Rigby Trust (administered by Saint Mary’s University): Research grant ($9000) awarded for Masters thesis research (2020-2021)
  • Ocean Leaders Fellowship: A program dedicated to training the next generation of researchers with the ability to translate technical knowledge into policy and management innovations for the oceans (2019-Present)
  • International Tuition Award: Funds used to cover the costs of international tuition (2019-Present)
  • College of the Atlantic Expeditionary Fund: Funds used travel and research conducted in Mauritius (Winter 2015
  • Kathryn W. Davis Global and Civic Engagement Fund for Peace Award: Funds used for housing, travel and research conducted in Sarasota, Florida (Summer 2015)
  • Merit-Based Scholarship/Award: The Rebecca Clark Memorial Scholarship (COA). Merit-based scholarship towards students with marine science and policy interest (2014-2015)
  • Maine Sea Grant Undergraduate Scholarship in Marine Sciences: Statewide merit-based undergraduate scholarship for majors in marine or coastal issues (2014- 2015)
  • INBRE Summer Research Fellowship Recipient (Summer 2014)
  • SEA Semester Scholarship (Fall 2014)
  • United World College Davis Scholar (2012-2016)
  • College of the Atlantic Grant/Scholarship (2012-2016)

Selected Publications

Williams LM, Lago BA, McArthur AG, Raphenya AR, Pray N, Saleem N, Salas S, Paulson K, Mangar RS, Liu Y, Vo AH, Shavit JA. The transcription factor, Nuclear factor, erythroid 2 (Nfe2), is a regulator of the oxidative stress response during Danio rerio development. Aquat Toxicol. 2016 Nov;180:141-154

Couture Fanny, Efford Meaghan, Mangar Roshni, Oddo Matias. April 8, 2020. Habitat Change in Burrard Inlet: Mapping the Evolution of Coastal Waters in Metro Vancouver. StoryMap published through ESRI StoryMaps: hosted on

Contact Information


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Twitter: @RoshniMangar
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