Starting with a small Japanese-American wholesale seafood company in the late 1980s Stephen Fisher brings more than 30 years of industry experience to his current work. Stephen has been Sea Delight’s lead Asia Pacific Consultant and Regional Manager since 2012 and is now Director of Sustainability. He has successfully completed dozens of seafood factory designs and has implemented fishery projects worldwide. As project leader in may of Sea Delight’s Fishery Improvement Projects he has worked on promoting the use of circle hooks in the Vietnam handline tuna fishery and in helping develop community-based catch data collection systems in Indonesian and Vietnamese small-scale fisheries.
Now coordinating all of Sea Delights sustainability efforts, Fisher has helped Sea Delight to develop new FIPs in both Southeast Asia and South America. He also designed and assisted in the development of a new onboard Android-based photo-data collection application that is now ready for at-sea trials.
With the experience and training to complete both FIP Pre Assessments and Action Plans Fisher can now help Sea Delight to lead more small and medium-scale fishery FIPs and work directly with fishing communities. Steve lives in Nha Trang, Vietnam.
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Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission: Industry Letter to the WCPFC on Swordfish and Mahi Mahi
The G16 Group of Like-Minded Coastal States of the Indian Ocean is an informal group that got started at the margins of the first meeting of Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) Technical Committee on Allocation Criteria in February 2011. Since then, the G16-Group have been meeting regularly prior to each TCAC and annual Commission meetings. More recently the Group has been active, having meetings at various times of the year, but largely focused on drafting proposals important to the coastal states. So far 19 meeting of the G16 Group have been held with participants representing 15-17 coastal states of the Indian Ocean.
IPNLF: Debate of orchards and apples unifies Coastal States as IOTC wraps up
Francisco’s experience ranges all across the fisheries sector since the 1980s, starting as a deckhand and later fisheries observer in the squid, hake and toothfish fleets in the South Atlantic, then moved to longliners and purse seiners in the Western Central Pacific, and back to trawlers and longliners in NZ. He worked his way in the fisheries world to his present position as an advisor for over 12 international organizations in more than 55 countries worldwide, with a period in FAO Rome as a Fishery Officer. He gained an MSc in Fisheries Science and then another in Food Science along the way.
Based in NZ since 1995, he has assisted industry and official institutions in NZ, the Pacific, Southern Africa, Latin America and South East Asia a in a wide range of Fisheries areas such as Regulatory Compliance, PSM, MCS, EU IUU & SPS Market Access Requirements and Fisheries Information Management Systems.
Presently he is supporting the integration of PSM, MCS and CDS in the Pacific for FFA, working as an operational MCS advisor in the Marshall Islands and Kiribati under a NZ MFAT contract, and also working with FAO on decent labor in Fisheries. Being able to work in 3 languages, he is comfortable in fishing boats, processing factories and boardrooms (mostly in that order). He also maintains an active blog on fisheries issues.
TED Talk: Fighting Illegal Fishing
FAO TV: Francisco Blaha, Fisheries consultant, Pacific Islands
COMEPESCA, a multi-stakeholder group comprised of predominantly industry members, is dedicated to promoting the consumption of Mexican seafood products. They have designed and implemented #PescaConFuturo (or “fishing with a future”), a first of its kind campaign to promote the consumption of sustainable Mexican seafood and build the voice of responsible seafood producers and distributors. An expert advisory committee was formed to set the sustainability guidelines of the campaign. The committee looked to groups such as CASS in order to build upon lessons learned and tools created in other areas of the world and adapt global best practices to the Mexican context. Once the guidelines of the campaign were adopted, COMEPESCA worked with top design and communication agencies to undertake a forward-facing campaign targeting top-chefs, high-end restaurants and culinary opinion leaders.