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Gabriela is Country Coordinator for Honduras with MarAlliance, where she works towards improving understanding and conservation of threatened marine species, specifically sharks and rays on the Mesoamerican reef system. She currently leads MarAlliance’s education, outreach and research programs in Honduras.  Most recently she completed the first marine megafauna monitoring in the country and results will be translated into better management decisions for these iconic species. Prior to working with MarAlliance, Gabriela worked for the GEF Small Grant Programme working on different developmental projects with strong conservation emphasis. There she had the opportunity to work along side artisanal fishers on the pacific coast of Honduras to standardize sea turtle monitoring methods for Olive Ridleys. She is very passionate about marine conservation in her home country and working together with community based organizations and fishers to improve marine megafauna stewardship. Gabriela grew up in the mainland of Honduras and studied Marine Biology at Texas A&M University, she is currently based on the Island of Roatan.