Melanie learned a long time ago that she loved the outdoors. During her time at St. Francis Xavier University, she favoured classes like biology, marine biology, coastal oceanography, and marine pollution while she completed her Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology. After this, shg attended James Cook University in Townsville, Australia and noted that she learned more about the Canadian fisheries while in Australia than she ever did here in Canada. She went straight to work looking for a job in Canada where she could help in the lobster industry. She had some amazing jobs along the way, as a Marine Interpreter on a Whale Watching Boat, Marine Biologist in a lobster plant, Field tech at the Lobster Science Centre and Project Manager/field biologist with Aquatic Science and Health Services. All of which lead her to the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association. Now, she assists fishers directly in answering questions about different species and stock status, in an effort to ensure that fishing remains sustainable for future generations while maintaining a healthy ocean.