Supporting the ISSF Board of Directors is a group of formal and informal partners – marine scientists, environmental stakeholders, fleet owners, and others – who are experts in their respective fields and provide their time and insights on a voluntary basis to inform the Board and the organization’s efforts.
ISSF is constructed on the belief that diversity of opinion, perspective and approach among those with shared interests and goals is not a hindrance – rather it is a great strength. The organization has established its role in the global sustainability community as a convener of common interests, a facilitator of dialogue, and a promoter of science-based approaches that can be practically applied across tuna fisheries to continuously improve global tuna stocks and their ecosystem.
This approach is reflected in the committees that help to inform our efforts. In addition to the Scientific Advisory and Environmental Stakeholder committees, ISSF staff is charged with working with stakeholders from the vessel and retail communities to ensure these critical on-the-front-lines partners are sharing recommendations on a consistent basis.
Environmental Stakeholder Committee
Environmental Stakeholder Committee
Bill Holden Chair, ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee | Senior Tuna Fisheries Outreach Manager, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Bill Holden is the Senior Tuna Fisheries Outreach Manager for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a global fisheries certification and ecolabel program. …More He began working with the MSC in February 2009 and is based in the Sydney, Australia, office. His work involves fisheries outreach in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, with a focus on tuna fisheries. Another component of his work is outreach to fisheries in South East Asia and the Pacific, working towards sustainable fishing practices. Mr. Holden has a wealth of experience in fisheries management from more than 20 years as an owner, operator and skipper of snapper and tuna longliners in the Kingdom of Tonga. During that time, he was the President of the Fishing Industry Association of Tonga (FIAT) and a director of the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA). As well as his vast industry experience and knowledge of fishing and marketing operations, Mr. Holden’s work in associations has given him an understanding of regional management, and he maintains an extensive Pacific network. Mr. Holden graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a B.A. in Political Science and Communications.
Sonja Fordham Shark Advocates International
Sonja Fordham has been a leading proponent of numerous landmark shark conservation actions, …More including the first US fishing limits for Atlantic sharks and rays. Fordham has co-authored numerous publications on shark fisheries management and is a member of various shark, skate, and Regional Fishery Management Organization (RFMO) advisory panels, including the International Commission for Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) US Advisory Committee. She regularly attends annual ICCAT meetings as part of the US delegation and has participated as an observer to meetings associated with the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), and the “Kobe” joint tuna RFMO process. Fordham is deputy chair of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Shark Specialist Group and conservation committee chair for the American Elasmobranch Society.
From 1991–2009, Fordham directed shark conservation projects at the Ocean Conservancy. In mid-2006, she began a three-and-a-half year assignment in Brussels as policy director for the Shark Alliance, a coalition formed to improve European shark policies. She founded Shark Advocates International as a project of The Ocean Foundation in May 2010. Her work has focused on publicizing the plight of sharks and advocating science-based shark policies before fishery management and wildlife conservation bodies.
Sonja Fordham received a US Department of Commerce Environmental Hero Award in 2000, a Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Fishery Achievement Award in 2004, and the inaugural Peter Benchley Shark Conservation Award in 2007. In 2008, Washingtonian magazine named her one of 30 local Eco-Heroes.
Dr. Eric Gilman The Nature Conservancy
Eric Gilman, Ph.D., is Fisheries Advisor, The Nature Conservancy, Indo-Pacific Tuna Program.…More He conducts research on direct and collateral ecological effects of pelagic (oceanic) fisheries, fishing gear selectivity to reduce bycatch of species of conservation concern, mechanisms underpinning pelagic ecosystem stability and reduction of ghost fishing efficiency of derelict fishing gear. He has provided long-term scientific research services to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and The Nature Conservancy Tuna Program. He advises catch sector and supplier seafood companies on implementation of ecological sustainability programs. Previous employment included Marine Science Advisor with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Global Marine Programme, Head of Participation of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Pacific Representative for the National Audubon Society Oceans Program, Special Assistant for the Environment with the Office of the Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Environmental Advisor to the Pohnpei Port Authority of the Federated States of Micronesia. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Tasmania School of Geography and Environmental Studies, Australia; M.Sc. from Oregon State University Department of Oceanography, USA; and B.A. from Wesleyan University, USA. Publications are available at https://sites.google.com/site/publicationsericgilman/.
Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch
Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly directs Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, engaging and empowering North American consumers …More and businesses to support environmentally responsible fisheries and aquaculture through purchasing decisions.
Previously, Dianto Kemmerly served as program manager for the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to promote fishery and aquaculture improvement projects and build relationships between the seafood sector and NGOs. Dianto Kemmerly also served as a senior conservation associate for the New England Aquarium and worked for the American Oceans Campaign (Oceana) and Environmental Media Services.
Dianto Kemmerly obtained a master of science in environmental sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor of science in education from Florida State University.
Sara Lewis FishWise
Sara Lewis directs the Traceability Division at FishWise, overseeing a team implementing traceability and counter-IUU fishing projects…More with NGO and seafood industry collaborators from all parts of the supply chain. She also leads FishWise’s work relating to government policies such as the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), and has published peer-reviewed papers on traceability and social responsibility in seafood. Previously, she studied how third-party eco-certification impacts the environmental performance of multinational seafood firms. Ms. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and two masters degrees in environmental studies from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and the University of California, Santa Cruz, respectively.
Dr. Vishwanie Maharaj World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US)
Dr. Vishwanie Maharaj is an economist with over 20 years of experience working on fisheries and environmental policy issues…More through research, engagement of the seafood industry, regional management bodies and non-governmental organizations. Both past and present work include incentive-based tools to improve the ecological and socioeconomic performance of fisheries, with a large focus on tuna fisheries that engaged the tuna industry and RFMO staff to promote strategies factoring in the impacts on fishing businesses and fishing dependent communities. Dr. Maharaj is currently the lead for tunas and other multilateral fisheries at the World Wildlife Fund-Inc. (WWF-US). In that capacity, she works in close coordination with global and regional leads on overall tuna policy and markets teams on engaging major retailers to drive sustainable sourcing of tuna products. Her more recent work focused on engagement in the FAO and World Bank ABNJ projects, using market incentives to reform Indonesian tuna fisheries and work to address overcapacity and improve business performance in the Eastern Pacific tropical tuna fisheries. Prior to WWF, Dr. Maharaj held senior positions at the Environmental Defense Fund, South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and a trade association. She holds a doctoral degree in marine resource economics from the University of Rhode Island and an undergraduate degree in oceanography from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Alexia Morgan Science Lead for Tuna and Large Pelagic Species, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP)
Alexia Morgan, Ph.D., is the Science Lead for Tuna and Large Pelagic Species at the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). …More Dr. Morgan provides scientific and technical advice to producers and suppliers on key issues related to the fisheries they source from, and ways in which they can improve these fisheries — including bycatch issues. In addition to these roles, she conducts seafood assessments of tuna and large pelagic fisheries for SFP. Previously, Dr. Morgan was a Research Biologist at the Florida Program for Shark Research at the University of Florida and has worked as a consultant for various NGOs on a variety of elasmobranch-related issues. Outside of SFP, Dr. Morgan’s interests and research focus on ecosystem impacts and spatial management of elasmobranch species in the Atlantic. She has a Ph.D. in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Florida and an M.S. in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Tom Pickerell Global Tuna Alliance
Dr. Tom Pickerell is a marine biologist with nearly 20 years’ experience in seafood sustainability,…More including wild fisheries and shellfish aquaculture, certification schemes and consumer guides, and social responsibility in seafood. He also is a founder of Tomolamola Consulting, a sustainable seafood advisory service for businesses. Dr. Pickerell is currently the Executive Director of the Global Tuna Alliance, an independent group of retailers and supply-chain companies working to ensure that tuna ultimately meets the highest standards of environmental performance and social responsibility. Before that, he was the Global Tuna Director for the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), leading the fresh & frozen and canned tuna programs. He also worked for Seafish, the UK Seafood Industry Authority, where he was the Technical Director. Previous to that role, Tom was the Senior Science Manager for the Seafood Watch program at Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Earlier, Tom worked at the Shellfish Association of Great Britain (SAGB), where he managed the UK Shellfish Industry Development Strategy (SIDS) and later became the Director; WWF UK, where he was the Fisheries Policy Officer; and the UK government in Defra, where he held a variety of different policy and strategy roles in fisheries and aquaculture. He has a degree in Marine Biology, a master’s degree in Analytical Biology, and a Ph.D. in shellfish aquaculture.
Scientific Advisory Committee
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. 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. 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. 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.