Amanda Keledjian, Marine Scientist

Since 2012, Keledjian has been responsible for Oceana's research on fisheries bycatch. Bycatch is the term used to mean a fish or other marine species that is caught unintentionally while catching certain target species and sizes of fish, crabs etc. It includes the discard of fish and entanglement of marine mammals and sea turtles. In her work she also monitors the performance of federal agencies in meeting mandates to protect threatened and endangered aquatic species.

Prior to joining Oceana, Amanda completed her undergraduate studies in biology and anthropology at Grinnell College in 2008. Keledjian then worked as a teaching assistant at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts and as a research assistant in Antarctica. She later earned her master’s degree at the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego, CA. During her graduate studies, Amanda worked at a marine mammal rehabilitation center where she began to understand some of the challenges inherent in balancing animal health and human uses of the marine environment. Since then, she continues to find ways of minimizing our impact on the ocean and its many inhabitants.

Amanda is currently working on Oceana's Responsible Fishing Campaign that seeks to protect threatened marine life by promoting sustainable and effective alternatives to harmful fishing practices.

“I have worked on projects ranging from analyzing sea lion eating habits to studying microbes in Antarctica and always arrive at the same conclusion: the ocean is an amazing thing. I have been lucky enough to experience these joys around the world and strive to inspire the same passion in others by sharing what I know.”