Dr. Transform Aqorau Lends Expertise as Latest Addition to ISSF Board
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Washington, D.C. -- October 19, 2016
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) announced today that it will add Dr. Transform Aqorau to its Board of Directors. Dr. Aqorau was most recently Chief Executive Officer of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), and his career in Pacific fisheries spans more than two decades.
“Dr. Aqorau has been a long-time and persistent champion for the Pacific region, working with diverse stakeholders to improve the conservation and sustainable use of tuna resources in the Western and Central Pacific, which are vitally important to the region,” said ISSF President Susan Jackson. “It is this long history of multi-sector collaboration – as well as his deep policy knowledge – that make Dr. Aqorau such a meaningful addition to the ISSF Board. We are thrilled to have him.”
Dr. Aqorau said he is humbled by his election to the ISSF Board and views his appointment as an acknowledgement of the importance of the Pacific Islands region to international tuna fisheries management. “I hope to share our unique interests and experiences with ISSF, including with those participating companies that have global operations,” he said. “Pacific Island countries play a major role in managing complex tuna fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific. I look forward to lending this expertise to ISSF’s global efforts toward sustainable tuna fisheries management.”
Dr. Aqorau began his career as a Legal Officer in the Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Subsequent roles included Legal Advisor of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat based in Fiji and also Legal Officer, Legal Counsel and Deputy Director of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency based in Solomon Islands. Dr. Aqorau was appointed Interim Director of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement Office in 2010, assuming the role of CEO for a four-year term in 2012.
He has authored many journal articles and newspaper commentaries and hosted international seminars and conferences on fisheries and related topics. Dr. Aqorau has a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Papua New Guinea and a Master’s of Law from the University of British Columbia. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Law at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Dr. Aqorau was instrumental in the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between ISSF and PNA, establishing a framework for mutual cooperation between the two organizations. The three-year MOU establishes a mechanism for collaborating on shared activities to promote the sustainability of tuna fisheries.
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is a global coalition of scientists, the tuna industry and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) — the world’s leading conservation organization — promoting science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting ecosystem health. To learn more, visit https://iss-foundation.org/.