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Vessel Committee

P1030883Susan Jackson


Susan Jackson is President of ISSF, a global partnership among scientists, tuna processors and environmental non-profits to undertake science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting a healthy marine ecosystem.

Prior to joining ISSF, Jackson was the Vice President for Government/Industry Relations and Seafood Sourcing for Del Monte Foods, where her responsibilities included government relations at the Federal, State and Local levels, and acting as Del Monte’s representative to trade and industry associations. Jackson was also responsible for the purchase of all raw tuna and tuna co-pack manufacturing for Del Monte’s StarKist brand. Jackson joined the H.J. Heinz Company in 1997 as an Attorney in the Law Department, later working with the company’s seafood sourcing and other areas of procurement.

Jackson graduated from The University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Economics and her law degree is from Duke University.

Michel Goujon


Dr. Michel Goujon is the Director of ORTHONGEL, the French tuna-boat owners association. As a Fishery scientist specialized in population dynamics (Master’s degree and PhD), he regularly attends the scientific commissions of tuna RFMOs and has always been an active promoter of the dialogue between fishermen, scientists and other stakeholders. He is currently chairman of the Tuna RFMO working group of the Long-Distance Regional Advisory Council of the European Commission. As the Director of ORTHONGEL, Michel Goujon has made it a priority to secure the sustainability of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans tropical tuna fisheries and to promote the responsible practices adopted by the European purse seiners.

Brian Hallman

Executive Director, American Tunaboat Association

Mr. Hallman is the Executive Director of the American Tunaboat Association, whose members are the owners of United States flag tuna purse seine vessels.

Prior to this position Mr. Hallman served as Deputy Director of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, and before that worked in the US Department of State, where he was involved in many international fisheries issues, especially those involving tuna. At the State Department, Mr. Hallman led the US delegation to a variety of international fisheries meetings, including meetings of tuna RFMOs and negotiations establishing the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, the Antigua Convention for the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, the Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program, and the Treaty on tuna between the US and Pacific Island States.

Mr. Hallman has a BA in Political Science from the College of William and Mary, and an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Michael V. McGowan

Vice President, Resourcing and Government Affairs Bumble Bee Foods

Michael V. McGowan is Vice President Resourcing and Government Affairs for San Diego-headquartered Bumble Bee Foods LLC, the largest branded seafood company in North America.

Mr. McGowan is a partner in Ocean Global and Sea Global Companies. These companies own 12 U.S. flagged tuna purse seine vessels; which operate in the western tropical Pacific Ocean, under the U.S. Treaty Arrangement. He is Chairman of the Board of the Global Companies and is also a member of all U.S. Advisory Committees to tuna RFMOs (IATTC, ICCAT, WCPFC) and also attends IOTC annual meetings.

From 1974 to 1977, Mr. McGowan was the master onboard the M/V Mariner, a successful high seas tuna purse seiner, fishing in the Atlantic, off the coast of Africa and in the eastern tropical Pacific. He is a past Vice President of the United States Tuna Foundation, (USTF), a past President of the Porpoise Rescue Foundation, and past Vice President of the American Fisherman’s Research Foundation (AFRF).

Mr. McGowan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Long Beach State University, CA.

Julio Morón

Managing Director, OPAGAC

Julio Moron is currently the Managing Director of OPAGAC, a Spanish association of purse seine fishing companies operating in the three main oceans (Indian, Atlantic and Pacific). OPAGAC is the only purse seine group operating in the four major tuna RFMOs and has a long history of fishing in the different Oceans under strict compliance and respect for management measures and international regulations in each and every RFMO.

Prior to assuming the role of Managing Director in 2007, Moron was the Assistant Director of OPAGAC for nine years, serving as the organization’s representative to a number of regional fishery organizations, including ICCAT, IATTC, IOTC, and WCPFC).  He was responsible for negotiating key agreements between the EU and private fisheries.  Before joining OPAGAC, he was the chief of the Spanish Fisheries Office in Seychelles and the FAO associate expert to the Indo-Pacific Tuna Development and Management Program in Sri Lanka.

Moron graduated from the University of Madrid with a bachelors’ degree in Biology in 1988, and received his doctorate in biological sciences from the University in 2004.

Juan Pablo Rodríguez-Sahagún

Managing Director, ANABAC

Juan Pablo Rodríguez-Sahagún was born in Bilbao in 1963. He is graduated in Law by the University of Deusto in Bilbao.

He belongs to the Spanish Tuna Purse seiners Association ANABAC (25 Purse Seiners fishing in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean) since 1993 where he was Assistant Manager until 2010 from which holds the position of Managing Director.

He is also manager of the Spanish Tuna Producer Organization OPTUC.

At present, as well as Manager of ANABAC / OPTUC occupies positions in other Spanish fisheries organizations such as ONAPE, CEPESCA, ADIMDE and he is also member of the EU Long distance fleets Regional Advisory Committee (LDRAC) and Vice-Chairman of the Indian Ocean Tuna operators Association .

Rafael Trujillo

Executive Director, Camara Nacional De Pesqueria

Rafael Trujillo is currently the Executive Director of Cámara Nacional de Pesquería, an Ecuadorian Chamber of purse seine fishing vessel owners that operate in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) and in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO). Ecuador has both the largest fleet in the EPO and is the largest processor in the region.

Trujillo is former Undersecretary of Fisheries 1999-2003 and former head of Ecuadorian delegation to IATTC in that period.

Trujillo is a lawyer, graduated from the Catholic University of Guayaquil in 1991 with experience in financial, commercial and fishery law.