Dr. Serge Michel GARCIA
is French, born in Algeria in 1945. He holds a Doctorate in Sciences of the University of Marseille (France, 1976) and specialized in shrimp population dynamics and tropical fisheries management. He worked in West Africa from 1968 to 1979 for the French Institute of Research for Development, IRD (formerly ORSTOM). He joined the FAO Fisheries Department in 1979 where he was successively responsible for West African fisheries resources, Head of the Marine Resources Service and Director of the Fisheries Management Division.
He contributed, inter alia, to the conception and development of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and promoted the adoption and implementation of the precautionary and the ecosystem approaches to fisheries and the first developments in fisheries ethics. He initiated the development of the Fisheries Global Information System (FIGIS) and conceived and led the development of the UN Atlas of the Oceans (http://www.oceansatlas.com
). He retired from FAO in March 2007. He is a member of a number of Scientific Steering Committees and Boards of research institutions such as the French Institute for Research and Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), the Census of Marine Life (CoML), the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) and the European Bureau for Conservation and Development (EBCD). He also founded and chairs the Fisheries Expert Group of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management.
Dr Peter Jones
is a senior lecturer in the Department of Geography, University College London, where he specialises in research on different approaches to governing human uses of marine ecosystems. He is internationally recognised as an authority on marine protected area governance issues, with a particular focus on how state, market and participative approaches can be combined to achieve strategic conservation objectives. He has been an advisor to the European Common Fisheries Policy and England's conservation agency on marine protected area governance issues and is currently undertaking a project for the United Nations Environment Programme to develop good practice guidance on how different approaches can be combined to effectively govern marine protected areas, based on 20 case studies around the world. He is also leading a work a programme on governance as part of an EC funded project on the monitoring and evaluation of spatially managed marine areas (MESMA) to support the development and implementation of marine spatial planning in Europe's seas.
Prof Ian Bryceson
(Ph.D. Dar es Salaam) is a Professor in the Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, where he teaches and supervises post-graduate students. He focuses his research on ecological and social issues in coastal areas throughout the world. In particular, he works on coastal resource use, access and control. His emphasis is on conflicts of interests with respect to aquaculture, small-scale fisheries, tourism and conservation. This is all within the broader context of the impacts of globalisation and people's struggles for their rights. He is from Tanzania and taught at the University of Dar es Salaam for ten years, and is now based in Norway. He serves on several international committees and boards and takes part in active public debates.
, Ph.D.(Tokyo), is a Researcher of the Fisheries Research Agency, Japan. He specialized in the bio-economic analysis of ecosystem-based fisheries management and impact analysis of regional economy.
research has focused on understanding the temporal and spatial variation in distribution, abundance, and life history parameters of Alaskan groundfish, and the potential effects of fishing on these local populations. She has worked for the last eight years as lead scientist studying the small scale distribution and life history of Atka mackerel (Pleurogrammus monopterygius) in the Aleutian Islands. These ongoing studies examine the potential effects of fishing on Atka mackerel as prey species of the endangered Steller sea lion by conducting large scale mark and recapture experiments. Other research interests include the application of geolocating archival tags to study fish movement of Pacific cod, and the reproductive life history of Alaska groundfish, such as understanding variability in reproductive output in relation to maternal contribution and environmental factors. Recently her work has also focused on integrating aspects of spatial distribution and life history of fish into spatial management applications such as marine spatial planning.
Thomas Kirk Sørensen
is working at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark and is a marine biologist working mostly in projects related with marine ecosystem conservation and management, i.e. through spatial planning of marine activities. Much of this work has dealt with the development and management of marine protected areas/closed areas as tools for ecosystem conservation and an ecosystem based approach to fisheries management. He first started working with MPAs in the Philippines as a part of his master's thesis (University of Copenhagen). Since then he has worked in Denmark and abroad for NGO's, national authorities and, since 2005, DTU Aqua in Denmark. Here he has worked within the BALANCE project (marine habitat mapping and spatial planning of Baltic Sea) in relation to management frameworks and environmental impact evaluation, the PROTECT project (Marine Protected Areas as a tool for ecosystem conservation and ecosystem management) as well as co-coordinated the Nordic MPA Forum. Thomas is currently among other things involved in the FP7 MESMA project (Monitoring and evaluation of spatially managed areas) and the Danish implementation of Natura 2000 and the marine strategy framework directive.
is a Professor of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security of the University of Wollongong, Australia. A marine ecologist, he studied crown of thorns starfish and later was a foundation member of the staff of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) in 1978. He was Director of planning until 1990 during the declaration and initial planning of the Marine Park. He retired in 1999 as Executive Director of the Authority. Between 1990 and 1992 he was Secretary of an Australian national Inquiry into Coastal Management. He has published on management of coral reef and tropical coastal ecosystems, and more generally on ecosystem based management of coastal and marine ecosystems. He works widely as a consultant and advisor to government and international agencies, most recently working for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on the implementation of a marine and coastal strategy.
Colin G. Attwood
is working as an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He did his PhD on Spatial and temporal dynamics of an exploited reef-fish population. Presently he studies the effect of fishing on coastal fish populations and evaluates alternative strategies to conserve fish and to sustain fisheries. His work entails biological analyses, movement and migration studies, fishery assessment and modeling.
is the Executive Secretary of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), an international NGO based in Chennai, India. ICSF draws its mandate from the International Conference of Fishworkers and their Supporters in Rome in 1984. Founded in Trivandrum, India, in 1986, the organization has members in 22 countries, two thirds of whom are from countries of the South. Since then ICSF has been acting as a catalyst to influence decision-making processes in fisheries and to support small-scale and artisanal fishworker organizations. As part of its efforts towards disseminating information for and about small-scale fisheries, particularly in countries of the South, ICSF brings out the SAMUDRA Report and Yemaya three times a year, as well as the SAMUDRA News Alerts
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works for the Dutch Fish Product Board as Head of the Department of Trade and Quality. Part of his work involves representing the Dutch fish industry in discussions and negotiations with governments, NGOs and other organisations. Acting as a representative for wholesalers, processors and small retailers, (Holland has a surprisingly large number of fish mongers) he is one of the main spokespersons in the field of hygiene, food safety, and for the past two years, sustainability. Maarten also acts as secretary general of the Visfederatie, the Dutch Federation of Fish Wholesalers and Processors. In 2009 he was one of the founders of a consortium of seafood bodies from around the world which made a extensive report and review of organisations that were providing advice to consumers on trade on fish sustainability. Next to his daily work, Maarten regularly acts as presenter, discussion leader and moderator, in Holland as well as internationally.