A French senior scientist working for the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (France), Laurent Dagorn has published about 60 scientific papers, of which more than half were in peer-reviewed international journals. He has been working on fish aggregating devices (FADs), with a special emphasis on the behaviour of fish at these FADs, for about 20 years. He has spent about 12 years in the Pacific (French Polynesia, Hawaii, California) and Indian (Seychelles, La Réunion) oceans, collaborating with various scientific organisations and is currently based in the Seychelles.
After completing the coordination of a European Union project (FADIO) on the behaviour of fish at drifting FADs in 2006, Laurent Dagorn is currently the coordinator of a major EU funded project (MADE) dealing with the mitigation of adverse ecological impacts of open ocean fisheries (tuna purse seiners and longliners) in the Indian ocean, Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Javier Ariz (IEO, Spain), Diego Bernal (University of Massachusetts, USA), Richard Brill (VIMS, USA), Martin Hall (IATTC, USA), Kim Holland (University of Hawaii, USA), David Itano (University of Hawaii, USA), Gala Moreno (AZTI, Spain), Miki Ogura (NRIFSF, Japan), Jacques Sacchi (IFREMER, France), Kurt Schaefer (IATTC, USA)
Michael has over 30 years fisheries experience world wide and is President of ECOMAR INTERNATIONAL INC. a fisheries consulting, management and brokerage company. He began working long range fishing trips on tuna boats, bait boats and long liners in 1982 right out of high school. In between trips Michael dove for sea urchins, and fished lobster while obtaining his Captain’s license.
In 1991, Michael founded ECOMAR International and has consulted on tuna issues throughout the South Pacific Islands, South and Central America, Micronesia, the Seychelles Islands and Mexico. In 1996, Michael joined a partnership to form Ocean Farmers and Maricultura Del Norte creating the first Tuna Ranch in the America’s based in Ensenada Baja, CA. He has logged thousands of hours in the water working in tuna pens, on nets, feeding, transferring, harvesting, observing fish and recording tuna behaviors.
Michael’s father, Dr James Joseph, was a founder and Lead Scientist of ISSF. Dr Joseph passed away unexpectedly last December. Michael is proud to play a small role in helping to carry out his father’s lifetime goal of working toward sustainability in fisheries through the ISSF Research Bycatch Project.