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Environmental Stakeholder Committee

The ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee is comprised of expert representatives from various conservation and scientific bodies who volunteer to provide their personal expertise. Members of the Committee review information and provide analysis. Any involvement with the Foundation does not imply endorsement of policy decisions.

Dr. William Fox – Chair

Vice President & Managing Director for Fisheries, WWF-U.S. 

Dr. Fox joined WWF in his present role in 2008, where he is responsible for the WWF’s U.S. fisheries programs. He has authored or co-authored over 60 scientific publications, and is a member of the American Fisheries Society, a Fellow of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists and Sigma Xi–the Research Society.

From 1982 to 1990, Dr. Fox was Professor of Marine Biology & Fisheries at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) and Director of the University’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies. Dr. Fox rejoined NOAA in 1990 where he held positions as the Director of the National Marine Fisheries Service and Director of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Science & Technology. In 2004 he became Director of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and has since also headed the U.S. scientific delegation to the International Scientific Committee for North Pacific Tunas and Tuna-like species, and was the chief science advisor to the U.S. delegations to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission and Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.

Dr. Fox holds degrees from the University of Miami and the University of Washington – specializing in marine biological systems.

Name: Tobias Aguirre
Affiliation: FishWise
Expertise: Environmentally responsible business practice development
Location: Santa Cruz, CA, USA

TAheadshotTobias is Executive Director of FishWise, and organization founded in 2002 to enable consumers and grocery retailers to support marine conservation through their seafood purchasing decisions. As Executive Director Aguirre sets the conservation vision and organizational strategy for FishWise. His work with retail industry executives, trade associations, and NGO leaders, seeks to build a collaborative approach to conservation that results in effective business and improved environmental performance. To that end, Tobias serves on both the Food Marketing Institute’s Sustainable Seafood Working Group Advisory Council and the Steering Committee of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions. He also works to connect California fishermen and ports to investment capital as a Steering Committee member of the California Fisheries Fund. He is a frequent speaker at leading industry events, such as FMI’s Sustainability Summit and the International Boston Seafood Show. Tobias holds degrees from Stanford University and UCSD, where he specialized in nonprofit management and business strategy and was named a Schoepflin Fellow for his work on sustainable fisheries.

Name: Markus Burgener
Affiliation: TRAFFIC
Expertise: Wildlife Trade
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Markus Bürgener is a Senior Program Officer with TRAFFIC – the wildlife trade monitoring organization, which focuses on the trade in wild plants and animals. TRAFFIC is a joint program of WWF and IUCN.  He has been based with the East/Southern African regional program of TRAFFIC for the past ten years and has worked on national, regional and international policy and legislation related to biodiversity conservation.  For the past seven years he has driven TRAFFIC’s marine fisheries work in East and Southern Africa where he has conducted research into and carried out advocacy and training initiatives focusing on illegal and unsustainable fisheries and related trade.  Markus is a qualified attorney and has a Master’s Degree in International Environmental Law.

Name: Bruce Collette
Affiliation: National Systematics Laboratory, NOAA
Expertise: Ichthyologist
Location: Washington, DC, USA

Bruce Collette’s interest in animals began during summers at a camp in the Adirondack Mountains.  In high school on Long Island, he experimented with color change in frogs and during vacations from his undergraduate days at Cornell University; he studied lizard behavior and morphology while visiting his parents in Cuba.  Bruce switched to fishes in graduate school at Cornell and received his Ph.D. for a taxonomic study of a small group of freshwater fishes called darters that live along the Coastal Plain from Maine to Florida.

In 1960, Bruce accepted a position as an ichthyologist at the National Systematics Laboratory in what is now the National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency, housed in the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.  He is currently a Senior Scientist in the Systematics Laboratory.  Bruce’s research focuses on the anatomy, systematics, evolution, and biogeography of tunas and their relatives plus other fishes such as halfbeaks, needlefishes, and toadfishes.  His research has entailed visiting major fish collections around the world, collecting expeditions on various vessels, and using SCUBA to collect and observe fishes.  He was appointed as Chair of the IUCN/SSC Tuna and Billfish Specialist Group for 2009-12 and as Red List Authority Focal Point for tunas and billfishes.  Results of his research have been published in over 250 papers in many scientific journals plus co-authoring two regional fish guides, The Fishes of Bermuda and Bigelow and Schroeder’s Fishes of the Gulf Of Maine and an ichthyology textbook, The Diversity of Fishes:  Biology, Evolution, and Ecology, now in its second (2009) edition and the most widely used college-level ichthyology text in the world.  Bruce has taught ichthyology as a summer field course in Massachusetts, Bermuda, and Maine for many years.

Name: Sonja Fordham
Affiliation: Shark Advocates International
Expertise: Shark Conservation
Location: Washington, DC, USA

Sonja Fordham has been a leading proponent of numerous landmark shark conservation actions, including the first U.S. fishing limits for Atlantic sharks and rays. Ms. Fordham has co-authored numerous publications on shark fisheries management and is a member of various shark, skate, and Regional Fishery Management Organization (RFMO) advisory panels, including the International Commission for Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) U.S. Advisory Committee. She regularly attends annual ICCAT meetingsas part of the US delegation and has participated as an observer to meetings associated with the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), and the “Kobe” joint tuna RFMO process Ms. Fordham is Deputy Chair of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Shark Specialist Group and Conservation Committee Chair for the American Elasmobranch Society.

From 1991-2009, Ms. Fordham directed shark conservation projects at the Ocean Conservancy. In mid-2006, she began a three and a half year assignment in Brussels as policy director for the Shark Alliance, a coalition formed to improve European shark policies. She founded Shark Advocates International as a project of The Ocean Foundation in May 2010. Her work has focused on publicizing the plight of sharks and advocating science-based shark policies before fishery management and wildlife conservation bodies.

Ms. Fordham received a U.S. Department of Commerce Environmental Hero Award in 2000, a Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Fishery Achievement Award in 2004, and the inaugural Peter Benchley Shark Conservation Award in 2007. In 2008, Washingtonian magazine named her one of 30 local Eco-Heroes.

Name: Eric Gilmanheadshot_Gilman_2013 copy
Affiliations: Hawaii Pacific University, The Nature Conservancy
Expertise: Pelagic Fisheries Research and Regional Fisheries Management
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Eric Gilman, Ph.D., conducts research on the ecological effects and governance of pelagic (open-ocean) fisheries, and provides consultancy research and advisory services to intergovernmental organizations, domestic government agencies, seafood supply chain companies and non-governmental organizations. He is Associate Faculty at Hawaii Pacific University and long-term consultant to The Nature Conservancy, Luen Thai Fishing Venture and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. His main research areas are: gear technology mitigation of problematic bycatch in pelagic longline fisheries, regional governance systems for tuna fisheries, and reduction of waste and ghost fishing efficiency of gillnets and trammel nets. He assists seafood companies to develop and implement sustainable sourcing practices for tuna products, and coordinate implementation of regional-level activities of fisheries in the Marine Stewardship Council program and in Fishery Improvement Projects. He has a PhD from the University of Tasmania; MSc from Oregon State University Department of Oceanography; and BA from Wesleyan University. Publications are available at: https://sites.google.com/site/publicationsericgilman/ and https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eric_Gilman2/?ev=hdr_xprf.


Name: Scott Henderson
Affiliation: Conservation International
Expertise: Marine Conservation
Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Scott Henderson earned his graduate degree at Oxford University (UK) with honors in Environmental Change and Management.  He obtained his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University in 1987 with magna cum laude honors in Biology and English Literature. Scott is a conservation and marine management practitioner with field experience as a researcher, consultant and as NGO staff primarily in Latin America, especially Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador, but has also worked in numerous African countries, including Madagascar where he undertook research for his MSc thesis.

Scott’s main areas of expertise are marine conservation and science, invasive species management, large project development and management and fund-raising with both private and public foundations.  He lives in the Galapagos Islands with his Ecuadorian wife and presently is Conservation International’s Regional Director of Marine Conservation in the South America Division’s Eastern Tropical Pacific region.

Name: Meghan Jeans

Affiliation: New England Aquarium

Expertise: Sustainable seafood

Location: Boston, MA, USA 

Meghan Jeans is the Director of Conservation at the New England Aquarium (NEAQ). Jeans is also currently a member of the MSC Stakeholder Council and the Fair Trade USA Fishery Advisory Council. Prior to NEAQ, Jeans was co-director for the Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum at Stanford University, Manager of Pacific Fish Conservation at Ocean Conservancy and worked as a policy analyst for the Marine Fish Conservation Network. She also previously served as a technical advisor to ICCAT and the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel.

Jeans has a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Science from Colby College and J.D. and Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.

Name: Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly
Affiliation: Seafood Watch
Expertise: Sustainable seafood
Location: Monterey, CA, USA

Jennifer directs Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, engaging and empowering North American consumers and businesses to support environmentally responsible fisheries and aquaculture through purchasing decisions.

Previously, Jennifer served as Program Manager for the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to promote fishery and aquaculture improvement projects and build relationships between the seafood sector and NGOs. Jennifer also served as a Senior Conservation Associate for the New England Aquarium and worked for the American Oceans Campaign (Oceana) and Environmental Media Services.

Jennifer obtained a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Florida State University.

Name: José ParajuáJose Parajua photo
Affiliation: Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
Expertise: Marine Resources Conservation and Environment Sustainability
Location: Thailand

José Parajuá is the Fisheries Director of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and its tuna sector lead. He is a marine biologist and has an internationally recognized background leading organizations, institutions and entrepreneurial associations, as well as programmes and projects related to marine resources conservation and environment sustainability, food security, sustainable food supply schemes and mechanisms, communities’ development and livelihoods improvement, in different regions. He has 26 years of experience in marine resources and coastal communities development including work for United Nations – FAO – and the European Union. José has worked and lived in South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. 


Name: Andrew Rosenberg
Affiliation: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
Expertise: Fisheries & Policy
Location: Washington, DC, USA

Andrew A. Rosenberg is director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He has more than 25 years of experience in government service and academic and non-profit leadership. He is the author of scores of peer-reviewed studies and reports on fisheries and ocean management and has published on the intersection between science and policy making.

Dr. Rosenberg came to UCS from Conservation International, where he served for two years as the organization’s senior vice president for science and knowledge. Previously, he served as the northeast regional administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he negotiated recovery plans for New England and mid-Atlantic fishery resources, endangered species protections and habitat conservation programs. He later became deputy director of the service.

Dr. Rosenberg is also the convening lead author of the oceans chapter of the U.S. Climate Impacts Advisory Panel. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Ocean Studies Board and the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. He is a professor of natural resources and the environment at the University of New Hampshire, where he previously served as dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

Dr. Rosenberg received his Ph.D. in biology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and previously studied oceanography at Oregon State University and fisheries biology at the University of Massachusetts.

Name: Cleo Small
Affiliation: Birdlife International
Expertise: Seabird Expert
Location: United Kingdon

Cleo Small is an International Marine policy office with Birdlife International.