FEG Composition

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.

FEG Bureau

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Chair: Serge M. Garcia, Director (retired), FAO Fisheries Management Division. grcsgm@gmail.com

Dr. Serge Michel GARCIA is French, born in Algeria in 1945. He holds a Doctorate in Sciences of the University of Marseille (France, 1976) and specialized in shrimp population dynamics and tropical fisheries management. He worked in West Africa from 1968 to 1979 for the French Institute of Research for Development, IRD (formerly ORSTOM). He joined the FAO Fisheries Department in 1979 where he was successively responsible for West African fisheries resources, Head of the Marine Resources Service and Director of the Fisheries Management Division. He contributed,inter alia, to the conception and development of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and promoted the adoption and implementation of the precautionary and the ecosystem approaches to fisheries. He initiated the development of the Fisheries Global Information System (FIGIS) and conceived and led the development of the UN Atlas of the Oceans (http://www.oceansatlas.com). He retired from FAO in March 2007. He was a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Census of Marine Life (CoML) and of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) Board. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the French Institute for Research and Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), the Board of the European Bureau for Conservation and Development (EBCD) and he co-founded and chairs the Fisheries Expert Group of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management.

Publications by Serge M Garcia


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Vice-Chair: James (Jake) Rice, National Senior Advisor. Ecosystem Sciences Branch. Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. ricej@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Dr. Jake Rice is National Senior Advisor – Ecosystem Sciences, for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. He spent 11 years as Director of Peer Review and Science Advice for DFO. Prior to that he had senior positions in Pacific Region and Newfoundland Region. He has held faculty positions at Memorial University, Arizona State University, and University of Copenhagen. He received his B Sc. from Cornell (1970 – Conservation) and Ph. D. from University of Toronto (1974 – Ornithology). Jake has more than 200 publications in the scientific and technical literature, covering many aspects of what is now considered the ecosystem approach to integrated management. This work has included investigation of objective methods for choosing informative ecosystem indicators, setting ecologically based reference levels on indicators, and strategies for conducting ecosystem assessments that are integrated across ecosystem processes, industry sectors, and ecological, social, and economic aspects of policy and management. His primary duties now are as science advisor to the DFO International Policy group, and with substantial involvement in negotiations of international marine policy at UN Working Groups, FAO, CBD, and related bodies. He is a member of the Group of Experts for the UN Regular Process for Global Marine Assessments, and is one of the Lead Authors for a chapter on Drivers, Trends and Mitigation, for the next IPCC Assessment Report. He has chaired more than a dozen major DFO science planning or review committees, served on the NOAA Science Advisory Board and the External Ecosystem Review Team, participated in and often chaired expert groups for ICES, PICES, FAO, IOC, CBD, MSC, the UN Group of Experts for the Assessment of Assessments, the UN Regular Process for Global Marine Assessments, nad is Vice-Chair of the IUCN-CEM Fisheries Expert Group .

Publications by Jake Rice

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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 members

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Johan C. Augustyn, Chief Director, Marine and Coastal Management Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. Pretoria, South Africa. Johannau@daff.gov.za

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).

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Serge Beslier, Former official of the European Commission, DG MARE. serge.beslier@yahoo.fr

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).

Publications by Serge Beslier

Anthony Charles

A.T. Charles, Professor, School of Business and School of the Environment, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Tony.Charles@smu.ca

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.


Richard Kenchington, Professor at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security of the University of Wollongong, Australia. rkenchin@uow.edu.au

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. jeppe.kolding@bio.uib.no

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

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Mitsutaku Makino, Professor. Fishery research Agency, Japan. mmakino@affrc.go.jp

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.


Bonnie McCay, Chair, Dept. Human Ecology, School of Env. & Biol. Sciences. Rutgers the State University, USA.  mccay@AESOP.rutgers.edu

 Ms McCay is Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where she chairs the Department of Human Ecology. She currently serves on the Scientific and Statistical Committee for the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and heads the Resource Policy Committee of the American Fisheries Society. Her graduate training was in anthropology at Columbia University (PhD 1976), and her research and teaching have focused on challenges and policies for managing marine resources, particularly fisheries. Ms McCay has done field research in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, Canada, in New Jersey, and in Baja California, Mexico, with funding from the National Science Foundation, the New Jersey Sea Grant College Program, and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Her books include “The Question of the Commons,” “Oyster Wars and the Public Trust,” and “Enclosing the Commons.”

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Robin Mahon, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, St. Michael, Barbados.
Robin Mahon (BSC University of the West Indies, MSc, PhD University of Guelph) is Professor Emeritus at the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. Before joining CERMES in 2003 he worked for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, FAO, the CARICOM Fisheries Programme and as a consultant. His interests and research are on marine resource governance, particularly assessment of governance arrangements for transboundary systems. This includes governance architecture for sustainable use of transboundary living marine resources at the regional or Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) level, in particular the Caribbean LME. Prof. Mahon is has also been actively involved in development and assessment of small-scale fisheries in the Wider Caribbean Region. Most recently he has been involved in assessing governance arrangements for ABNJ.

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Quentin Hanich, Director of the Fisheries Governance Research Program at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong

Quentin Hanich leads the Fisheries Governance Research Program at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, and consults for various international organisations and national governments on fisheries governance and marine conservation in the Pacific islands region. He has a strong research and consulting background and has worked widely throughout the Asia Pacific region. He has extensive project management and research experience in fisheries governance, marine conservation, and fisheries management and development.

Dr Hanich has a passionate interest in ocean governance and leads an international research partnership studying innovative approaches to distributing fisheries conservation reductions across multiple States, and a long term community fisheries management project in Kiribati. In addition to his research and project activities, he has chaired international working groups at treaty meetings, facilitated inter-governmental workshops, advised Ministerial meetings and national delegations. He also lectures and writes on oceans governance, international fisheries, marine conservation, and fisheries development in the Asia Pacific region.

Michel J. Kaiser,  Professor of Marine Conservation Ecology at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University

Michel Kaiser is the Professor of Marine Conservation Ecology at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University. He is an independent Member of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, the UK Marine Science Coordination Committee, and he chairs the Seafish Industry Authority’s Science Advisory Group. He co-convened the 6th World Fisheries Congress in 2012. After gaining his Ph.D. in 1991, he joined CEFAS to lead research on the effects of human activities (fishing and aquaculture) on the marine environment. He joined Bangor University in 1998 where he has expanded these interests to encompass social and economic consequences of different approaches of managing fishing activities. Michel was awarded a D.Sc. in 2003 in Marine Biology, and was awarded the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) medal in 2004 for his contribution to fish and fisheries research. He was awarded a personal Chair in Marine Conservation Ecology in 2006. He has authored over 180 peer reviewed publications and has written or edited 5 books.

His current research focuses on techniques to achieve sustainable use of the marine environment, with a particular emphasis on developing techniques to minimize ecological impacts of fisheries and aquaculture, and research to underpin the appropriate use of marine protected areas. The latter focuses on recovery and dispersal dynamics in seabed communities and integration of spatial social and economic valuation of marine biodiversity. His research group provides scientific advice to the Welsh Government and the Isle of Man Government.

Senior Advisers

The Senior Advisors are former members of FEG that have been asked by the FEG Bureau, and have kindly agreed, to continue their collaboration with FEG after the end of their membership.


Annadel S. Cabanban  annadel.cabanban@yahoo.com.sg

Member 2008-2015

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.


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@cavehill.uwi. edu

Member 2008-2015

Dr 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 Authority (2005-present).

Publications by Hazel Oxenford

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Qisheng Tang, Professor. Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS), China. ysfri@public.qd.sd.cn

Member 2008-2015

 Prof. Qisheng TANG is a member of the governing board of Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), vice chairman of Chinese Association for Science and Technology, deputy director of Commission of Science & Technology of Ministry of Agriculture of China, chairman of Shandong Association for Science & Technology, honorable president of CAFS,director emeritus of YSFRI, member of IOC consultative committee on Large Marine Ecosystems, adviser of Center of Chinese Academy of Sciences-Peking University on climate change, and professor on marine fishery and ecology at Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute (YSFRI) of Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS).Prof Tang is mainly focused on the research field of marine fishery and ecology. He devoted a lot of time to the development and sustainable utilization of living marine resources study. He is the pioneer of marine ecosystem research in China and developed the concept of Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs). He participated in the formulation of the Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics (GLOBEC) implementation plan and promoted the GLOBEC research in China. He proposed the new concept on stock resources, genetic resources and product resources, as well as Blue Ocean Food Plan and its corresponding development strategy. He advanced the suggestion of aquatic biological resources protection against desertification of aquatic ecology. The suggestion leads to formed ultimately the first national life resources conservation plan promulgated by the State Council–Program of Action on the Conservation of Living Aquatic Resources of China. Recently, he brought forward the idea of carbon fishery promoting fishery, particularly aquaculture to develop towards the green direction and low carbon industry.Prof. Tang directed and completed more than 10 national important research projects. Among them, 4 projects are granted the second prize of National Award for Progress in Science and Technology and one for the third prize, and other six projects won provincial and ministerial science and technology awards. He published more than 290 papers and books, and achieved 19 national, provincial and ministerial honorary titles.