Joytishna Raj Jit Joytishna Jit


Degree Program: Doctor of Philosophy

Thesis Title: International and Domestic Regulations for the Protection of Pacific Sea Turtles: Case studies of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, (Queensland) Australia and Fiji

Supervisors: Professor Warwick Gullett and Professor Greg Rose


Policy analyst in the interdisciplinary areas of environment, maritime, coastal and ocean affairs. In 2002, completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Fisheries) at Australian Maritime College with Captain Swanson Award of excellence. Joytishna commenced work at the Pacific inter-governmental institution The University of the South Pacific collaborating on projects with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and Food and Agriculture Organization. Projects include environmental policy, protected areas management, regional oceans policy, HACCP, aquaculture policy review, fisheries trade and food security, ecotoxicology, maritime and fisheries security and safety, and community-based management. Masters in Arts (Marine Affairs) completed in 2007 while working for the Regional Maritime Programme at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC’s RMP).  SPC’s RMP is the technical implementation agency for United Nations International Maritime Organization treaties in Pacific States. She is currently in the final semester of her doctorate thesis.

Research Interests

Ranging from maritime and fisheries to environmental administration. State implementation, compliance auditing and natural resource management. State implementation of international environmental law, and resolving issues and challenges for developed and developing states, and indigenous communities.


Tsamenyi, M. and Jit, J. 2011. ‘The Conservation of Sea Turtles Under the Law of the Sea Convention, the UN Fish Stocks Agreement, and the WCPF Convention’ (Ch. 20) in Conservation of Pacific Sea Turtles, University of Hawai’i Press, Honolulu.

Jit, J. 2009. ‘Australia’s National Framework for Marine Research and Innovation’ (Commentary) Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs 1(1) 29-31.

Tsamenyi, M. and Jit, J. 2010. ‘Evaluation of the Concept of a Pacific Oceanscape to Manage the Pacific Islands and Ocean Environment’ Paper presented at the 2nd Seminar on Islands and Oceans, 29th November to 1st December 2010, Tokyo, Japan.

Jit, J. 2007. ‘Compliance and Enforcement in Sea Turtle Conservation in Fiji’ Paper presented at the 29th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation 14-19 February 2007, Brisbane, Australia.

Evans, N., Raj , J. and Williams, D. 2003. Review of Aquaculture Policy and Legislation in the Pacific Islands Region, SPC Aquaculture Technical Papers [Published].

Evans, N., Pickering, T., Raj, J. and Williams, D. 2003. Review of Aquaculture Policy and Legislation in the Pacific Island Region, Working Paper, SPC Heads of Fisheries Meeting, New Caledonia.

Ram-Bidesi, V., Evans, N, Raj, J. Rajan, J and William, D. 2003. Case Study on the Impact of International Trade in Fisheries Products on Food Security in Fiji, Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Report.

Raj, J. and Evans, N. 2004. ‘The Role of Trade in Fisheries Production and Consumption in Fiji’, Background Paper, Pacific Islands Regional Oceans Forum, 2-6 February 2004, Suva, Fiji.  Available:

Jit, J. and Hogan, J 2006. ‘Constraints in the Growth of International Cruise Shipping Operations in Pacific Island Countries and Territories’, Information Paper, First Regional Meeting for Ministers of Transportation 19 April 2007, Apia, Samoa.

Hogan, J., Jit, J. and Streeter, M. 2007. Small Islands States Shipping Services Feasibility: From Wallis and Futuna to Tuvalu, Kiribati and Nauru, Consultancy Report. Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Suva, Fiji.

Last reviewed: 14 September, 2011