Benadetta, University of Aberdeen, for her project ‘Changing Perceptions in a Changing Environment: Assessing Local Ecological Knowledge and Shifting Baselines among Fishing Communities of the Italian Northern Adriatic Sea’. This is a highly original and innovative work for an undergraduate dissertation. Benadetta has used both ecological and social survey techniques to address a complex issue. Fishing is a deeply convoluted issue and highly emotive among communities whose livelihoods depend on fishing. The quality of the data gathering and analysis is excellent and the interpretation of the findings are highly relevant to current conservation needs. The quality and insight that Benadetta has shown is to be commended, particularly with regard to the academic quality, innovation, and the usefulness of the findings to conservation actions.