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Keynote Speaker: Kristján Davíðsson
In addition to several years in the finance industry, Davidsson has over two decades of experience in sales and management positions within various sectors of the seafood industry in Norway and Iceland. He has worked in fish processing, as a fisherman and, after his University degree, he has among other posts held the position of CEO of Norfish Export company, a Norwegian seafood trading company, he was CEO of leading Icelandic fisheries company Grandi and later CEO of Iceland Seafood International, a trading company headquartered in Iceland, with subsidiaries in several countries in Europe and North America. He has served as Director on the Boards of various seafood companies and organisations in Iceland, Norway and Chile. Before co-founding his business advisory company KE ehf. he was Managing Director of Corporate Banking Iceland and later of the International Seafood Team at Icelandic bank Glitnir, which specialized in the international seafood industry, doing business in several countries around the globe.
Sid'Ahmed Sidi Mohamed Abeid was born in 1957 in Atar, Mauritania. After receiving his vocational training qualification, he began working in the seafood industry in 1975. Mr. Abeid has held the following positions: Fishing ship owner, African representative to the Coordination Committee for the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), Chairman of the small-scale Fishery Section, Member of the National Fisheries Advisory Council, Member of the Fisheries Local Council, Administrator at the National Fishing School, Administrator at the artisanal harbor of Nouadhibou, Former Administrator at the Mauritanian Fish Marketing Company, Member of the Marketing Commission at the Mauritanian Fish Marketing Company, Chairman of the Regional Permanent Forum of Artisanal Fisheries Professional Actors in West Africa. Mr. Abeid is also a former town councilor, and was the first Mauritanian fisherman to introduce a system of pot fishing for octopus in Mauritania.
Susan Ashcraft – Senior Marine Biologist and Supervisor of Marine Protected Areas, California Department of Fish and Game
Susan Ashcraft is a Senior Marine Biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) and has been Supervisor of the CDFG Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Planning Project since 2006. In that capacity, Ms. Ashcraft and her staff support implementation of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) initiative, which is redesigning a network of MPAs along the California coastline through a regional planning process that is based on science and actively involves diverse stakeholders. Ms. Ashcraft has served as a biologist with the CDFG since 1997 in a variety of projects including commercial groundfish fishery monitoring, herring roe fishery management, and groundfish management as member and Chair of the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Management Team.
Leigh Belanger – Program Manager, Chefs Collaborative, and partner, Green Chefs, Blue Ocean: Culinary Training for Ocean-Friendly Seafood
As the program manager for Chefs Collaborative, Leigh heads up educational initiatives and partnerships aimed at making sustainability second nature for every chef in the U.S. Leigh recently led the publication of Seafood Solutions: A Chefs Guide to Sourcing Sustainable Seafood for Chefs Collaborative, and believes that broad-based coalitions are our best tool for advancing long-term sustainability in our food system and beyond. Leigh writes about food and restaurants for the Boston Globe and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Food Studies from Boston University.
Ted Bestor is a Professor of Social Anthropology and Japanese studies and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. He has written extensively on many aspects of life and culture in Tokyo. His most recent book, “Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World”, is an ethnography of the world's largest wholesale market for fresh and frozen seafood. Bestor’s next book, tentatively titled “Global Sushi”, will examine the global fishing industry, the popular culture of sushi, and the environmental crisis of over fishing. He is past president of the Society for East Asian Anthropology.
Doug has worked in fisheries for over 25 years, initially on resource assessment for European fisheries, 9 years representing the UK and European catching sector at the interface between fisheries science, fisheries management and the marine environment. Increasingly engaged with the supply chain and developing awareness of the complexities of fisheries management, his focus is on private sector participation in fisheries management.
Mr. B. Vishnu Bhat is the Director of the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) of the Government of India. He is a postgraduate in Fisheries Science (M.F.Sc.) and has undergone advanced training in the field of aquaculture in Japan and Thailand. He has 29 years of experience in various fields of fisheries and related activities, including 27 years service in the MPEDA. He has worked in the field of coastal aquaculture – especially shrimp and scampi – in addition to market access and export promotion. Mr. Bhat was elevated to the post of Director in 2006 after having worked as Joint Director, and Head, Aquaculture Division of MPEDA. His responsibilities include, among other things, policy directions for sustainable aquaculture development for export production, quality assurance, and development of processing infrastructure and value addition. He is a member of various Committees constituted by the Government of India and maritime State Governments on issues related to aquaculture, processing and quality assurance. Mr. Bhat has successfully co-coordinated the MPEDA - NACA Project on Shrimp Disease Control & Coastal Management. For the last few years he has coordinated the follow up program with NACA on implementation of BMP in the shrimp farming clusters by taking up demonstrations at farm, village and cluster levels. Mr. Bhat also worked as the nominee of MPEDA in the ACIAR/NACA/MPEDA/ICAR project on Application of PCR Technology for Better shrimp health Management in Asian countries. He has also been closely associated with the implementation of a FAO /TCP Project on Shrimp health management in Andhra Pradesh. Mr. Bhat has published a number of papers/articles in various magazines/journals on aspects related to fisheries / aquaculture.
Born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, Lindsey Bloom has worked as a commercial salmon gillnet fisherman for much of her adult life in Bristol Bay, Alaska. During the off-season, Bloom works to educate and inform fishing industry members, elected officials, other Alaskans, and wild salmon consumers around the country about Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery. Specifically, Bloom fights to protect Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble Mine. Bloom also serves on the United Fishermen of Alaska’s (UFA) Board, and through this position works to engage UFA in conservation issues that threaten Alaska’s salmon fisheries. Bloom recently completed a M.A. in non-profit management, with an emphasis on conservation-based salmon marketing.
With 30 years in the food sector, Michael led Frozen Fish International for Unlever and continues as a senior sustainability advisor to BirdsEye / Iglo. In his career he has been responsible for food science, production, technical operations etc. and is conversant will all aspects and perspectives of sustainability and responsible sourcing, from board level strategies to sourcing and manufacturing. A founding member of cross-sector partnerships in the whitefish sector, recognizing from an early stage the benefits of collaboration and participation, Michael brings personal and professional experience of the process, the practicalities of engagement and the need for robust and realistic policies.
Environmental Defense is a leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 500,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense has linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems. Oceans Enterprise provides analytical, financial and business expertise and tools needed to accelerate the pace fisheries reform and implementing sustainable fisheries. Bonzon works directly with our regional offices, fishermen and fishing communities to create sustainable fisheries. She researches and analyzes incentive-based approaches to managing fisheries resources, including catch share management, and is implementing pilot projects to achieve conservation, economic and social improvements. Bonzon helped conceptualize, design, and fundraise for the California Fisheries Fund and continues to consult on its implementation. Bonzon holds an M.S. (2002) in Earth Systems, concentration in Marine Conservation, and a B.S. in Human Biology, concentration in Global Environmental Ethics (2001), from Stanford University.
Chris Carey has worked in and around the fishing industry all his life. He holds a deep sea fishing vessel skipper’s ticket and is currently upgrading to 2nd Mate foreign going. Chris spent over 20 years working for the Amaltal Fishing Company of Nelson, NZ, as mate then skipper of four of their vessels, from the 35m fresh fisher Amaltal Voyager to the to the 67m Amaltal Enterprise, producing frozen hoki for worldwide distribution. In 2005 he became skipper of the 46m hoki fillet freezer factory trawler Independent 1. The vessel was renamed and re-registered as Al Mustaqila 1 in 2007 and became part of a 2 year stock assessment and flora and fauna classification/mapping project in the Oman EEZ. Chris worked with scientific staff from NIWA in New Zealand on this project. He is an active member of several working groups on operational and environmental issues affecting the fishing industry, including seabird interaction, catch sustainability and seabed/benthic issues. Chris is a member of Southern Seabird Solutions, which develops fishing techniques and gear to mitigate deaths of seabirds in long line fisheries. He has also worked with the NZ Deep Water Group on a successful offal management and warp mitigation programme and on the development of Codes of Practices. A member of FishSafe, which develops safe working practices and operates a mentoring programme within the fishing industry, Chris was runner up in 2006 in the annual WWF Smart Gear competition with a contraption to mitigate trawl warp strike at the stern of fishing trawlers.
Edward Cassano – Deputy Director, Center for the Future of the Ocean, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Ed is currently the Deputy Director of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Center for the Future of the Ocean (CFFO). As Deputy Director he is primarily responsible for the day-to-day operations of the CFFO. He leads the Aquariums Sustainable Seafood Initiative and provides strategic and operational guidance to the CFFO’s other lines of work. These areas of operation include ocean policy, science, outreach, communications, community advocacy and special projects. For 14 years he was a commissioned officer with the Department of Commerce, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, participating in many multi-disciplinary scientific missions and marine research programs concerned with fisheries and natural resource management (trawling, long-lining, marine mammal , sea bird research, and national marine sanctuary management). He opened and ran the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum as its Executive Director. He also served as Vice President, Exploration & Expeditions for the Ocean Futures Society, He later became Vice President of Programs and Exhibits at the Aquarium of the Pacific, which included oversight of the aquariums husbandry, education and exhibit departments.
Dr. Thierry Chopin was born and educated in France. He obtained his Doctorate from the University of Western Brittany, Brest, France. He moved to Canada in 1989 and is presently Professor in the Biology Department at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. As a member of the Institute for Coastal Marine Science and the Centre for Environmental and Molecular Algal Research, his work focuses on the ecophysiology and biochemistry of seaweeds of commercial value and the development of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) systems for environmental sustainability (biomitigation), economic stability (product diversification and risk reduction) and societal acceptability (better management practices).Dr. Chopin is the author of many academic and popular articles and has been feature in various magazine articles, newspapers/radio/TV interviews and documentaries. He is Past President of the Aquaculture Association of Canada and of the Phycological Society of America, and current President of the International Seaweed Association. He is an advisor to the International Foundation for Science, in Stockholm, and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Aquaculture International. Dr. Chopin is also Honorary Vice-Consul of France and Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques of France.
Leesa Cobb has been working as Port Orford Ocean Resource Team’s (POORT) Director for eight years. POORT is a community-initiated and inclusive ecosystem based management organization founded in 2001, focused on maintaining a sustainable fishery and healthy marine ecosystem in local nearshore waters and healthy upland watersheds. POORT seeks to combine the best science and experiential knowledge available to the community to make management decisions that: 1) sustain/improve the habitat and population base of fish; 2) provide high quality, high value seafood products to consumers; and 3) support the economic viability of Port Orford, Oregon. Leesa has also worked for for the Oregon Groundfish Disaster Outreach Program administered by Oregon State University and the Salmon Disaster Program administered by the Oregon Salmon Commission, helping commercial fishermen connect with agencies for services. Leesa lives on the Southern Oregon coast at Port Orford where she and her husband own and operate a commercial fishing business.
Hector Corrales has worked for Grupo Granjas Marinas in Honduras, a subsidiary of Sea Farms International, since 1990. He became the Operations Manager in 1994. Grupo Granjas Marinas is a vertically integrated shrimp farming operation that is committed to sustainable aquaculture. Mr. Corrales holds a Masters of Science in Animal Science from the University of Florida and has presented on sustainable shrimp farming at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the World Aquaculture Society conference. More recently, he is a participant of the WWF Shrimp Dialogues.
Dr. Stephen F. Cross – Associate Professor & Co-Director, Coastal Aquaculture Research & Training Network, University of Victoria
Dr. Cross received his M.Sc. at the University of Victoria in marine quantitative ecology and his Ph.D. at the Aquaculture Institute, University of Stirling (Scotland). Although primarily a private-sector research scientist (25 years), he is also an Associate Professor and Co-Director/Founder of the Coastal Aquaculture Research & Training (CART) Network at the University of Victoria where he was recently awarded a 5-year BC Innovation Award for Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture (SEA) system research and development. His developing research program focuses on the design and testing of Integrated, Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) systems as an organic, and ecological approach to coastal aquatic food production. He is applying his research in the development of western Canada’s first SEA-farm (Kyuquot SEAfoods Ltd.), which also serves as a research platform for his sustainable aquaculture research within the Pacific Region. Dr. Cross is a current Director (Science Advisory) on the boards of the BC Shellfish Growers Association, the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, and the Pacific Organic Seafood Association. He sits on the ICES Working Group on the Environmental Impacts of Mariculture (WGEIM), the International Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Systems (I-SEAS) North American collaborative research network, and the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) for pathway of effects of aquaculture. He also serves on aquaculture science review committees including the DFO Aquaculture Collaborative R&D Program, the BC Aquaculture R&D Committee, and the review panel for NSERC Strategic Grants.
Jason Davidson serves as Director of Food Operations for Crew Carolina, LLC, the management company for The Boathouse Restaurants, Carolina's Restaurant, Carolina Catering and Simply Southern Products. He is directly involved with restaurant purchasing, menu development and management among many other items. Davidson has worked over the last three and a half years to increase the restaurants involvement in sourcing products locally, by establishing and building relationships with food producers that will last for years to come. Davidson joined Crew Carolina as a sous chef with The Boathouse on East Bay and worked in that restaurant until March 2005 when he moved into his current post. Prior to his time with Crew Carolina, Davidson worked on the island of St. John in the USVI as a chef, spent three years in Oregon in various restaurants in Portland's vast and diverse restaurant scene and endured a summer on Nantucket Island as a Tap Room Chef at The Jared Coffin House. Davidson attended Ohio Wesleyan University and The College of Charleston. Jason currently lives in Charleston with his wife, Noël and two kids Evie and Jack, where they spend time at the beach and love being by the water.
Guy has been involved in the seafood Industry for over 22 years. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Marine Zoology. After graduating, he started his seafood career operating an independent salmon farm and hatchery on the west coast of Vancouver Island. He has worked on fishing vessels in Canada and Australia and was a commercial diver and harvester in Japan. Guy has worked for over 15 years in the primary processing side of the Canada’s west coast seafood industry -- including stints in production, sales and management. He is currently the vice president of Albion Fisheries Ltd. – the largest seafood distributor in Western Canada (distributing to both food service and retail) and is focused on procurement, brand development and sustainability initiatives.
Robert Dennill - Associate Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, ARAMARK
Rob Dennill serves as the Associate Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility and is responsible for business execution aspects of the corporate social responsibility platform within ARAMARK’s Domestic Food and Services Group. Prior to this position, Dennill served in a number of roles within the Social Responsibility Department of Gap Inc. in Southern Africa and at the company’s San Francisco headquarters. Those roles included factory monitoring, sourcing practices advocacy, external stakeholder engagement, departmental operations management, aspects of public reporting and in brand and product strategy.Previo usly, Dennill held various positions in civil engineering design and in civil and building construction in South Africa and the United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
As an ex-fisherman, Richard Draves spent many years at sea working in the pelagic (mid-water) trawl fisheries for Alaska Pollock and west coast Pacific whiting, as well as on longline vessels harvesting Pacific cod, halibut and sablefish, in fisheries off Alaska. He also served as a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) observer aboard Japanese and Russian vessels engaged in joint venture fishing operations within the US 200-mile zone. Prior to the phase out of foreign fishing and fish processing in the 1980s, Richard ran his own company, representing US fishermen involved in joint ventures with Japanese processing vessels Richard currently serves as Vice President of product development at American Seafoods Group, where he has worked for the past 16 years. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, it is the largest at-sea processing company in the US, with seven trawl catcher/processors participating in the Alaska Pollock, Pacific cod, yellowfin sole and Pacific whiting fisheries, plus longline catcher/processors harvesting Pacific cod. All of these species are certified, or in assessment, under the MSC programme. Richard has been heavily involved in catch monitoring and enforcement, and in fishery regulation compliance. American Seafoods has been at the forefront of promoting fish harvesting cooperatives, which run voluntary catch share programs developed at harvester level. He has also been involved in market aspects of promoting MSC-certified seafood products.
As a growing teenager, David Eli, combined schooling with the family’s fish processing business and also became a fish-monger at that early age. Fish processing and retailing are the preserve for females in his country but he was the first child of the single parent mother so there was a natural pressure on David to play a major role in the business. It was David’s dream to improve the fish smoking kilns of women processors, which led him to read Ceramics. David co-founded the Technical Services for Community Development (TESCOD), an NGO, in 1996 to assist fishers, especially women, in technology, policy and advocacy. He is a member of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) and the current chair of FoodSPAN which is a network of some 45 NGOs, faith based organizations, academia etc, working on food security, policy and advocacy in Ghana. Besides the numerous presentations David Eli has made at both local and international conferences and workshops he has produced a documentary on Child Labour in the Fisheries Sector in Ghana. He is currently working on a research on fish trade/ IUU and extension of fish processing technologies to other parts of West Africa.
Wes Erikson is a fourth generation fisherman in the Pacific Northwest and participates in the British Columbia Groundfish Individual Vessel Quota fishery in addition to 11 years of experience as a restaurateur. In 2005, he opened Sushi-Mon Bar and Grill in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia and he is the former co-owner of Yamato Japanese Restaurant in Courtenay B.C. with partner, friend and master chef Saturo Ogawa. With generations of experience in commercial fishing and a love for great food, especially Japanese, Wes is committed to select seafood from local fishermen who share our commitment to quality. This close tie to the fishing industry enables Sushi-Mon to have the best quality seafood from local fishermen. Wes and the staff can even tell you where, when and by whom it was caught! Local ingredients are used as much as possible for all menu items.
Juan Carlos Ferrer Echavarri was born in Santiago, Chile. He is an Industrial Engineer educated at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He has been involved in the fishing industry since the end of the 1980’s when he joined the Coloso group (Sociedad Pesquera Coloso S.A.) working in the commercial area.He is 47 years old, married and has 3 children.Back in the 80’s the main activity of the group was focused on fishmeal and a human consumption division was started th rough its subsidiary Pesquera San José S.A. Juan Carlos is currently the Commercial Vice President of Pesquera San José S.A., - a leading company in the manufacture and sales of canned and frozen marine products for human consumption in more than 60 countries worldwide. He has been responsible for the product development strategy from pelagic resources to human consumption within the overall company policy. He is also President of the Board of Exapesca S.A. which focuses on the commercialization and development of new uses for fish oil in Chile, especially in relation to EPA and DHA for human consumption. With more than 20 years developing different markets and products, Juan Carlos Ferrer is widely experienced in the use of pelagic resources for human consumption.
Dr. Dominique Gautier is a biologist from France specialized in aquaculture with a doctorate degree from Auburn University. Dr. Gautier has 18 years of experience working with private and public organizations on Research & Development and commercial projects in several countries of Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia. He is a specialist of shrimp farming and regularly serves on committees and expert panels addressing technical aspects of the aquaculture industry. He is currently heading environmental and social programs of Aqua Star Europe, a seafood importer and distributor, in charge of the development of production chains in compliance with environmental, social and technical standards. Dr. Gautier recently started working on building supply chains from small-scale farmers in cooperation with NACA.
Rebecca Goldburg is Director of Marine Science at the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Environment Group, where she is responsible for marine science funding, the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation, and related activities. Before joining Pew in October 2008, Goldburg was a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, a national nonprofit research and advocacy organization where she worked for twenty years. One of Goldburg’s major focuses was scientific and public policy issues concerning fish farming, especially issues concerning the massive use of wild caught fish in feed for farmed fish. Goldburg also worked to increase market demand for more sustainably produced seafood, including through partnerships with several major corporate purchasers of seafood. Goldburg served on the Marine Aquaculture Task Force, established by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Pew Charitable Trusts, which released recommendations concerning US aquaculture policy in January 2007. An author of numerous articles, Goldburg coauthored the Pew Oceans Commission's report on marine aquaculture. Goldburg’s past service also includes the Advisory Board to the Henry Luce Foundation’s Environment Program, the National Academy of Science's Committee on Genetically Modified Pest-Protected Crops and the USDA National Organic Standards Board. Dr. Goldburg has an A.B. in Statistics from Princeton University as well as an M.S. in Statistics, a Ph.D. in Ecology and Behavioral Biology, and an honorary Doctorate of Laws, all from the University of Minnesota.
Engineering Research at MIT Sea Grant, Goudey is a well-known researcher on technologies for working on and under the ocean, including development of low-impact, fuel-efficient fishing gear. He has found significant (and sometimes surprising) effects on fuel consumption and engine emissions that arise from choices of fishing equipment and fishery management approaches.
Paul is a writer living in Manhattan and Lake Placid, New York. His essays, articles and humor have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Op Ed Page, GQ, Vogue, and The Boston Globe Sunday Ideas Section. His 2005 New York Times Magazine article on Chilean Sea Bass received the International Association of Culinary Professionals' "Bert Greene Award" for excellence in food writing. He is currently at work on a book about seafood and the ocean that will be published by Penguin Press. He has appeared on public radio programs including "All Things Considered" and "The Leonard Lopate Show," Greenberg is also a fiction writer. His 2002 novel Leaving Katya (Putnam) was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and was compared by the New York Times' Richard Eder to the work of Henry James. In the last three years he has been a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow, and a writer-in-residence at the Bogliasco Foundation's Liguria Study Center near Genoa, Italy. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Mr. Greenberg ran international media production and training programs for the non-profit Internews Network. From 1992-1996 he was Internews' Director of Media Training where he supervised the professional education of young journalists at television stations throughout Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus. From 1996-1998 Mr. Greenberg was Internews' Director of Balkan Media Projects.
Amy Grondin has worked for thirteen years on boats in the Alaska Salmon industry as a buyer and micro-processor of wild salmon. Time on the water has given her a detailed understanding of the commercial fishing industry. When not fishing, she contracts as a Sustainable Seafood Consultant and Commercial Fishing Outreach Specialist. Her services are sought by fishermen, fishing communities and non-profit organizations that work with commercial fishing communities. Grondin gained an extensive knowledge of food systems from 22 years spent working in the restaurant industry. She often acts as a liaison between fishermen and culinary professionals seeking sustainable seafood sources and information on the politics of food. A long time member of Slow Food, she advocates for sustainable local food systems and has great concern for the sustainability of ocean resources.
Karl works with trawl fleets throughout Alaska and off the coast of Washington and Oregon to reduce bycatch through the sharing of fishing information. Karl analyzes data supplied by both federal fishery observers and vessel captains to define areas of the ocean that can be fished with the least amount of bycatch, and passes that information on to the fleet. The program has gradually expanded from avoiding salmon in the pollock fishery to avoiding crab, halibut, squid, herring and rockfish in a number of different trawl fisheries. Karl holds an M.S. in oceanography from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks and fished commercially for salmon in Alaska from 1982 – 2006.
Dr. Chris Harrold – Director of Conservation Research, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dr. Christopher Harrold is the Director of Conservation Research at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where he has worked since 1985. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. The focus of Chris' research has been marine ecology of nearshore and deep-sea marine ecosystems. He has conducted field work from the high intertidal zone to 2 miles below the surface of the ocean. He has logged more than 2000 hours of bottom time on SCUBA, participated in Russian and American manned submersible cruises and was chief scientist of 18 deep-sea unmanned submersible cruises. He has published scientific papers and book chapters on topics ranging from sea otter foraging ecology to the role of drift kelp in deep-sea communities. Dr. Harrold chairs the Sanctuary Advisory Council and the Research Activities Panel of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and is an adjunct scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
As the Oceans Campaign Director for Greenpeace USA, John Hocevar oversees the organization’s domestic lobbying, corporate engagement and public outreach efforts on oceans issues and works with international colleagues to achieve Greenpeace’s goal of keeping our oceans alive and healthy for future generations. Since joining Greenpeace in February of 2004, Hocevar has spearheaded numerous projects, including a groundbreaking research expedition to explore the world’s largest underwater canyons in the Bering Sea, efforts to protect fish species crucial to the survival of the Chesapeake Bay and Greenpeace’s trademark work to save the whales. Prior to his arrival at Greenpeace, Hocevar was involved in several environmental efforts including the Sea Turtle Nesting Project in Florida, Coral Cay Conservation in Belize, and as an environmental educator for Marine Science Under Sails in Florida. He also worked as an organizer for GreenCorps, the field training program for young environmental activists. Previously, Hocevar worked as a national organizer for INFACT, a corporate watchdog organization, and co-founded and served as Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet for eight years. Hocevar earned a bachelor’s degree in evolutionary ecology from the University of Connecticut in 1990 and a master’s degree in marine biology, focused on coral reef conservation from Nova Southeastern University, in 1993. He and his wife live in Austin, Texas, and he enjoys SCUBA diving and throwing darts in his free time.
Paul works with the private sector and market forces to develop practical solutions for achieving sustainable development and addressing environmental concerns, especially for marine areas and resources. His experience ranges from working with the global industry associations or directors of UN agencies to working with fishers in small island villages. He has been involved in resource conservation and sustainable use in over 30 countries in Asia, the Pacific, Central America and West Africa. Paul is founding Executive Director of the World Ocean Council, which brings together ocean business and industry to catalyze global leadership and pre-competitive collaboration in addressing shared marine environmental issues in support of improved business operations – creating a global inter-industry network of “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”. As a consultant on sustainable development and environmental management, Paul works with industry associations, UN agencies, international NGOs and foundations on sustainability, especially in the areas of oil/gas, fisheries, aquaculture, standards and certification. Past positions include: Deputy Director for the Global Marine and Coastal Program of IUCN - The World Conservation Union; founding Executive Director of the Marine Aquarium Council; Senior Officer in the Asia-Pacific Program of The Nature Conservancy; and Senior Program Officer of the UNEP South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
Teresa Ish builds partnerships with leading companies that harness industry's ability to innovate and create environmental improvements that are aggressive, yet feasible. She is currently leading Environmental Defense Funds's partnerships with seafood buyers to help them source more environmentally friendly farmed seafood by developing tough purchasing standards. As eco-labels for farmed seafood become more appealing to the aquaculture industry, consumers and seafood buyers, establishing environmentally rigorous standards for certification is increasingly important. Teresa works with leading seafood buyers and NGOs to push for strong standards for eco-certified farmed seafood grown with technology that is currently available. During her graduate work, Teresa co-founded Sustainable Fishery Advocates, whose flagship program, FishWise, works with seafood retailers to provide information to their customers on the health and environmental impact of the fish they sell. She served as the organization's Director of Science until joining the Environmental Defense team. Teresa also has an extensive background in capture fisheries as one of the co-authors of the stock and assessment for California sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) and a NOAA award winning paper on adaptive management of fishery resources. Teresa received her Masters of Marine Science from the University of California at Santa Cruz where she was a California Sea Grant Fellow and a member of the Center for Stock Assessment Research. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She sits on the Board of Directors for Sustainable Fishery Advocates.
Kozo Ishii joined the MSC in May 2007 as Programme Director Japan and is raising the awareness of and promoting the MSC program amongst key and target stakeholder groups in Japan. Ishii was educated at the National Fisheries University in Yamaguchi, Japan where he graduated in 1987 with a BSc in Fishery Science and Technology. After university, he worked in research and development section and purchasing section of food processing companies. In 1997, Ishii received his Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Policy in Bloomington, USA and became a senior research consultant at the International Development Center of Japan. There he was responsible for projects formulating regional development plans of developing countries – mainly responsible for environment and natural resource management.
Mathias Ismail was born in Madagascar, internationally educated in Europe and in the USA, Mathias ISMAIL had been directly exposed to the seafood industry and particularly Madagascan prawns for just 7 years, when he joined OSO, the premium Brand of Madagascan wild and organic prawns. Under Mathias’s leadership, OSO went vertical, investing in what has become the World’s very first Organic prawn farm, certified under France’s Official “AB Organic Label”. At the same time, Mathias made OSO invest in a sustainable Madagascan prawn fishing operation that currently operates 14 trawlers off the West coast of Madagascar. OSO has become today a fully vertical company from organic farming, fishing, marketing and distribution working directly with Europe key industry players such as Atlantys, Monoprix, Auchan, Continente, Carrefour and one of the most demanding in term of environmental sustainability, Marks & Spencer (UK). Mathias Ishmail graduated from Lyon Graduate School of Business (EM Lyon, France), he holds a Master Degree in Economics from Paris-La Sorbonne University (France) and holds an aircraft multi-engine, turbine, instrument rating, fixed wing certificate (FAA, USA). Mathias also holds an official position as “International Trade Advisor” for the French Government.
Dr. Andrew Jackson - Technical Director, International Fishmeal & Fish Oil Organisation
Andrew Jackson is currently the Technical Director of IFFO, a global trade organisation representing the fishmeal and fish oil industry and associated businesses with around 200 members in 40 countries. In this role he assists members with their technical issues as well as representing the industry at international conferences. His particular interests at the moment are the different markets for fishmeal and fish oil and the relative value the different markets place on these products, as well as their efficiency in utilising them. He is also working with a full value-chain advisory committee, which is developing a Code of Responsible Practice for the industry. This code should allow the industry to demonstrate both responsible sourcing of raw materials as well as good manufacturing practice and product safety. Before joining IFFO in 2006, Andrew, having obtained a PhD from Stirling University, worked for over 20 years in the salmon farming industry in a range of different positions in both Scotland and Chile, working most of the time for Marine Harvest, the world’s largest producer of farmed salmon. For a number of years he was also Chairman of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation which is the trade body for the largest aquaculture industry in the UK.
Dr. Jeremy Bradford Cook Jackson – William E. and Mary B. Ritter Professor of Oceanography and Director, Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Dr. Jackson is also a Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Jackson is the author of more than 100 scientific publications and five books. His current research includes the long-term impacts of human activities on the oceans, coral reef ecology, and the ecological and evolutionary consequences of the gradual formation of the Isthmus of Panama. Dr. Jackson is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and honorary degrees, including the Secretary's Gold Medal for Exceptional Service of the Smithsonian Institution in 1997, the UCSD Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering in 2002, and the International Award for Research in Ecology and Conservation Biology of the BBVA Foundation in 2007. Dr. Jackson’s work on overfishing was chosen by Discover magazine as the outstanding environmental achievement of 2001. He has served on committees and boards of the World Wildlife Fund US, National Research Council, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Yale University Institute of Biospheric Studies, and the Science Commission of the Smithsonian Institution.
Susan Jackson is the founding president of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), a nonprofit, non-governmental organization established in 2008 to help the seafood industry undertake science-based initiatives to maintain tuna populations and their ecosystems at sustainable levels of abundance. Prior to joining ISSF, Ms. Jackson was the vice president for government and industry relations and seafood sourcing for Del Monte Foods. Her responsibilities in this role included the conduct of government relations at the federal, state and local levels, as well as representing Del Monte to trade and industry associations. Ms. Jackson was also responsible for the purchase of all raw tuna and contracting of tuna co-pack manufacturing for Del Monte’s StarKist brand. Ms. Jackson brings mission-related experience and insight to her leadership role at ISSF based on her work helping StarKist to develop its sustainability policy for tuna sourcing and her membership on Del Monte’s task force for companywide sustainability initiatives. Ms. Jackson joined the H.J. Heinz Company in 1997 as an attorney in the company law department, managing litigation worldwide, North American employment law and general contractual issues for the StarKist business. In 2001, she became director, tuna procurement for StarKist. Del Monte Foods acquired StarKist in 2002, and Ms. Jackson gained additional responsibility for seafood sourcing and other procurement activities. Prior to her work with Heinz and Del Monte Foods, Ms. Jackson practiced law as a private litigator for seven years. Ms. Jackson graduated from The University of Notre Dame in 1986 with a B.S. in Economics and obtained her law degree from Duke University in 1990. She is married and has two children, a son and a daughter.
American Seafoods ranks among the largest integrated U.S. seafood companies and largest producers of Bering Sea pollock. The company operates trawl and longline catcher-processors. Jacobs has worked as Director of Government Affairs at American Seafoods since 1995, after serving as fleet manager since 1989. He is currently also President of the Pacific Whiting Conservation Cooperative and serves on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Panel. After earning a degree in biological oceanography (Humboldt State University), he began working in the North Pacific fishing industry in 1984, first as a NMFS fishery observer and then fleet coordinator in U.S./foreign joint venture fisheries prior to his employment with American Seafoods.
Gary Johnson serves as the Senior Director of Worldwide Supply Chain for McDonald's Corporation. A global leader specializing in protein, he develops the strategic direction for sourcing fish, which are supplied to more than 32,000 restaurants in 119 countries. Over 20 years of domestic and international McDonald’s experience. A native of Chicago, Johnson has lived and worked in Europe, where he led the development of McDonald’s supply chain and its expansion into 35 countries. In 2001, Johnson was appointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C., an acknowledgement of his expertise and knowledge of the latest trade trends in the food and agricultural sector as it relates to policy and commodity-specific products. He joined McDonald's in1986 after a significant career in the food retail industry. Johnson received his Bachelor of Science in Food Science from the University of Illinois and earned his Business Management degree from Elmhurst College.
Howard M. Johnson is president of H.M. Johnson & Associates, a United States consulting company specializing in the analysis of global seafood trends as well as market development, seafood planning, marketing, market research and publishing. His consulting clients include major U.S. government and international agencies, financial institutions, non-governmental organizations, leading seafood corporations and commodity marketing groups. Mr. Johnson has over 30 years experience in all facets of the seafood industry and for 14 years was editor and publisher of The Annual Report on the United States Seafood Industry, an authoritative reference on seafood trends. Mr. Johnson served for five years on the technical advisory board of the London-based Marine Stewardship Council, an independent non-profit organization promoting responsible fishing practices. He currently serves on the conservation committee of the Sea Change Investment Fund LLC, the advisory board of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program and is Senior Markets Advisor to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, a new non-governmental organization founded in 2006 to work with major seafood buyers and suppliers to facilitate improvements in fish-farming and capture fisheries.
Paul Johnson, from Berkeley, California, founded the Monterey Fish Market in 1979, a business that sells sustainably-captured and cultured seafood and promotes ocean conservation. Johnson is also a former chef and the coauthor of The California Seafood Cookbook. He recently released a new cookbook, Fish Forever: the definitive guide to understanding, selecting, and preparing healthy, delicious and environmentally sustainable seafood. In addition, Johnson currently serves on the advisory board of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program.
Nick Joy is Managing Director of small independent Scottish salmon farming company, Loch Duart Ltd. Based in Sutherland in the very North West of Scotland, Loch Duart is noted for its ethical approach to salmon farming which has earned the company top end customers in Europe and beyond. Nick is 51 and has 30 years experience in the Scottish salmon farming industry. A passion for fish started with happy boyhood days of angling and continued through a life of fish farming salmon and trout. He has always worked in the independent sector of the industry and vigorously promotes Loch Duart’s approach to sustainable farming. Under Nick's stewardship, the company has successfully implemented groundbreaking initiatives in fish welfare, site fallowing, water quality and fishmeal sustainability. Loch Duart was the first salmon farm in the world to achieve Freedom Food approval – and was the national winner in its category of the VIBES Award (Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland) in 2005. Gold Award winner of 'Best Food' in The Daily Telegraph 'Taste of Britain' Awards, Loch Duart has pioneered polyculture for many years – farmed indigenous sea urchins and seaweed, grown alongside the salmon.
Joel Kawahara has been a long-time commercial salmon fisherman in both Washington and Alaska. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the conservation group Save Our Wild Salmon, and is a member of the Washington Trollers Association. Kawahara has participated for many years in the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which is responsible for fisheries off of the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington, and currently serves on the Habitat Committee. He is also a vocal wild salmon advocate, having traveled to Washington D.C. multiple times to testify to Congress on wild salmon issues.
Kieran Kelleher has a background in biology and business studies and is the Fisheries Team Leader in the World Bank's Agriculture and Rural Development Department. He is also the manager of the World Bank's Global Partnership on Fisheries - PROFISH. The Partnership includes developing countries, leading bilateral donors to the fisheries sector and technical institutions such as FAO and is focused on improved governance of fisheries. Over the last 40 years he has worked in fisheries in more than 60 countries and spent most of his career living in developing countries. He has worked as a fisherman; as a manager of fish farms of processing plants and fisher cooperatives; as a fisheries scientist; and as economic advisor on fisheries to governments and international agencies. He is the author of global studies on discards, on aquaculture and on fisheries enforcement. He is the co-author of a study: The Sunken Billions. The Economic Justification for Fisheries Reform (www.worldbank.org/sunkenbillions) recently published by the World Bank and FAO.
Sam King has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of King’s Seafood Company, Inc. since its inception as University Restaurant Group in November 1983. From that time, King, his cousin and partner, Jeff King, and his management team have developed and operated restaurants, including five signature restaurants – 555 East Steakhouse, Ocean Avenue Seafood, i Cugini, Water Grill, and Lou & Mickey’s. In 1994, the team created the King’s Fish House/King Crab Lounge concept, which presently has 12 restaurants in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada, and will open its own seafood distribution company by December 2008. Sam also serves on various boards that include the Aquarium of the Pacific, and the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, and he is also the co-founder of the Sustainable Seafood Forum.
Dean of Kendall’s School of Culinary Arts since 2005, one of Chris Koetke’s first leadership acts was to set the culinary-arts school on the path toward ecological sustainability. Today, sustainability is woven throughout the curriculum and guides the school’s operational practices. He joined the Kendall team in 1998, serving first as a culinary instructor and later as associate dean, 2002 – 2005. Early in Koetke’s carrer, eager to expand his knowledge of fine cuisine, he traveled to France where he worked in some of the country’s finest kitchens: Pavilion Elysees, Pierre Gagnaire, Taillevent and Pierre Orsi. While there, he also made time for his second passion, wine. In Paris, he studied at L’Academie du Vin and with L’Association des Sommeliers de Paris. The last term of his European employment was spent honing his pastry skills at Patisserie Mage in Geneva, Switzerland. Upon his return to the United States, Koetke began a five-year tenure at the world-famous Le Francais in Wheeling, Ill. During this time, he finished third in the U.S. finals of the Bocuse d'Or culinary competition.
Klaas Jelle Koffeman comes from Urk in Holland, one of the country’s most important centers for the seafood industry. He runs the family fishing business, Geertruida BV, with his brothers. The company has four beam trawlers and Klaas Jelle is skipper of FD 281 Kornelis-Jan. The brothers are forward-thinking in their approach to the fishing industry and Klaas Jelle has been involved for many years in gathering catch data for researchers at IMARES, the Dutch scientific fisheries institute. He has also been taking part in research to reduce the volume of discards by inserting large square meshes at strategic places in his nets, and is achieving positive results. Klaas Jelle is currently seeking to minimize any impact to the benthos caused by beam trawling. This form of fishing is under severe pressure from green NGOs as it uses tickler chains on the ground to ‘wake’ the fish. New gear developed by Klass Jelle, which is under trial on the Kornelis-Jan, uses water turbulence to disturb the fish from the bottom, allowing them to swim into the nets. His company is also actively looking for ways to reduce fuel costs, which have become a major burden to industry. Trials have shown positive results and several long-term project concepts are being drawn up. Klaas Jelle is a board member of the British producers’ organization NSFO and since September 2008 has taken part in the beam trawl knowledge group. Financial and technical data of the participants in this group is compared and used to advise organizations and authorities.
Founder, President and CEO of Fishin’ Company, Manish Kumar has considerable expertise in the global seafood market and integrated trading (primary production to retail) from long established companies to hugely successful start-ups. A long-standing awareness and participation in seafood sustainability, experience of both theoretical aspects and the practical implementation of responsible sourcing, Manish brings breadth and depth to the debate and is able to reflect the many changes facing the whitefish market, including the need for engagement, a partnership approach and the requirements to achieve certification.
Leonardo LaRosa comes from an ancestry of several generations of commercial fishermen. At 10 years of age his dad took him on his first fishing trip to Georges Bank. Subsequent decades of directly observing the boom and bust of the precious resource gives him a unique perspective and respect for fisheries preservation. While traveling the world as a High Technology engineer, his heritage always drew him to the fishermen, fishing ports and markets. While working and living in Japan, several Tsukiji live lobster distributors challenged him to develop a shipping method for shipping live lobsters to Japan with less than 1% mortality. He founded Rose Seafood Industries (RSI). The company developed shipping systems to maintain the quality of live lobsters shipped from the wholesale level. It soon became clear that quality dramatically improved when lobsters were handled and shipped directly from the fishermen. For twenty years RSI has been working with fishermen, retailers and distributors in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia in designing and developing shipping, holding and transport systems to preserve lobster health and extend retail shelf life. This vision and mission have yielded multiple patents around the world for preserving the health and humane treatment of American and Spiny/Rock lobsters while reducing resource waste and improving profitability at both ends of the distribution chain. Leonardo’s experience as VP of Operations for a large Canadian lobster processor has also provided insight as to how live lobster handling affects the lobster quality, yields and processing costs. Global hands-on experiences and a close-up view of a fishing industry collapse have been the driving force in developing methods, systems and communication techniques to preserve and sustain a precious resource for the benefit of the animal, fishermen, retailers and consumers.
Daniel Lee is an aquaculture specialist with particular expertise in the design, implementation and management of new projects. He has worked mainly on the farming and captive reproduction of crustaceans, most notably marine shrimp, covering numerous research and commercial projects in South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. He is multilingual and has gained an international reputation as a proponent and expert in the aquaculture field through the publication of the textbook Crustacean Farming, Ranching and Culture and through his work with two newly formed NGOs - the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and the Aquaculture Certification Council. He has assisted in the development of international codes of practice and standards for responsible aquaculture, with special regard to food safety, traceability and environmental and social issues. A marine biology graduate from Bangor University, UK, he subsequently gained his MSc in project analysis, finance and investment at the University of York. He currently manages aquaculture research projects at Bangor University and is the Coordinator for the GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices program.
George Leonard’s goal as the Director of Aquaculture for Ocean Conservancy is to ensure that U.S. aquaculture develops under strong environmental standards. In particular, his work is currently focused on legislative activities surrounding the development of open ocean aquaculture in state and federal waters. For the previous five years, he was the Senior Science Manager for Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, where he was responsible for overseeing the research and analysis of capture fisheries and aquaculture practices related to the development of sustainability recommendations for the public and businesses. These recommendations were presented in the form of regional, wallet-sized pocket guides for consumers as well as sourcing guidance for major seafood buyers. Before joining Seafood Watch in early 2002, he was the Program Manager for COMPASS (the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea) where he helped communicate emerging marine conservation science to policymakers, NGOs and resource managers.
Kristofor Lofgren, 26, is the creator and owner of Bamboo Sushi, the first certified, sustainable sushi restaurant in the United States, located in Portland, Oregon. At 23, Kristofor co-founded the critically acclaimed Japanese restaurant, Masu East, which he has managed successfully since 2007. Since receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Kristofor is now pursuing his M.B.A. in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management in San Francisco. As a dedicated “ecopreneur”, he views business as the optimal platform to quickly affect widespread environmental change. Kristofor has always considered Portland a second home, having come to visit family frequently over the last fifteen years. Therefore, it seemed only natural when he made Portland his home two years ago. Kristofor has become increasingly impressed with the high level of social and environmental awareness in the area. This, coupled with Portland’s wonderful and burgeoning culinary scene made it the best choice for beginning such an innovative new venture. In creating Bamboo Sushi, Kristofor hopes to educate consumers on the importance of making conscientious decisions about their food choices and the direct impact those choices have on the health of our planet. Kristofor’s ultimate goal is to develop a new model for sustainability in the restaurant industry – creating a system of checks and balances to ensure transparency and accountability – which he hopes will be adopted by other business owners, thereby achieving even greater change.
Bornin Florida, MacLean grew up in San Diego, Californiaandstarted fishing while attending Sonoma State College as an Art Major. Currently, MacLean resides in El Granada, California-across the street from Pillar Point Harbor. MacLeanserved asVice President of Half Moon Bay Fishermen's Marketing Association from 1987 thru 1994 and has been Presidentsince 1995. He has alsobeen the California Salmon Troll Advisor to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council from 1991 to present as well asa member of the Councils Ad hoc Marine Reserve Committeefrom 2000 to 2005.MacLean has also beena member of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission's Tri-State Dungeness Crab Committee 1993 to 1997 and 2008 (current). He is also on the board of Directors for Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations and the Alliance of Communities for Sustainable Fisheries.He is the owner, operator, non-linear thinker of the fishing vessel Barbara Faye. While MacLean fishes primarily for Pacific salmon (Washington, Oregon, California) and Dungeness crab(California, Oregon), he has also fished forking crab in Alaska, albacore, sablefish, halibut, and trawled for groundfish (California) over the course of his fishing career.
APA is a trade association composed of six member companies that own and operate 19 U.S.-flag trawl catcher/processor vessels operating in the Alaska groundfish fisheries, principally the Alaska pollock fishery certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Stephanie has been involved in the Bering Sea groundfish fisheries since moving to Dutch Harbor, Alaska in 1980. She was appointed to serve on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which manages the Alaska groundfish, crab and halibut fisheries. Stephanie became the first woman chair of the North Pacific Council in 2003, a position she held until the expiration of her term in 2007. Stephanie also served on the Council’s stakeholder advisory panel, including serving as vice chair of the panel. She currently chairs the Council’s Ecosystem Committee and is a Commissioner for the Pacific States Fisheries Commission. Prior to joining APA, Stephanie worked for the Pacific Seafood Processors. Stephanie has lived in Alaska for 35 years; she currently resides in Juneau.
Chris Mann is a senior officer with the Pew Environment Group, the environmental program of the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he directs projects on aquaculture, management of forage fisheries, and ocean governance reform. He joined the Trusts with more than 20 years of experience in marine policy and science. Prior to joining the staff of the Trusts, he was executive director of the Marine Aquaculture Task Force, a project of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with support from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Lenfest Ocean Program. The Task Force brought together leaders in aquaculture, conservation, marine science and policy to recommend national standards for sustainable aquaculture in marine waters of the United States.Chris was Ocean and Coastal Policy Director for the Pew Oceans Commission, where he oversaw the Commission’s work on ocean governance and coastal development. He managed legislative affairs on international environmental and economic issues at the State Department. Before moving to the State Department, he worked for the House of Representatives on marine resources conservation and management, first for the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries and later for the Committee on Resources. Chris received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and attended the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, where he conducted research on marine zooplankton ecology and behavior.
Mark Marhefka is a commercial snapper-grouper fisherman from South Carolina. Marhefka followed in the footsteps of his father and started commercial fishing at a young age. After deciding to pursue a “real job” he moved to North Carolina to work for an engineering firm. He soon realized he belonged on the water, moved to the South Carolina coast and bought his boat, the Amy Marie. In 2007, Marhefka opened a wholesale seafood business called Abundant Seafood and began marketing his own fish to local chefs. His long-term goal is to open a seafood market with customers and chefs could stop by and handpick their fresh, local seafood. Marhefka plans to encourage his children to pursue careers in the fishing industry, and is thus committed to sustainable seafood. He takes an active role in fisheries management with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and currently serves as the chairman of the Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel. Mark lives in Charleston with his wife Kerry, children Rebecca and Benjamin and dog Ballyhoo.
Dr. Murdoch McAllister – Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Fisheries Assessment and Statistics, University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre
Chefs Collaborative board member Joe Mc Garry has been an executive chef for the Bon Appetit Management Company in Portland, Oregon for the last eight years. He is currently the regional chef for Bon Appetit’s cafes which provide meals for 18,000 employees on the Intel campuses in Oregon, Washington, and Utah. He works with Bon Appetit’s chefs to establish a connection between their customers and local sustainable farms by featuring seasonal To encourage the future of the sustainable movement, Joe spends time with local high school students through the Oregon Mentors and the Oregon Restaurant Education Foundation’s Pro Start, a high school hospitality education program. By breaking the philosophy down to its simplest form, "local is better", he strives to plant the seed of sustainability in the minds of the next generation of Northwest chefs.
Aaron McNevin is an Aquaculture Specialist for World Wildlife Fund. He has been part of WWF’s Aquaculture program for 4 years helping to build the Aquaculture Dialogue efforts. He has organized, coordinated and participated on the steering committee of the Tilapia Aquaculture Dialogue (TAD). The TAD with the help of a multitude of stakeholders has released the first and only ISEAL compliant set of aquaculture standards in the world. Additionally, he sits on the steering committee of the Freshwater Trout Aquaculture Dialogue (FTAD) and is involved in the newly launched Seriola/Cobia Aquaculture Dialogue (SCAD). Aaron also works with the American Red Cross and assists WWF-Indonesia’s Aceh Program Office with the Humanitarian Partnerships for green reconstruction post 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Maarten Mens was born and raised in The Hague, Holland. He has worked for the Dutch Fish Product Board since 1993 and as Head of the Department of Trade and Quality for the past seven years. Part of his work involves representing the Dutch industry in discussions and negotiations with governments, NGOs and other organisations. Acting as a representative for wholesalers, processors and small retailers, (Holland has a surprisingly large number of fish mongers) he is one of the main spokespersons in the field of hygiene, food safety, and for the past two years, sustainability. Maarten also acts as secretary of the Visfederatie, the Dutch Federation of Fish Wholesalers and Processors. The Visfederatie is represented in the AIPCE, the European federation, where Maarten is the Dutch representative in the Food Law working group.
Velo grew up in the seafood industry – his father was owner of San Diego’s People’s Fish Market and his uncles were California tuna fishermen. However, taking a different tact from his family he spent 20 years in the Coast Guard pulling fishermen - rather than fish - from the ocean. He took a break from the sea and worked as a journalist in Hong Kong for several years - pre and post handover – and has lived in London for the past ten years, serving as deputy editor for Fishing News International before moving over to FFI. Velo is a huge supporter of fish farming, seeing it the world’s most sustainable source of animal protein, but supports just as well polices from the WWF and GAA in setting up standards and reining in offenders. He has a BA in Journalism from San Francisco State University and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College, London.
Dr. C.V. Mohan – Coordinator of Aquatic Animal Health Program, Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific (NACA)
Dr Mohan received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK in 1990 in the field of aquatic animal pathology. Since 1982, he has been involved with aquatic animal health teaching and research at the College of Fisheries, Mangalore, India. In December 2000, Mohan became Professor of Fish Pathology at the same institute. Since March 2003, Dr Mohan has been working in the Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific (NACA) based in Bangkok, as the Coordinator of Aquatic Animal Health Program, managing the regional aquatic animal health program in 21 countries of the Asia-Pacific region. He works closely with member governments, FAO, OIE and other regional and international organizations to promote better aquatic animal health management in the region. His work helps member countries develop and implement national aquatic animal health management strategies and comply with regional and international agreements and standards related to aquatic animal health. His expertise includes fish and shrimp pathology, epidemiology, surveillance and risk management. He has over 25 years of teaching, research and development experience in aquatic animal health and has authored and coauthored over 60 papers in peer reviewed international journals.
Jack Morales is an aquaculturist and socio-economist by profession. He finished his doctoral degree in Aquaculture from the University of Stirling, UK. At present he is currently working with an NGO – Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. As Aquaculture Program Director, he leads the overall program related to aquaculture improvement partnership. The bulk of his work now is focused on three main aquaculture species such comparison of the different Tilapia standards, assessing environmental impact of pangasius farming and understanding the certification process for the Asian farmed shrimp. Jack from the Philippines and is based in Manila, Philippines. Jack has extensive experience in freshwater aquaculture in Southeast Asia particularly regarding tilapia and other self-recruiting species.
Rosamond Lee Naylor is the William Wrigley Senior Fellow at the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Woods Institute of the Environment at Stanford University, and the Director of Stanford’s Program on Food Security and the Environment. Naylor received her B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, her M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics, and her Ph.D. in applied economics from Stanford University. Her research focuses on the environmental and equity dimensions of intensive crop and animal production, encompassing food, feed, and fuels. Naylor has been an author on a number of interdisciplinary science and policy papers on intensive aquaculture, and she has been engaged in multi-stakeholder discussions on emerging legislation at the California state and federal levels. Her ongoing work with colleagues from Stanford and other institutions on alternative feed strategies and modeling waste flows from open netpens is designed to help inform the legislative process for both near-shore and offshore aquaculture in the U.S. At Stanford, she is on the faculty for the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Environment and Resources (IPER) and she teaches courses on the World Food Economy, Sustainable Agriculture, and Climate and Agriculture. Naylor was named Fellow in the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program in Environmental Sciences in 1999 and Pew Fellow in Conservation and the Environment in 1994. She is on the advisory committee the Pew Charitable Trust’s Pew Fellows Program and the COMPASS program.
Sean Nepper is the Director of Research and Technical Services for Troutlodge Inc. He has been involved in new technologies in rainbow trout culture and has recently expanded into research on marine species within the Troutlodge Marine division. Current research efforts at Troutlodge include a strong focus on the genetic variability for utilization of plant proteins and lipids in rainbow trout stocks for growth and reproduction. Troutlodge is also exploring the use of alternate proteins in aquaculture feeds for severalother high-value marine species.
Alex Ocampo, is CEO of Alpesca group, one of the most successful Argentinian seafood companies; catching and processing Hake for the global market. He has supported the work of the MSC, is familiar with certification requirements - managing seafood resource for the present with a focus on the future. His experience encompasses all aspects of seafood sourcing from the deck of fishing vessels, managing fleet operations, control and compliance, marketing through to the requirements of trade associations, including representation and participation within international fisheries management policy and fora. In essence, the building blocks required to address the sustainability agenda.
Paco Padilla has 10 years of experience in cage fish farming, five of them developing aquaculture research projects for the Spanish government, including farming in offshore conditions and exploring new aquaculture species. He is currently running an offshore farm on the Spanish Atlantic coast, mainly growing bass and oysters.
Arun is an aquaculture specialist and is a regular consultant to FAO, NACA and The World Bank Group. He has graduate and post-graduate degrees in fisheries and aquaculture science from the College of Fisheries, Mangalore, India. And presently he is a part-time Ph.D. scholar in Deakin University, Australia. During the last nine years of his professional career he worked on aquatic epidemiology, extension, better management practices and cluster farm management in small-scale shrimp farming and development of rural livelihoods. He is also specialized in post-disaster and post-conflict aquaculture rehabilitation and development activities. For the last three years he has worked in tsunami-affected Aceh, Indonesia.
Based in Homer, Alaska since 1975, Alan Parks is a commercial fisherman, professional photographer and conservationist. He fishes halibut in the Gulf of Alaska and salmon in Bristol Bay. Alan has worked for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council as the community outreach coordinator since 2000. The Homer City Council appointed him chair of their Global Warming Task Force and subsequently passed a Climate Action Plan. Currently he is doing outreach & education on ocean acidification in coastal Alaska, using the Homer Climate Action Plan as a model for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Corey works as the aquaculture scientist for the David Suzuki Foundation in Vancouver, Canada. He has been working on the issue of sustainable aquaculture for the past 8 years. He has participated in multi-stakeholder negotiations on developing sustainability standards for the farming of salmon, tilapia, shrimp, and catfish. Corey worked for the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program where he was involved in making sustainability assessments of aquaculture species (tuna, shrimp, yellowtail, etc.) and played a role in helping shape US federal and California state legislation for aquaculture production. Corey has a master’s degree in Marine Conservation Ecology from the University of Victoria where he studied the impacts of sea lice transfer from salmon farms on the health of juvenile salmon in British Columbia. During his master’s project, Corey participated in many aspects of the controversial sea lice debate in BC including government and industry forums, presenting to local community groups, and working with the media.
Dr. Michael Phillips – Environmental Specialist and R & D Program Manager, Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific (NACA)
Dr. Michael Phillips has been working on environmental issues on Asian aquaculture for over two decades and specialized in environmental effects of aquaculture. In recent times he has been involved in tsunami rehabilitation work for fish farmers in Aceh, and also played a major role in developing the “International Principles for Responsible Shrimp Farming” which received the “Green Award” by the World Bank in 2006.
Nguyen Thanh Phuong is a senior staff member of the College of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Can Tho University, Viet Nam. He completed his doctoral degree from the National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France. He has more than 20 years experience in aquaculture research, teaching and development. He has been involved in a number of projects with different disciplines and has also provided consultations to international and local projects conducted in Viet Nam, especially in the Mekong Delta. He has authored and co-authored more than 60 papers published in national and international peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. Dr. Phuong has focused his research on hatchery and production systems for various species such as black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon), giant freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) and Pangasiid catfishes. He is also one of a few key people who are working on catfish nutrition and feeding in Viet Nam. Dr. Phuong is the lead coordinator of the work being implemented by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership in assessing the environmental impact of pangasius farming in the Mekong River.
David Pilling became the Asia Editor of the Financial Times, based in Hong Kong, from September 2008. He writes a weekly column on Asian business, finance and politics and oversees the network of the newspaper and website from Afghanistan to Australia. Before that he was the FT’s bureau chief in Tokyo from 2002, overseeing coverage of Japan and writing for the paper and for FT.com on the macro-economy, foreign policy, politics and a wide range of social issues. Pilling joined the Financial Times in 1990 when he was recruited to the international desk in London. He subsequently worked as a correspondent in Chile and Argentina (1993-1996), as deputy features/comment editor in London (1997-98) and as global pharmaceuticals and biotechnology correspondent (1998-2001), also based in London. Before joining the FT, he worked for Africa Economic Digest and Screen International. He holds an MA Cantab degree in English (with a subsidiary in Russian) from Cambridge University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism from London’s City University.
Dr. Mark Powell – Vice President for Sustainability Partnerships, Ocean Conservancy
Mark leads Ocean Conservancy’s sustainable seafood program, which emphasizes recruiting interested seafood businesses and individuals to help in rebuilding unsustainable fisheries. Mark also led Ocean Conservancy’s fish conservation program throughout the U.S. from 2001-2008. Before coming to Ocean Conservancy in 1999, Mark was the president of his own consulting firm that specialized in salmon and watershed protection and restoration. He has worked as an assistant professor of marine sciences at the University of Connecticut, and as a postdoctoral researcher at the Hopkins Marine Station and the Bodega Marine Laboratory, with a focus on how ocean animals respond to stressful habitat conditions. Dr. Powell earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego while working at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Dawn Purchase joined the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) in 2003 and has worked on all aspects of the Fisheries Programme. She has focused on mariculture since 2005 and developed the MCS Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fish Farming. This document sets out MCS definitions and guidelines for best environmental practice for UK marine finfish farming. MCS Mariculture programme includes representing NGOs on the Ministerial Working Group for Aquaculture,the Aquaculture Expert Working Group at the EU Commission, the International Fishmeal and FishOil Technical Advisory Committee, the BSI standards committee, advising retailers on farmed fish procurement policies, raising consumer awareness on the environmental aspects of fish farming and ongoing research into best environmental practice for the future of aquaculture. Dawn also undertakes a regular programme of industry hands on experience. She began her career at MCS by working on MCS sustainable seafood initiatives and launched the Fishonline website and pocket Good Fish Guide in August 2004.Dawn has been FisheriesProgramme Coordinator since May 2008. Dawn graduated in 2003 with an MSc in Coastal Zone Management from Bournemouth University, previous to her first degree in Geology with Biology Dawn had 12 years business experience.
Born and raised in a small village on the coast of Maine, Sara has been workingto promote and protect sustainable fisheries and traditional coastal communities for the past seven years. She is the Program Director for the Institute for Fisheries Resources, where she oversees the Institute's programs that establish alliances among fishing men and women, government agencies, and concerned citizens to protect fish populations and restore aquatic habitats.In 2004, after seeing fishing men and women frustrated by their lack of a national voice, Sara was inspired to help create a national coalition of fishermen, the Commercial Fishermen of America (CFA). As a national organizer for CFA, Sara works to bring fishermen together to address problems facing the fishing community. She was appointed by the State of California to serve on a committee to improve maritime safety in San Francisco bay following an oil spill in 2007. She is also a co-founder of the Salmon Aid Festival, a two-day concert designed to raise awareness about the plight of wild salmon on the west coast.
Hugh Raven is Director in Scotland of the Soil Association – the UK’s leading sustainable food and farming campaigning NGO. The Soil Association, through its commercial subsidiary, is one of the world’s largest organic certifiers. Since 2003 Hugh has directed the Soil Association’s work on aquaculture – focusing mainly on developing organic standards. He is a Commissioner for Scotland for the Sustainable Development Commission, advising the Prime Minister and First Ministers of the devolved nations, and Environment Advisor to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation - the UK's largest environment grant-making trust. He is a trustee of the Corrour Trust (www.corrour.co.uk), a Director of his family's land management business, Ardtornish (www.ardtornish.co.uk), and a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Board to Scotland’s rail operator, Scotrail. In 2007 he ended a three-year term on the board of Scottish Natural Heritage. He was formerly environment adviser to the UK Foreign Secretary, a Parliamentary candidate, chair of the Lochaber Fisheries Trust, a trustee of the RSPB, and a member of the BBC's Rural and Agricultural Affairs Advisory Committee. He divides his time between Edinburgh and Argyll.
Dr. Michael Rust – Program Manager, Aquaculture Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Northwest Fisheries Science Center
For over 25 years, Dr. Rust has worked in fisheries and aquaculture both in developing countries such as the Philippines and Haiti and in developed countries such as Norway, Canada, and the United States. He has degrees from the University of Colorado (Environmental Biology – BS), University of California, Davis (Animal Science – MS and International Agricultural Development – MS), and the University of Washington (Fisheries – PhD). Dr. Rust is currently the program manager for the Aquaculture Program at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center. His work is focused on various aspects of physiology, nutrition, and reproduction of marine organisms.
Karol was born and educated in Edinburgh, Scotland and grew up working in the families Polish delicatessen. Karol joined Johnson Seafarms in 2002 as Marketing Director. Witnessing firsthand the financial crisis affecting the salmon industry at the time, he recognized the future potential of farmed cod. Developing a farmed cod project, Karol secured some $40m in development / equity based funding and led a management buyout of the company. Karol then went on to transform Johnson Seafarms from a traditional family-owned producer of salmon into a modern, pioneering aquaculture company. With a contemporary, environmentally focused approach to marketing he developed what was to become one of the most high profile and pioneering brands in Seafood, No Catch. Karol has won many awards in recognition of his contribution to aquaculture and seafood marketing, including a nomination for International Seafood Personality of the Year 2007 and the Crown estate award for Entrepreneurial Initiative. In 2007 following the demise of No Catch, in no small part due to the global credit crunch, Karol formed “See Green” to continue promoting his unique brand of consumer focused, environmentally aware seafood marketing. Recognizing the pressing need to develop aquaculture in a direction both commercially and environmentally fit for the future and taking onboard lessons learnt developing cod farming with No Catch. Karol is CEO and a major shareholder in “Cobia Brazil”. This Salvador based project is developing commercial scale, land based recirculation facilities specifically for cobia production. Karol is also a “Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts” (FRSA).
Greg Schneider is from Texas, where he received a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa (1976). He holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at UT (1990) with a major in economics and international market integration dynamics. Mr. Schneider moved to the Washington DC area in 1991 to begin his career at the U.S. International Trade Commission followed by stints at the Office of the U.S Trade Representative (USTR) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris (1995-97). Since 1998, Mr. Schneider has been the senior international trade specialist at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in Silver Spring MD where he represents NMFS at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, the OECD and the World Trade Organization, among other intergovernmental organizations. Mr. Schneider is past Chair of the FAO Subcommittee on Fish Trade and has held numerous leadership positions on U.S. delegations to international meetings. He led the U.S. delegation to the OECD Committee for Fisheries for about five years before becoming Chair of the Committee in 2005. Mr. Schneider was reelected as the Chair of the OECD Committee for Fisheries in October 2008 for a second three-year term.
Jason has been fishing for 20 years and holds a skippers unlimited foreign going ticket. He currently skippers and operates two dedicated whitefish trawlers, the Viking Monarch K58 and the Norlantean II K508. Jason fishes the waters around the UK, Faeroes, Rockall and Norway for species including haddock, saithe and monkfish. He processes and markets quality seafood through his Orkney based factory. Jason is a keen supporter of the sustainable fishing movement, a member of the Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme, and an active participant in the Fishing for Litter scheme in the North Sea. This scheme encourages fishermen to collect plastic and other recyclable waste found in their nets and to return it to collection points ashore. He is also a member of the Orkney Fisheries Association, which leads the world with its lobster hatchery and North Sea restocking program. Over the past few years Jason has seen a number of important changes take place within Scotland that are encouraging the entire industry to fish in a more sustainable manner. These include the Conservation Credits Scheme, launched in February 2008, which aims to help protect cod stocks through the introduction of a variety of conservation measures including voluntary closed areas and use of new fishing gear. Skippers are also trialing technical measures such as newly designed nets and different mesh sizes, to help them avoid catching young fish.
In this role, Dr. Scholz manages a variety of projects that link the social, economic and ecological systems of the bioregion. Scholz oversees a staff of thirteen that is responsible for Ecotrust's analytical, technical and interactive map-making capacities. She also works at Ecotrust as an ecological economist and consults with numerous natural resource organizations, government agencies and businesses. Scholz is an affiliate faculty member of Oregon State University’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, and is the co-editor of a book on integrated marine geographic information systems, Place Matters. She serves on the boards of the Pacific Marine Conservation Council, Habitat Media and the Living Oceans Society, and is a member of the Science Advisory Team to the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative in California. She received her M.A. in Economics and Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews, her M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Bristol, and her Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jonathan Shepherd is a veterinarian with a PhD in aquaculture economics. After an initial academic career, he started his own aquaculture consultancy firm. Thereafter he held a series of senior posts in Unilever, Peter Hand and Norsk Hydro connected with fish farming, pharmaceuticals, and feed manufacture. Prior to joining IFFO as Director General in 2004, Jonathan was Group Managing Director of the Danish-based fish feed company, BioMar.
Neil Anthony Sims is a marine biologist who has dedicated his professional and educational life to the sea. Sims is the President and co-founder of Kona Blue; President and co-founder of The Ocean Stewards Institute, an open-ocean aquaculture trade association; and Vice-President/Research Director for Black Pearls, Inc., Kona Blue's original parent company. Based at the Natural Energy Laboratory (NELHA), a state-funded ocean science and technology park in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Black Pearls was involved in pearl oyster hatchery and pearl farm development work; Kona Blue later spun off as a separate limited liability company and raises Kona Kampachi®, a Hawaiian yellowtail, in the open ocean off the coast of Kona. Prior to co-founding Kona Blue and Black Pearls, Sims served in several research and consulting capacities around the globe. He specialized in feasibility, operation, development and environmental impact of pearl farms and hatcheries in the South Pacific, Middle East and Australia. Since 1993, Sims has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 30 federal or state research grants and contracts, worth over $4.2 million. Since 1988, Sims has published dozens of papers and reports on offshore cage culture and pearl oysters.
Hector Soldi initiated his naval career in the Peruvian Naval Academy in 1969 and graduated in 1973. Since early in his career he was attracted by Ocean Research, and specialized in Hydrography. He then obtained as a Lieutenant a Ms. in Oceanography from the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey in 1981. The occurrence of the extraordinary “El Niño” of 1982-83 and its impact in Peru marked his career as an oceanographer in the Navy. He devoted a large part of his effort to understand the climate variability of the South East Pacific and specifically the generation and evolution of El Niño in the Pacific Ocean and its impacts in the coast of Peru. He witnessed and participated in the enormous scientific and technological effort of the international community towards monitoring understanding and predicting El Niño after the big events on 1982-83 and 1997-98. He participated in numerous national and international efforts to apply the predicting tools of El Niño to mitigate the impacts of El Niño in the region and in Peru. During that period, he was the national representative of Peru to the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC) were many of the international scientific programs on El Niño were developed and coordinated. In 2000 he was promoted to Admiral and as head of the Hydrographic Office of Peru. As such he coordinated an ambitious plan to upgrade the capacity of Peru to forecast and monitor El Niño with a loan from the World Bank. In 2002 he was named Dean of the Naval Academy in Peru and in 2005 he retired from the Navy. Since 2006 he is the President of the Board of the Peruvian Fisheries Research Institute (Instituto del Mar del Perú - IMARPPE). As such, he is the national focal point for the MRCWG of APEC.
As a California urchin diver since 1975 and a leader in Santa Barbara’s urchin fleet, Steele has been speaking and writing articles about ocean acidification and the need to reduce CO2 emissions to protect oceans and fisheries. He is also exploring avenues to trim emissions from the urchin fleet itself, including a novel proposal for a biodiesel-fueled tender vessel that could significantly cut fossil fuel consumption by urchin dive vessels. In conservation, management, and marine policy forums, Steele has served on the California Sea Urchin Commission, the California Department of Fish and Game’s Sea Urchin Advisory Committee and its Marine Resources Committee, on the Sea Grant Living Marine Resources Committee, and as a representative for various Santa Barbara sea urchin organizations, among other roles.
Mark brings 15 years of experience in conservation from the private sector, non-profit world and Capitol Hill. Mark started his conservation career working for Congressman David Skaggs of Colorado, then worked for an environmental consulting firm before joining WWF for the first time in 1996. He worked in WWF’s Africa and Madagascar program and Wildlife and Contaminants program from 1996-2000. Since 2000, Mark has worked on Antarctic fisheries and IUU (illegal, unreported, and unregulated) fishing with the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition and most recently with the National Environmental Trust. Markcoordinates WWF's overlapping market and policy efforts on major global fisheries, with a focus on tuna fisheries.
Dr. Rohana Subasinghe – Senior Aquaculture Officer, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, UN Food and Agriculture Organization
Rohana Subasinghe is a Senior Aquaculture Officer at the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of FAO. He is specialized in aquaculture development and aquatic animal health management. He has worked in all parts of the world, with most experience in Asia. He is responsible for many projects on aquaculture and aquatic animal health at national, regional and international levels worldwide. He has been responsible for initiating major policy changes in aquatic health management in relation to aquaculture in Asia, and globally. Among others, at FAO, he is also responsible for analysis of trends in aquaculture development globally. He is the FAO focal point on developing international guidelines on aquaculture certification. He currently serves as the Technical Secretary to the Sub-Committee on Aquaculture of the Committee on Fisheries of the FAO, the only global inter-governmental forum on aquaculture. A former teacher of the University of Colombo and the University Putra Malaysia, Rohana earned his PhD from Stirling University.
Dr. Ussif Rashid Sumaila – Acting Director, Fisheries Centre & Director, Fisheries Economics Research Unit at University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre
Dr. Ussif Rashid Sumaila is Acting Director of the Fisheries Centre and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit (FERU) at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre, Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Sumaila’s research is in the area of natural resource and environmental economics, with particular emphasis on fisheries. Sumaila is deeply interested in how economics, through integration with ecology and other disciplines, can be used to help ensure that environmental resources are sustainably used and managed for the benefit of both current and future generations. Sumaila has won a number of awards including the 2008 Pew Fellowship for Marine Conservation, the Craigdarroch Award for Societal Contribution; the Zayed International Price for the Environment, and the Peter Wall Centre Senior Early Career Scholar Award. Sumaila has authored/co-authored numerous journal articles, edited books/volumes, book chapters and other publications. He has published in several journals including: the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, Environment and Resource Economics Nature, Natural Resource Modeling, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Fisheries Research, Ecological Economics and the ICES Journal of Marine Science. Sumaila’s work is taken seriously by policy makers at the highest levels, resulting in invitations to give talks at the United Nations, The White House, the U.S. Congress, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the World Trade Organization. His work has generated significant international interest, and has been cited by, among others, the Economist, the Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune, Maine Sunday Telegram, the Financial Times, The Globe and Mail, Voice of America, CBC News and the Vancouver Sun.
Michael Sutton – California Fish and Game Commission and Vice President and Founding Director, Center for the Future of the Oceans at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Michael Sutton, of Monterey, was appointed to the Fish and Game Commission on May 4, 2007. Mr. Sutton has served as vice president and founding director of the Center for the Future of the Oceans at the Monterey Bay Aquarium since 2004. Previously, he served as program officer for the conservation and science program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation from 1999 to 2004. Prior to that, Mr. Sutton served as vice president of the U.S. Land and Wildlife Program for the World Wildlife Fund from 1995 to 1999, as well as senior program officer for international wildlife policy for the World Wildlife Fund from 1990 to 1992. He also served as special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1984 to 1990. Mr. Sutton worked for the National Park Service as a park ranger from 1980 to 1984.
His experience as a commercial rock lobster fisherman on the southern north island coast of New Zealand gave Daryl Sykes both inspiration and enthusiasm to pursue a new career in rock lobster fisheries research and management. As and industry representative and advocate Daryl has encouraged improved levels of understanding and respect between fisheries stakeholder groups and bureaucrats, enabling well-informed and better directed outcomes. Self governance, voluntary compliance, industry-generated research, and collaborative commercial harvest initiatives - within a secure rights-based management framework - are recurring themes of articles and presentations that Daryl has authored to from 1984 to the present.
Sadayosi Tobai became the marine programme leader at WWF Japan in 2006 and manages a portfolio of fisheries projects and coastal biodiversity projects. With a newly appointed fishery officer, WWF Japan began addressing sustainable fishery issues in the last few years, in particular on tuna fishery and consumption. WWF Japan also promotes consumer choice of sustainable seafood by assisting the MSC certification scheme to be adopted by Japanese fisheries and retailers. He was the initiating organiser and has been the leader of an international marine ecoregion projects for conservation of biodiversity in the Yellow Sea Ecoregion, which is a large trans-boundary marine ecosystem surrounded by China, North and South Korea and Japan since 2002. Previously he has worked on coastal habitat and migratory shorebird conservation projects in Japan. He received a bachelor's degree in biology from the International Christian University in Tokyo and a Master of Science in natural resource management from the University of Edinburgh.
Pablo was born in Chile, but a few years and a coup d'état later, his family immigrated to Canada, and settled in ‘la belle ville de Montréal’. Soon after graduating from High school, Pablo was off to the Universidad de la Habana in Cuba where he started his Bachelor’s degree in biology which was eventually completed back in Chile with a BSc in Marine Biology from the Universidad de Concepción. During that period he met Professor Harold Rosenthal who became his lifelong mentor and friend. Harold inspired Pablo to pursue the ecological and socio-political fundamentals involved in today’s aquaculture development. In 2007 Pablo completed his MSc at the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia with Dr Daniel Pauly. His thesis addresses the sustainability of global mariculture, focusing on ecological and socio-economic performance. Presently, Pablo is a Research Associate with the Seafood Ecology Research Group at the University of Victoria, which is led by Dr. John Volpe. Pablo seeks to continue his research on the evolution of the aquaculture industry with emphasis on the repercussions, pressures and benefits placed on developing countries with today’s ever growing seafood demand.
Umesh is currently working as Chief Executive of National Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture (NaCSA), India which is involved in capacity-building and empowerment of aqua farmers. He is fisheries postgraduate from College of Fisheries, Mangalore, with15 years of experience in Shrimp and Tilapia Aquaculture projects. He has also worked for International Finance Corporation in Ghana.
Trident Seafoods, North America's largest vertically integrated seafood harvesting and processing company, is aggressively pursuing energy efficiency throughout its fleets and plants. Trident owns and operates a fleet of more than 30 vessels and purchases large volumes of all major North Pacific species from hundreds independent fishermen. The company operates a string of primary fish processing facilities from Newport, Ore. to the Aleutians. For 22 years prior to joining Trident as Communications Director in 2006, van Amerongen was Editor in Chief of Alaska Fisherman's JOURNAL, a leading trade newspaper for the North Pacific commercial fishing industry.
Bart van Olphen was born on 1 November 1970 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. After graduating from the Hotel Management School in The Hague (1996), he started a catering company in Budapest, Hungary, working with embassies, multinationals, concerts, etc. Within one year this company, Global Food & Concept, was the largest party caterer in Hungary. In 1997 Bart moved to Paris, France to become “chef de partie” in several Michelin star restaurants such as Lucas Carton (3 star Michelin). It was there that he perfected his cooking skills and learned about new trends. In 1999, he moved back to Holland to become managing director of a famous Amsterdam nightclub restaurant, Vakzuid. It was while at Vakzuid that he realized there was a shortage of good fish around the world. In 2001 Bart became managing director of a Spa company in Holland called “The Tides.” Then in 2002, he started the first Fishes store in Amsterdam, selling quality sustainable fish products. Fishes quickly expanded, with new stores opening in 2003, 2004 and 2006. In 2007, Fishes was the first retailer in continental Europe to obtain Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) chain-of-custody certification and begin using the MSC label. In 2008 Fishes was presented with a Seafood Champion award by Seafood Choices Alliance, showcasing them as one of the most sustainable seafood companies in the world.
Trained as a population and molecular ecologist, he and his students use data intensive approaches to uncover linkages between ecological and social sustainability, particularly with regard to marine-based food production systems. In addition to the Global Aquaculture Performance Index (GAPI) initiative, salmon, sablefish and bivalve aquaculture, aquaculture-capture fisheries interactions, invasive species and marine applications of complexity theory are topics of current interest and research. Dr. Volpe holds a B.Sc.(Honours) and M.Sc. in Molecular Ecology from the University of Guelph, Canada and a Ph.D. in Population and Invasion Ecology from the University of Victoria, Canada. After three years as a faculty member in the Dept. of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, Dr. Volpe returned to UVic in 2005 when he joined the School of Environmental Studies.
Anja von Moltke – Economic Affairs Officer, Economics and Trade Branch, Divsion on Technology, Industry and Economics, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
Anja von Moltke serves as Economic Affairs Officer at the Economics and Trade Branch (ETB) of the Division on Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) in Geneva. She is responsible for developing tools, analysis and policy recommendations on economic incentives to protect the environment and promote sustainable development. Her current focus lies in the reform of environmentally harmful subsidies. Having worked on issues related to energy for many years, she currently focuses on subsidies to the fishing sector. She works with partners from developed and developing countries to promote environmental and sustainability objectives in national policy-making processes and international negotiations towards the reform of fisheries subsidies. Given the importance of reform for both trade and the environment, Anja works closely with WTO delegation in the development of new rules on fisheries subsidies. Prior to joining UNEP in 1999, she worked for the German Environment Ministry as a negotiator to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol with a particular focus on sustainable development mechanisms to address climate change. She holds an M.Phil. in Environment and Development from Cambridge University (UK) and a B.Sc. in Management from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Kazuhiko Wada was born in 1962 in Tokyo. His grandfather started his business, Kamewa Shouten, as a fish wholesaler at Tsukiji fish market in 1938. After graduating university, Kazuhiko started his career as a computer programmer. He worked for four years in softwarehouse, then followed his family business in 1988 with his father. Every morning Kamewa buys fresh fish at Tukiji fish market auction and sells to hotels and restaurants in the Tokyo area. In 1995 a supermarket fish buyer introduced trolled, FAS (frozen at sea), Alaskan king using Bruce Gore’s (Triad Fishery) special technique, that was attractive for its quality and taste. In 1998 Kamewa started importing Bruce Gore’s Alaskan fish (King and Coho salmon, lingcod, black cod) directly. Wada gradually understood a linkage between fish quality and sustainable fisheries through dealing with Alaskan fishermen. So when he learned about MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) on May 2005, he felt it was a good idea to highlight the difference between Alaskan salmon and others. Shortly thereafter Kamewa was certified for MSC COC (chain of custody), allowing the company to use the MSC logo on its salmon. The salmon was be the first MSC labeled product in Japan. The first MSC logo labeled salmon appeared in a supermarket in June 2006. Kamewa also sells domestic fish from sustainable fisheries: scallops from Hokkaido Prefecture, and oyster and scallops from Miyagi Prefecture. Kamewa is currently planning, with a mailing house, to supply flathead flounder, the first MSC certified fish in Japan.
Dan Waldeck – Executive Director, Pacific Whiting Conservation Cooperative (PWCC).
The PWCC is a harvest and research cooperative formed by the companies that participate in the catcher/processor sector of the whiting fishery -- American Seafood’s, Glacier Fish Company, and Trident Seafoods. The PWCC promotes rational harvest and minimal waste in the whiting fishery. By working together, cooperative members have greatly improved fishery production and significantly decreased bycatch in the catcher/processor sector of the whiting fishery. The PWCC also supports research to generally improve the west coast groundfish fishery. The PWCC sponsors a cooperative research survey with NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center, which examines the abundance of juvenile whiting and rockfish. Prior to joining the PWCC, Dan worked on the staff of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. His responsibilities included coordination of marine reserve and marine protected area activities, oversight of Pacific Council development of national marine policy, and administration of the Scientific and Statistical Committee. Dan was a Presidential Management Fellow during 1998 and 1999 working at the Library of Congress where he provided policy guidance to lawmakers. In 1997, Dan graduated from the University of Washington’s School of Marine Affairs. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology from the California State University, Long Beach.
Bill works to promote conservation and health of Canada's marine ecosystems. His work includes developing ecosystem based management solutions through marine use planning, the establishment of marine protected areas, and through reforms to ocean policy and legislation. Bill also works on sustainable fisheries issues and represents the Foundation on the SeaChoice sustainable seafood initiative. Bill is a strategic advisor on our wild salmon campaign and regularly represents us in negotiations with various stakeholders involved in marine conservation. Bill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and a Master’s of Business Administration.
After 26 years as a journalist, consultant, and student of fisheries and marine conservation, Warren joined the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership in 2006. He directs the Productive Oceans Partnership, an SFP program that works to enlist the seafood industry to protect oceans and fisheries from effects of rising global CO2 emissions (e.g. ocean acidification and climate change). This program is currently working with seafood companies and fishermen to help them improve energy efficiency and identify effective strategies for protecting fisheries from global CO2 impacts. Warren was the editor of Pacific Fishing from 1996 to 2004, and began writing for National Fisherman in 1980. In 1994 he founded the National Fisheries Conservation Center, a think-tank on collaborative problem solving, which has been a key partner with SFP in this initiative.
Dr. Wathne is currently the Deputy Managing Director of the EWOS Group in Bergen, Norway. He has also served as the Managing Director of Scotland and International Coordinator for EWOS. Prior to that, Dr. Wathne was the Research and Development Manager for NorAqua. By training, Dr. Wathne is an animal nutritionist and an expert in the development of fish feeds. He received a Ph.D. in Aquaculture from the Agricultural University of Norway, a Master of Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Management, and a degree in animal nutrition from the Agricultural University of Norway.
Stephen Wertz – Senior Marine Biologist and Supervisor, Marine Protected Areas Science Project and California Department of Fish and Game
Stephen Wertz has been employed by the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) since 1992. He has participated on a variety of marine research and management projects, including life history studies on important California finfish resources, coastal pelagic species monitoring, groundfish management, and was co-chair on the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Highly Migratory Species Management Team. Currently, Mr. Wertz is the supervisor for the science component of the CDFG’s marine protected areas implementation project and is a member of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Master Plan Science Advisory Team. This team provides scientific support for the MLPA Initiative in the south coast study region, which spans from Point Conception in Santa Barbara County south to the California border with Mexico, including offshore islands.
Megan Westmeyer has led the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative since 2004. The Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SSI) is an educational program for culinary professionals. By fostering wise choices in sustainable seafood at high-end restaurants, SSI strives to influence the culinary seafood market and lead to the conservation of fishery resources. SSI partner chefs pledge to remove orange roughy, Chilean sea bass and shark from their menus, instead focusing on sustainable—especially local—seafood products. Westmeyer helps chefs and their staffs learn about sustainable seafood by translating technical fishery information to a concise format usable by the culinary industry and by conducting sustainability assessments of their seafood menu. Partner chefs help the Aquarium promote sustainable seafood with cooking demonstrations, sustainable seafood and wine dinners and participation in the annual Sustainable Seafood Festival. Westmeyer also conducts educational seminars for high-school and college culinary students and community groups. Westmeyer holds a master’s degree in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University. She currently serves on the Board of Overseers of Chefs Collaborative, the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Seafood Alliance, and is a member of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Shrimp Advisory Panel.
Valeska Weymann is a food engineer of Guatemalan origin. Her Bachelors degree was received from the State University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her working experience in the food and agri-food sector took place in Latin America, including Paraguay and Guatemala, focusing on small food companies advisory and raw materials approval, including water treatment technologies. During her studies about Technologies in the Tropics at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne-Germany, she joined GLOBALGAP in 2002. Since 2004 she has coordinated GLOBALGAP’s Aquaculture scope.
Kate Wing founded her ocean policy and communications consulting firm in 2008. Prior to striking out on her own, she spent eight years as a senior policy analyst with NRDC. One of California’s advisors to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, she’s worked on the development of several fishery management plans, including the Pacific Council’s HMS FMP and California’s abalone management and recovery plan. Kate’s academic background is in marine biology, including a season in Antarctica. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Washington’s School of Marine Affairs and served as a Knauss Sea Grant Fellow on the Senate Commerce Committee. She recently joined the staff on the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation's Marine Conservation Initiative.
Developed seafood products with Aeon’s own brand “Green Eye” whose themes are “sustainability” and “food safety “. He also lead cultured eel and shrimp products that are based on Aeon’s own criterion referring to EU organic food regulation. After this work, he also lead another project for introducing “fish from sustainable fisheries” and constructed the sustainable seafood supply chain by using the MSC scheme at Aeon nationally.
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