Led by head ISSF scientist Dr. Victor Restrepo, the ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) comprises the world’s leading marine and fisheries scientists. In addition to offering guidance on ISSF research priorities and supporting the many technical reports ISSF publishes – notably the annual Status of the Stocks and ISSF Analysis of Tuna Fisheries against Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Performance Indicators – the Committee provides reference material for the Board of Directors to consider prior to taking action on sustainability efforts.

Scientific Advisory Committee

Dr. Victor Restrepo Chair, ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee

Dr. Restrepo currently serves as chair of the ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee. …More Previously, he worked with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Dr. Restrepo has also served as the chief of the NOAA/NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division in the southeast US, where he acted as head scientist of the USA Delegation to ICCAT. He has also spent time as a population dynamics expert at ICCAT, as an associate professor at the University of Miami and as an IPA research specialist at the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Office of Science and Technology in Silver Spring, Maryland. He has also attended numerous scientific meetings of ICCAT, ICES, NAFO, FAO and US, and chaired ICCAT working groups on Precautionary Approach and Stock Assessment Methods. In addition, he has also served as the chairman of GFCM-ICCAT working group on Mediterranean Large Pelagic Fishes.
Dr. Restrepo holds a PhD in population dynamics from the University of Miami, as well as a BSc in marine science and biology from the University of Miami.

Dr. Meryl J. Williams Vice Chair, ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee | Chair, Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section and Honorary Life Member, Asian Fisheries Society

In 2009, Dr. Meryl J. Williams initiated AsiaPacific-FishWatch on behalf of the AFS.
…More She is also currently involved in several non-executive positions, including member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility, chair of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Commission and member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the Census of Marine Life. From 2004 to 2005, Dr. Williams served as the inaugural executive officer of the Future Harvest Alliance Office of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. From 1994 to 2004, she was the director general of the WorldFish Center, concentrating the Center’s focus on eradicating poverty, improving people’s nutrition, and reducing pressure on the environment.
Dr. Williams was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Science, Technology and Engineering in 1993, and awarded an Australian Centenary Medal in 2003 for her contributions in marine science to Australian society and government. She has also written over 80 research papers, technical reports, conference proceedings, and books.
Dr. Williams holds a BSc from the University of Queensland and James Cook University, a diploma in education from the University of Queensland, a PhD in zoology and a master’s in mathematical statistics from the University of Queensland.

Dr. Alexandre Aires-da-Silva Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)

Dr. Alexandre Aires-da-Silva is Coordinator of Scientific Research at the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC). …More He joined IATTC’s Tuna-Billfish group in 2007, with the main responsibility of conducting stock assessments of bigeye tuna in the eastern Pacific Ocean. He also has served on the ISC Working Groups on Pacific bluefin tuna, albacore, and sharks. He has a keen interest in building scientific research capacity in developing countries through cooperative work and teaching activities, and has coordinated the collaborative regional effort to develop stock assessments of data-poor species, particularly sharks and dorado. Dr. Aires-da-Silva specializes in stock assessment, but his career has covered a great diversity of experience in fisheries science, from modern quantitative methods to team leader on several research cruises. He began his career at the University of the Azores, Portugal, where he worked on pelagic longline fisheries with an emphasis on sharks. He received a Fulbright Scholarship to the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, USA, where his Ph.D. research focused on the population dynamics of the blue shark in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Alejandro Anganuzzi Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project

Alejandro Anganuzzi is currently Global Coordinator for the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project based in Rome at the UN FAO. Previously, he served as the executive secretary of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) …More based in Victoria, Seychelles. In this role, Anganuzzi had overall responsibility for planning, coordination, and administration of the Secretariat activities in accordance with the agreements and decisions of the members of the Commission, including scientific and compliance activities.
From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Anganuzzi served as the deputy secretary and science manager for the IOTC. While in this role, he supervised the technical activities of the Secretariat, including capacity building in data collection, database development, data analysis, production of publications in various formats, and development of software. He coordinated the support to meetings of the IOTC Working Parties and Scientific Committee, including scientific advice as requested, and assisted in the organization of the Commission and the Scientific Committee meetings.
Prior to his work at the IOTC, Anganuzzi also worked for the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) from 1984 to 1997, where, among other subjects, he worked on the estimation of abundance of dolphin populations, and on modeling of the dynamics of tuna fisheries in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Dr. Laurent Dagorn Institut de Recherche pour le Développement

A French senior scientist working for the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (France), …More Dr. Laurent Dagorn has published more than 70 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 behavior 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 organizations and is based in France.
Since completing the coordination of a European Union project (FADIO) on the behavior of fish at drifting FADs in 2006, Dr. Dagorn has been 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.

Dr. John Hampton Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division, The Pacific Community (SPC)

Dr. John Hampton serves as the Chief Scientist of the Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division of The Pacific Community (SPC),…More focusing on oceanic fisheries. His work spans the biology and ecology of tunas, fisheries monitoring, stock assessment and harvest strategy development for western and central Pacific tuna fisheries. Dr. Hampton was previously a Deputy Director of FAME, responsible for management of the Oceanic Fisheries Programme. Before his time at SPC, he was an experimental scientist at the CSIRO Division of Fisheries Research, and a biologist at the Fisheries Division of the Department of Primary Industry in Australia. Dr. Hampton holds a B.Sc. (Hons) from James Cook University of North Queensland, and a Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales, where his research focused on population dynamics and fishery management of southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii).

Dr. Andrew Rosenberg Union of Concerned Scientists

Andrew A. Rosenberg is director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. …More He has more than 25 years of experience in government service and academic and nonprofit 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 US Climate Impacts Advisory Panel. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Ocean Studies Board and the US 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 PhD in biology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, and previously studied oceanography at Oregon State University and fisheries biology at the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Josu Santiago AZTI-Tecnalia

Dr. Josu Santiago is the principal researcher and head of Area Tuna Research at AZTI-Tecnalia’s Marine Research Division, …More and he just finished four years of serving as chair of the Standing Committee for Research and Statistics at the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).
Santiago holds a PhD in biology, “Dynamics of North Atlantic Albacore,” from the University of the Basque Country in Spain.

Dr. Keith Sainsbury Marine and Fisheries Research

Dr. Keith Sainsbury has a background in marine and fisheries research and modeling, including working as a senior principle research scientist …More and leading major research groups for over 20 years in the Australian federal research organization (CSIRO). Sainsbury also serves as a member of MSC’s Technical Advisory Board and is considered one of the foremost experts on the precautionary approach to fisheries management.
In 2004, Dr. Sainsbury was awarded the Japan Prize for his contribution to understanding and management of shelf ecosystems.

Dr. Gerald Scott Independent Fisheries Scientist

Dr. Scott is an expert on tuna fishery stock assessments. He formerly served as a senior advisor on the US NOAA-Fisheries …More Southeast Fisheries Science Center’s (Miami, Florida) resource assessment research programs, conducting stock assessment research to support domestic and international management decisions on Atlantic large pelagic fisheries resources. From 2005 to 2010, he served as the elected chair of ICCAT’s Standing Committee on Research and Statistics and was previously the chief US scientist to ICCAT.
Dr. Scott has extensive experience, spanning more than 30 years, conducting quantitative stock assessment research on a diverse set of resources including Atlantic tunas and tuna-like species, marine mammals, coastal migratory pelagic and reef resources.
He holds a PhD (biological oceanography) from the University of Rhode Island and an AB (zoology) from the Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Dr. Dale Squires U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service

Dr. Dale Squires presently serves as the senior scientist and economist for the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, …More while also carrying out his duties as an honorary professor at the University of Southern Denmark and as an adjunct professor of economics at the University of California San Diego. Previous to his work with the National Marine Fisheries Service, Dr. Squires served as a visiting scientist with the WorldFish Center, as well as on the US Delegation to Renegotiate South Pacific Tuna Treaty and as the Pacific Fishery Management Council leader of the Highly Migratory Species Plan development team.
Dr. Squires has co-authored six books and written over 75 academic papers. He has a PhD in resource economics from Cornell University, and an MS and BSc in agricultural economics from the University of California Berkeley.