Dr. Arlenie Perez, Assistant Professor in the Natural Resources Management (NRM) program in the Science Department at the University of Belize (UB) was recently appointed as the ERI Marine Research Fellow. Prior to attending the National Taiwan Oceanic University in 2006 to obtain her PhD in Marine Affairs and Resource Management, Dr. Perez completed two years as a Lecturer at UB. Having completed her studies in 2010, she returned to Belize and to UB’s Department of Science. The fellowship at ERI will enable Dr. Perez to pursue a marine research project of national importance in collaboration with the ERI, while maintaining her position in the Science Department and the NRM program. Dr. Perez has chosen to focus her research on the sea cucumber fishery since fishing of non-traditional marine species is now on the increase.