Yao Ming, WildAid Ambassador, Beijing, China

Yao Ming, WildAid Ambassador, Beijing, China

Yao Ming head shotYao Ming is a former US National Basketball Association star turned conservationist and an Ambassador for WildAid’s global shark campaign which educates consumers through mass media campaigns reaching up to 1 billion people every week in China. Yao encourages decision makers from all levels of Chinese society to “Say No” to shark fin soup and to actively participate in shark conservation. (more…)

Victor Hamusa Kargbo, Head of Fisheries Enforcement for the Government of Sierra Leone Freetown, Sierra Leone

Victor Hamusa Kargbo, Head of Fisheries Enforcement for the Government of Sierra Leone Freetown, Sierra Leone

Victor Hamusa Kargbo at workVictor Hamusa Kargbo has been at the forefront of reducing and stopping illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Sierra Leone. Victor’s bravery and determination led to the arrest of two large-scale fishing vessel operators that export to the EU who were fined more than US $300,000 for their crimes. He is passionate about marine conservation and a staunch advocate for sustainable fisheries in the West Africa region and beyond. (more…)

Thomas Kraft, CEO, Norpac Fisheries Export Seattle, Washington, USA

Thomas Kraft, CEO, Norpac Fisheries Export Seattle, Washington, USA

Tom Kraft head shotTom Kraft of Norpac Fisheries Expo founded the Hawaii Swordfish Fishery in 1988, and has since worked tirelessly to improve practices in the swordfish and tuna fisheries worldwide. He has worked alongside NGOs in Asia to promote the adoption of gear modifications to advance ecologically responsible fishing and avoid non-targeted species. (more…)

Taylor Shellfish Farms, Washington, USA

Taylor Shellfish Farms, Washington, USA

Taylor Shellfish staff on a boatTaylor Shellfish Farms has been in business for over a hundred years and has led industry efforts towards environmental, social and economic sustainability in shellfish farming focusing on three areas: certification, political advocacy for clean water, and environmental education & community engagement.

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Jimmy Martinez Ortiz, Sub Secretariat of Fisheries Manabi Province, Ecuador

Jimmy Martinez Ortiz, Sub Secretariat of Fisheries Manabi Province, Ecuador

Jimmy Ortiz at his deskJimmy Martinez Ortiz is a strong advocate for fisheries management decisions based on sound and robust scientific advice in his native Ecuador. His work to implement an integrated monitoring system is an example of this vision. Jimmy believes we must shift from short-term fisheries management to management based on the best available science in order to improve the income of fishermen and maintain fishing jobs in a sustainable manner. (more…)

Francois Pasteau, Chef/Owner, L’Epi Dupin Paris, France

Francois Pasteau, Chef/Owner, L’Epi Dupin Paris, France


Francois Pasteau head shotEstablished in 1995, Pasteau’s restaurant is today a beacon for sustainable fish, strongly featured in its daily changing menus. François is one of the first French chefs to be conscious of marine resource conservation, believing that chefs act as ambassadors of sustainability.
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Blue Ventures Toliara, Madagascar

Blue Ventures Toliara, Madagascar

Blue Ventures LogoBlue Ventures is an award-winning social enterprise that works with local communities to conserve threatened marine and coastal environments, both protecting biodiversity and alleviating poverty. Over the past decade, Blue Ventures’ marine conservation work in Madagascar has focused on establishing temporary closures for fisheries to increase the sustainability of landings of highly valued, internationally traded species. (more…)

Austral Fisheries

Austral Fisheries

LogoAustral Fisheries has made deliberate decisions to ensure that all aspects of its fishing and trading operations are as environmentally sustainable as possible, ensuring a secure future for its company, employees, customers and fisheries. Austral Fisheries remain at the forefront of cooperative and collaborative management of fisheries resources in its activities with conservation groups, industry, governments, international agencies and many others. (more…)

Bahamas Marine Exporters Association

Bahamas Marine Exporters Association

Bahamas-Marine-Exporters-Association-of-Nassau-Bahamas group shotBahamas Marine Exporters Association of Nassau, Bahamas is a group of local processors and exporters that provide support for the Bahamian lobster fishery improvement projects. Their efforts to encourage effective management and sustainability of the country’s marine resources have benefitted and secured a productive future for Bahamians. (more…)

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