Ishaan Khot

Programme Officer – Sustainable Fisheries


M.Sc. Marine Biology, Pondicherry University, Port Blair campus, Andaman & Nicobar Islands (2015).

B.Sc. Life Sciences, Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai (2012).

Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI, Andaman & Nicobar Islands (2015).



Ishaan has always been greatly fascinated by the human dimensions of nature and strongly believe in the need for interdisciplinary solutions to address the complex problems of the Anthropocene.

His broad interests lie in understanding patterns of natural resource use and drivers of transitions in social-ecological systems. Being a Marine Biologist by training, oceans, fisheries and coastal communities appeal to him the most.  Over the past few years, he has had opportunities to work and interact with fishing communities from Maharashtra, Andamans and Lakshadweep. He has been associated with Dakshin’s long-term community-based fisheries management work in the Lakshadweep Islands since August 2015.

At present, he oversees the research and intervention projects under Dakshin’s Sustainable Fisheries programme. Our efforts are geared towards developing a holistic understanding of India’s fisheries and creating ground-up and contextualised solutions through collaborative approaches. In the future, he is also keen on diversifying and exploring other approaches and themes to understand and address larger issues in sustainability.

Publications and Project Outputs:

Presentations at Conferences/Symposia:

Grants/Fellowships Received:

  • Ravi-Sankaran Inlaks Fellowship (2017 ): Small Grant to conduct an implementation-based project to develop and test a prototype mobile application for community-based fisheries monitoring in the Lakshadweep Islands.

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