Half of the seafood traded internationally originates in developing countries and to a large extent (85%) is destined to developed countries. Such is the importance of seafood in the development world, that it net yields are greater than the generated by the combined exports of tea, rice, cacao and coffee.
Presently, 80 % of the world fish stocks for which assessment information is available are reported as fully exploited, overexploited, or requiring of effective and precautionary management. The maximum wild capture fisheries potential from the world’s oceans, has probably been reached some years ago.
Furthermore, exporting countries need to provide high level guarantees (normally stricter than their own regulations) to prove the importing countries that the seafood traded is safe to eat and legally caught. This is quite a challenge for small countries and in many cases becomes and indirect barrier to trade .
Then, how we maintain fishing sustainable, thus allowing countries to gain long term benefits from trade, while at the same time we allow for the recovery of the affected fish stocks while making sure that technical issues do not become barriers to commerce?
Well... It is a massive challenge, and working some aspects of it, is the job that I do for various international agencies and some responsible fishing companies around the world.
My experience ranges all across the fisheries sector since the 80s, from a deckhand in small trawlers in Argentina to a researcher in Argentina’s fisheries research and development institute. In the 90s, I went back to be a fisher in the tuna longilne fishery in the WCP and later in New Zealand, where I work my way from a crew member in the domestic fleet to a Senior Fishery Industry Officer with the UN FAO in Rome.
In 1994 I completed a MSc in Fisheries (UNMdP, Argentina), and in 2000 an MSc in Food Science (Auckland University, NZ) and initiated a career as a consultant in NZ and with various international agencies.
I'm lucky to have gained expertise in a wide range of Fisheries areas, such as Fisheries Information Management Systems, Catch Documentation Schemes, Regulatory Compliance, Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS), EU IUU & SPS Market Access Requirements, Fisheries Development, Private Sector Support, Fisheries Research, and Project Management.
I have a long term experience on institutional strengthening and capacity building practices with regulatory institutions coupled with long-term involvement with the private sector, from fishing boats crew to executive roles which gave me skills on participative stakeholder management and industry involvement in regulatory decision making.
I have always enjoyed working on extension and training activities from factory to university level in all fisheries related matters, including the development of multimedia and paper based training and information materials.
I have a good understanding of gender issues, human rights and multicultural issues in the workplace. And a Wide international experience in over 50 countries for development organizations such as; EU, FAO, SPC, FFA, UNDP, AusAID, USAID, SADC, GTZ and ADB.
Fluent in 4 languages. Comfortable in fishing boats, coastal villages, factories and boardrooms.