Mustafa Sari

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2004
Fisheries Department of Agriculture


This profile was prepared when Mustafa Sari was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
Mustafa is addressing the critical problem of depletion of Pearl Mullet stock from Lake Van due to overfishing and other destructive fishing practices. In a comprehensive effort that incorporates the wisdom of local people, the expertise of scientists and the attention of policymakers and enforcement agencies—convening these groups and orienting them toward a common goal based on input from all sides—Mustafa has engineered protective measures that will sustain the environment and the fishing communities it supports. Introducing sustainable practices in fishing is one outcome of his effort; enabling a new understanding of how citizens, policymakers, police, and academics collaborate to meet environmental challenges is another. Mustafa is sharing his strategies and lessons learned with the international community for use in environments that face a similar threat.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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