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1/C JESSIE LUKASIK
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1/c Jessie Lukasik Granted the Fulbright Fellowship
A cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy was recently granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study marine economic development in Mauritius during the 2014-2015 academic year. Cadet Jessica Lukasik, a native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and member of the Class of 2014, will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Mauritius. The Government major plans to conduct a research project and create a framework for a sustainable marine economic development model for Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program for the United States. Cadet Lukasik will represent the country as a cultural ambassador while she is overseas, helping to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and the people of Mauritius. The 21-year-old will join over 100,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni who have undertaken grants since the program began in 1948.

Lukasik’s research project will analyze available resources and space to examine interactions within the limited marine area of tourism, shipping, aquaculture, and fishing industries. She plans to focus on how the input of other industries to resource overexploitation, ecosystem degradation, and climate change affects Mauritian fisheries. The goal of the project is to propose a marine spatial planning framework that will guide the use of the maritime resources these industries require, so they can continue to provide economic development in Mauritius.