Stock Assessment and Modeling Expert Joins Scientific Advisory Committee; Seafood Conservation Advocate Elected Chair of Environmental Stakeholder Committee

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Washington, DC – 19 July 2016 – The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Maunder, head of the stock assessment program at the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), has joined its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and that Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, Director of Global Fisheries and Aquaculture at Monterey Bay Aquarium, has been elected Chair of the ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee (ESC). Dr. Maunder is an international leader in fisheries stock assessment methodology and tuna population dynamics modeling. Ms. Dianto Kemmerly is a long-time ocean advocate whose work focuses on generating consumer demand for sustainable seafood and creating market incentives for environmentally responsible fishing and aquaculture.

“Dr. Maunder is a renowned stock modeler for a range of species. He has brought that knowledge to the IATTC where he leads the stock assessment team,” said SAC Chair Dr. Victor Restrepo. “Dr. Maunder has over 50 peer reviewed publications and, perhaps more importantly, the ability to convey his expertise to others, a skill we look for on the SAC.”

For 10 years, Dr. Maunder has organized and chaired the successful IATTC fall workshop series on stock assessment methodology, which has transitioned into the Center for the Advancement of Population Assessment Methodology (CAPAM) workshop series he co-founded. He has also served on the Editorial Board of the ICES Journal of Marine Science and acted as guest editor for Fisheries Research. Dr. Maunder earned a doctorate from the School of Fisheries at the University of Washington as well as a master of science in zoology and bachelor of science in zoology and computer science from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Earlier this year, Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, Director of Global Fisheries and Aquaculture at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, was elected Chair of ISSF’s Environmental Stakeholder Committee, which she has served on since 2013. Ms. Dianto Kemmerly directs the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, which engages North American consumers and businesses to support ocean-friendly fisheries and aquaculture through their purchasing decisions. She oversees the Seafood Watch research team whose reports help shape seafood purchasing decisions for more than 17,500 retail stores and food service locations across North America.

“It is exciting to see our Environmental Stakeholder Committee governance transition from an ISSF Board-appointed chair to one that is elected by ESC members themselves,” said ISSF President Susan Jackson. “Chosen by her peers on the Committee, Jennifer enters this role equipped with knowledge of how to effectively engage the private sector to ensure sustainability is at the forefront of business and purchasing decisions — no easy task.

I am proud to echo the confidence of the ESC Members whom elected her and believe that she has the unique capabilities to fulfill this leadership position and further elevate the role of the ESC within ISSF.”

Ms. Dianto Kemmerly headed Seafood Watch when it was established in 1999 and returned to the aquarium after serving as Program Manager for the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to promote fishery and aquaculture improvement projects and build relationships between the seafood sector and NGOs. She also served as a Senior Conservation Associate for the New England Aquarium and worked for the American Oceans Campaign (Oceana) and Environmental Media Services. Ms. Dianto Kemmerly earned a master of science in environmental sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor of science in education from Florida State University.


Committee Experts Advise ISSF Board of Directors

The ISSF Board receives information from formal and informal partners – environmental stakeholders marine scientists, fishers, fisheries managers, and vessel owners – who share insights from the field. The ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee comprises some of the world’s leading marine and tuna fisheries scientists. The SAC guides ISSF’s research priorities and supports its technical reports, notably the annual Status of the Stocks. ISSF’s Environmental Stakeholder Committee includes representatives from conservation and scientific organizations that volunteer to share their expertise. ESC members review information and provide analysis. The SAC and the ESC advise the ISSF Board of Directors on issues to consider before taking action on specific sustainability efforts.


About the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF)

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