The FEG group consists of a limited number of senior fisheries experts from around the world. FEG members are voluntaries selected by its Bureau on the basis of expertise in the following disciplines: Bio-ecological, technological and socio-economic aspects of fisheries and aquatic ecosystems; Implementation of the EAF; Fishing operations.
FEG draws its expertise widely from fisheries and marine ecosystem experts in public service, academia, the private sector (including the industry itself), and NGOs and, in particular from its Pool of Experts which hosts experts selected by the Bureau for their expertise.
The experts participate in their individual capacities, independently of any institutional affiliations.
Chair: Serge M. Garcia, Director (retired), FAO Fisheries Management Division. email@example.com
Publications of Serge M Garcia
Vice-Chair: James (Jake) Rice, National Senior Advisor. Ecosystem Sciences Branch. Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada.
Dr. Jake Rice is National Senior Advisor – Ecosystem Sciences, for the Department of Fisheries
Publications of Jake Rice
Coordinator: Despina Symons Pirovolidou, Director, European Bureau for Conservation and Development. Brussels.
Despina Symons, of Greek origin, has been Director and founding Member of the European Bureau for Conservation and Development (EBCD) since its establishment in 1989.At European level, Despina has been linking the conservation and the scientific communities as well as the private sector to the EU policy makers providing them with expert strategic advice for over twenty years. Furthermore, she has been working closely with several UN bodies such as FAO, CITES, CBD and others.Despina has been active in IUCN and more particularly in its Marine Programme and the European one. She is Member of the Executive Committee of the IUCN/SSC European Sustainable Use Specialist Groupand Coordinator of its Fisheries Working Group. She is also the founding member and coordinator of the recently established Fisheries Expert Group (FEG) of the IUCN Commission of Ecosystem Management (CEM). Prior to joining EBCD, Despina worked on fisheries related issues in Madrid (Spain) where she represented the Spanish coastal fishermen to the EU and before that she worked in Canada as a free lance translator for the Secretary of State of Canada.
Other FEG membersJohan C. Augustyn, Chief Director, Marine and Coastal Management Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. Pretoria, South Africa.
In 2008, Dr Johann Augustyn was appointed by the Minister of Science and
Technology to serve as a Council member of the South African Council for
Natural Scientific Professions. Born in South Africa
in 1952, he has a doctorate in zoology from the University of Port Elizabeth.
His thesis focused on the Systematics, Life Cycle and Fisheries Potential of
the Chokka Squid. Dr Johann Augustyn started by joining the Sea Fisheries Research
Institute (SFRI), where he worked as researcher in the rock lobster section.
Among his prestigious positions, he supervised all biological projects in
pelagic and demersal fish and squid (Offshore Resources Biology, 1994) and was
the leader of the South Africa Delegation and the Chair of the Drafting
Committee in the UN-FAO Committee on Fisheries (2004). Furthermore, he was
appointed Chief Director: Research, Antarctica and Islands
in the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (2005). Dr Johann Augustyn is the author of an impressive list of publications
and presentations. The most recent one is entitled “Ecosystem Approaches for
Fisheries Management: Implementation in South Africa” (2008).
Serge Beslier, holds a master in Law and Political Science of the University of Paris (France, 1967), after following an education at both the High-school for the Administration of Maritime Affairs (Bordeaux 1969) and the School of instruction for naval officers (Brest 1970).
He started his career within the French Administration for Maritime Affairs from 1971 to 1983 where he held several positions: Ministry of the Sea – Head of the office "Market organisation and relation with stakeholders (1979-1983), Responsible for the Search and Rescue Centre of Western Brittany (1974-1978) and Administrator in the port of Le Havre (1971-1974).
Then he joined the European Commission/ DG Fisheries and Maritime Affairs from 1984 to 2007. Within the European Commission he has been Acting Director for the External Policy and Markets (2007), Head of Unit for the International Policy and Law of the Sea (2005-2007), Head of Unit for the Enlargement and Coordination of International Policy (1997-2005), Head of Unit for the Enlargement and Coordination of the Common Fisheries Policy (1994-1997), Head of Unit for the Market Organisation and Trade Policy (1987-1994), Official in the Unit Responsible for the Enlargement Negotiations with Spain and Portugal (1984-1987). He is currently Honorary Director of the European Commission and Chief Administrator for Maritime Affairs (R).
Ms Cabanban is an ichthyologist whose professional experience in Southeast Asia spanned the academe, international civil service, and environmental advocacy. She is a member of the International Society for Reef Studies and the Survival of the Species Group – Groupers and Wrasses, IUCN. She is the Regional vice Chair for the Commission on Ecosystem Management, IUCN. She is a graduate of Silliman University and University of the Philippines and James Cook University, Australia. Ms Cabanban has conducted basic and applied research on coral reef fishes and demersal fishes with students at Silliman University, Philippines and University Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia (1979 to 2006). She coordinated and assisted in the implementation of two regional projects of the United Nations Environment Programme (1994-1996; 2002). She became more involved in environmental advocacy in 2006 with two international non-governmental organizations in addressing transboundary environmental issues, namely overfishing and coastal and marine habitat destruction, in the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion.
After working for 14 years in Malaysia and Thailand, she returned to the Philippines in 2008 to start a private enterprise in marine resources management and to continue working with Conservation International, Philippines in support of the implementation of the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Conservation Plan.
A.T. Charles, Professor, School of Business and School of the Environment, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Dr. Anthony (Tony) Charles has been at Saint Mary’s University for over 25 years, holding a dual appointment as Professor of Management Science within the Sobey School of Business, and professor of Environmental Science in the Faculty of Science (<http://husky1.smu.ca/~charles>). Internationally, he is a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, Senior Research Fellow of the International Ocean Institute, recipient of the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award, Past-President of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) and of the Resource Modeling Association (RMA), and currently lead researcher of the Community Conservation Research Network. Within Canada, Dr. Charles is formerly a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), and was recently both a member of the DFO Science Advisory Council and Founding Director of Canada’s Ocean Management Research Network.
Dr. Charles is an inherently interdisciplinary researcher, building on original training in mathematics, adding elements of ecosystem dynamics, economics and social sciences, and now focusing on governance, management and economics of fisheries and marine social-ecological systems. His contributions are particularly in four key areas: management for sustainability and resilience of fisheries and coasts; uncertainty, climate change and impacts in fisheries and marine systems; human dimensions of the ecosystem approach; and the role of participatory and community-based marine governance.Dr. Charles is the author or co-author of several books, including ‘Sustainable Fishery Systems’, ‘Integrated Fish Farming’, ‘Coastal Fisheries of Latin America and the Caribbean’, ‘Canadian Marine Fisheries in a Changing and Uncertain World’, ‘Human Dimensions of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries’ and ‘Community Fisheries Management Handbook’. He collaborates regularly with the OECD and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and has worked in many regions of the world, notably North America, Latin America and Asia.
Kjartan Hoydal was born in Copenhagen in 1941, but has mainly worked in the Faroe Islands, being of Faroese origin. He graduated in Biology and Marine Ecology from the University of Copenhagen and subsequently specialised in the areas of fish biology, fish stock assessment and fisheries management. Kjartan Hoydal worked as a fisheries assessment scientist for many years. In 1986 he became Head of the Faroese Fisheries Administration and represented the Faroese Government as Head of Delegation, mediator and observer in a variety of negotiations. He led negotiations under the bilateral fisheries agreements between the Faroe Islands and the EU, Iceland, Canada, Greenland, Norway, the Baltic States and the Soviet Union, Russian Federation. Also led negotiations in RFMOs like NASCO, NAFO, NEAFC and NAMMCO. He has worked with ICES as scientist, Chair of ACFM 1982-1983, and ICES fisheries officer 1983-1985, with the Nordic Council of Ministers as Secretary for Nordic Atlantic Cooperation, and served on the board of various institutions, including the Danish Institute of Marine Research and the Faroese Aquaculture Research Station. He chaired the North Atlantic Marine Mammals Commission, NAMMCO and also served as President of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization, NAFO. He was a member of the independent panel that in 2010 advised Scottish Government on the Future of Fisheries Management in Scotland. He worked as Secretary of NEAFC from 2001 - 2011, and during that period participated in UN meetings ( ICP, UNICPOLOS and the Biodiversity Group), the COFI meetings of FAO and subsidiary bodies, and the RSN, the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network. He chaired this network of about 50 regional fishery bodies around the globe 2009 -2011. He also covered meeting in OSPAR and more recently in the CBD. He now works as a consultant and director of the “ Skrivarastova, Fish-and Film” Limited Company”, based in the Faroe Islands.
Richard Kenchington, Professor at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security of the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Mr. Kenchington has published on ecosystem based management of coral reef, coastal and marine ecosystems. He works widely as a consultant and advisor to governments and international agencies.
A marine ecologist, he studied crown of thorns starfish and large scale surveys of the Great Barrier Reef and was a foundation member of the planning and research staff of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in 1978, retiring in 1999 as Executive Director of the Authority.
Jeppe Kolding, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Norway.
Born 1955 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dr. Jeppe Kolding holds a Dr. Scient. Degree in Fisheries from University of Bergen (1994), specializing on the ecology and exploitation of fish in fluctuating tropical freshwater systems. Employed by Department of Biology (http://www.uib.no/bio/en) of the University of Bergen, Norway from 1987-2000 and from 2002 to present, where he has taught and supervised more than 100 fishery students from 39 countries. In 2000-2001 he was employed by the Institute of Marine Research, Centre for Development Cooperation in Fisheries (http://www.imr.no/forskning/bistandsarbeid/en ) where he worked with the R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen programme. He has lived and worked several years in various African countries and has experience from shorter term engagements in more than 25 developing countries all over the world. Primary research interest is fish stock assessment, ecology and management of small-scale tropical fisheries, with particular experience from inland fisheries. Some of his works and publications can be found at: http://uib.academia.edu/JeppeKolding
Mitsutaku Makino, Professor. Fishery research Agency, Japan.
Mitsutaku Makino, M.Phil. (Cambridge), M.A., Ph.D.(Kyoto), is the Head of Fisheries Management Group of the Fisheries Research Agency, Japan. He is specializing in the fisheries and ecosystem-based management policy analysis. He is the Chair of PICES Section on Human Dimensions (SG-HD) and the Vice Chair of PICES Marine Environmental Quality Committee (MEQ). He is also involved in international scholarly programs such as IMBER, etc.. A complete CV and a list of publications can be found at: http://www.k4.dion.ne,jp/~mitsutak/index.htm.
Hazel Oxenford, Professor of marine ecology and fisheries. Centre for Resources Management and environmental Studies (CERMES), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.
Hazel Oxenford has been in Barbados for over 30 years and is currently
Professor of Marine Ecology and Fisheries at the University of the West Indies,
on the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. She is a graduate of Exeter University, UK
and obtained her PhD in fisheries science from the University of the West
Indies in 1985. She has extensive
Caribbean research, teaching and consulting experience. Her research interests
are primarily in applied fisheries biology, coral ecology and management of
oceanic pelagic and coral reef species in Caribbean SIDs, with over 100
publications in the scientific and technical literature. She has served on the
Board of Directors of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) (1987-2005); was a Site Director for the
Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity Programme (CARICOMP) (1991-2008); a Technical
Committee Member of the CARICOM Fisheries Resource Assessment and Management
Programme (CFRAMP) (1995-99); a member of
the Steering Committee for the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME)
project for large pelagics and for flyingfish; an ad hoc reviewer for many
international journals and associate editor for the Bulletin of Marine Science
(2012-2015); and serves on a number of national committees for the Government
of Barbados including: the National Inter-Sectoral Committee (NIC) for the
Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME) project; National Commission on
Sustainable Development; Appointed Chair (2002-03) / Member (2006-present) of
the Fisheries Advisory Committee; Appointed Member of the Working Group on
Biodiversity (2005-present); and Appointed Member of the CITES Management
He has authored more than 200 research papers and authored/edited 18 books.