Seafood Watch Convenes Science Advisory Board: Experts to Explore Future Challenges

Seafood Watch Convenes Science Advisory Board: Experts to Explore Future Challenges

Seafood Watch Convenes Science Advisory Board: Experts to Explore Future Challenges

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program has always considered accurate and up-to-date science to be at the core of its work and essential to the program’s credibility. Key to the successes that have made the program the most recognized sustainable seafood resource in the U.S. is its collaborations with respected external experts.

On June 27, 2012 Seafood Watch convened its new Science Advisory Board – leading scientists who were recruited to help guide the science behind the program. The 15-member advisory board comprises individuals primarily from distinguished marine science programs at top universities.

“The science advisory board is divided between expertise in wild-capture fisheries and aquaculture,” said Dr. Tom Pickerell, senior science manager for Seafood Watch. “The challenges are quite distinct between these two focal areas. For example, we’d like our fisheries experts to explore how our criteria might best be adapted to accommodate evolving science on an ecosystem-based management approach. Our aquaculture advisors will discuss the ongoing strategy of aquaculture within the Seafood Watch program.”

2012-2014 science advisory board members are:

Dr. Daniel Benetti: Professor and Director of Aquaculture, University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science;

Dr. Christopher Costello: Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California Santa Barbara;

Dr. Larry Crowder: Science Director, Center for Ocean Solutions. Professor of Biology, Hopkins Marine Station, Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University;

Dr. Jim Diana: Professor and Director of Michigan Sea Grant, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment;

Dr. Carole Engle: Professor and Director of the Aquaculture/Fisheries Center at the University of Arkansas;

Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons: Professor and Extension Specialist of Environmental Science, University of Arizona;

Dr. Chris Glass: Director, Northeast Consortium and Research Professor, Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire;

Dr. Christopher Harrold: Director of Conservation Research, Monterey Bay Aquarium;

Dr. James Lindholm: James W. Rote Distinguished Professor of Marine Science and Policy, founding director of the Institute for Applied Marine Ecology, California State University Monterey Bay;

Dr. Ellen Pikitch: Professor and Executive Director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, Stony Brook University;

Dr. Cathy Roheim: Professor and Department Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, University of Idaho.

Dr. Sandra E. Shumway: Research Professor, University of Connecticut;

Dr. Albert Tacon: Technical Director at Aquatic Farms Ltd.;

Dr. Peter Tyedmers: Professor and Director of the School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia;

Dr. Wade O. Watanabe: Research Professor, Center for Marine Science, Aquaculture Program Coordinator, University of North Carolina Wilmington;

At the first meeting of the science advisory board in Monterey, work focused on the existing strategies of Seafood Watch. In addition, a series of working groups were formed to focus on key areas – either within the program, or in the constantly evolving landscape of fisheries and fish farming.

“It’s critical for us to have access to outside expertise in this way,” said Seafood Watch program director Jennifer Kemmerly. “Our program has to stay current to remain relevant. We are constantly reviewing our methodology and criteria.”

“Our science underpins our entire program, and to a large extent, the broader sustainable seafood movement,” she added. “The science advisory board will challenge us to think about how we work, and will strengthen the science behind the tools we use to move the market in favor of seafood both from sustainable and improving sources.”

Being a member of the Seafood Watch Scientific Advisory Board does not constitute an endorsement of the Seafood Watch® program or its recommendations. Seafood Watch® is solely responsible for all seafood recommendations


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