The function of the Fisheries Development Oversight Committee (FDOC) is to develop the Fishery Peer Review process and fishery approval mechanism for certification, manage technical matters relating to the development, revision and implementation of the fisheries assessment criteria of the MarinTrust Standard, including the technical relevance and appropriateness of the programme for use as a Third Party, Accredited Certification Programme. To support the development and implementation of credible and robust certification standards for the marine ingredients industry that will provide assurance to the global supply chain that all Certified Sites to this programme act in a responsible and ethical manner.


MarinTrust Fisheries Development Oversight Committee Members


Sophie des Clers (fisheries consultant)


  • Stella Bartolini Cavicchi (OceanMind)
  • Francisco Aldon (MarinTrust)
  • Jose Peiro Crespo (Naunet, fisheries consultant)
  • Pedro Veiga (Sustainable Fisheries Partnership)
  • Polly Burns (Marine Stewardship Council) MarinTrust secretariat:
  • Emily McGregor (MarinTrust)

Biographies can be found below.

Sophie Des Clers

Sophie Des Clers

Sophie Des Clers is an independent scientific expert in fisheries management systems. She holds a PhD in Biometrics and an MSc in Public Policy, and has over 30 years' experience in the formulation, monitoring, and evaluation of fisheries and aquaculture projects to build management capacity in the public and the private sector. Sophie is trained in databases, applied statistics, population dynamics, economics, law and public policy. Her past research and consultancy projects have taken her to fishing ports around the EU, UK, Norway, Africa, the North Sea, Mediterranean, Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans and the Caribbean.

Sophie is a qualified MSC auditor (v2.0) and member of the MSC peer review college. She also has delivered MSC auditors’ training workshops in French speaking countries. Since 1998, Sophie has been involved as Team lead or Team member in numerous MSC assessments and pre-assessments responsible for Principle 3 (Governance and management) including herring, blue whiting, sardine, cod, haddock, saithe, sole, lobster, shrimp and whelks, and tuna and billfish fisheries.

Stella Bartolini Cavicchi

Stella Bartolini Cavicchi is a Marine Policy Advisor at OceanMind and uses policy expertise to improve ocean conservation and sustainable use. Stella has a master’s degree from SOAS (University of London) on Environmental Law and Sustainable Development, where she researched the application of an ecosystem approach to high seas fisheries, and a diploma from the International Foundation for the Law of the Sea. Stella has over 10 years of experience of working on ocean governance, fisheries management and international environmental agreements and processes from many different angles: in a regional UN organisation, an RFMO, a national government, a research institute, a think-tank, a non-profit organisation and as an independent policy consultant.

Francisco Aldon


Francisco has been with MarinTrust, the leading Certification Program for Marine Ingredients, from its early development within IFFO (the marine ingredients organisation), to becoming the CEO of MarinTrust in 2020. With over 15 years of experience in the food sector, specialising in marine ingredients, Francisco has unique expertise in responsible sourcing, sustainable production practices, and digital traceability in the marine ingredient supply chain. This expertise in traceability led him to join the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) Supervisory Board, while also contributing to the Technical Committee shaping the GSA Seafood Processing Standard. Since 2014, Francisco has also been focused on fisheries for reduction in South East Asia and Latin America through the MarinTrust Improver Programme, resulting in positive changes at the legislative level of previously struggling fisheries. All of this is part of his overall mission of cementing the future of marine ingredients as vital and sustainable sources of nutrition for the world.

Francisco holds a MSc in Fisheries Engineering from UNALM (Peru) and a MSc in Marine Ecology and Environmental Management from Queen Mary University (London).

Jose Peiro Crespo

Jose Peiro Crespo

Jose Peiro Crespo is a marine biologist with more than 15 years of experience working in fisheries. During his career, he has worked as a fisheries observer, marine researcher, quality control auditor for aquaculture farms, EIA consultant for offshore windfarms, and fisheries and aquaculture consultant. He currently runs his own marine consultancy, Naunet Fisheries Consultants, where he has overall responsibility for the planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation of all the projects. Jose works for the fishing industry, NGOs, government bodies and other marine stakeholders conducting fisheries assessments, providing advice on the sustainable use of marine resources and developing initiatives to improve living conditions in coastal communities in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.

Pedro Veiga

Pedro Veiga

Pedro is a fisheries scientist with over twenty years of experience working on fish population dynamics, recreational and commercial fisheries governance, and seafood sustainability standards. He currently heads the science, data and analysis programme of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s (SFP) Monitoring and Evaluation Unit. SFP is a non for profit focused on engaging and catalyzing global seafood supply chains in rebuilding depleted fish stocks globally and reducing the environmental impacts of fishing and fish farming. In recent years, part of Pedro’s work has been focused on research and data analysis related to SFP’s Target 75 initiative, which aims at ensuring 75% of world production in key sectors is – at a minimum – either sustainable (i.e., certified by the MSC program, or green-listed in SFP’s Metrics tool) or making regular, verifiable improvements. Pedro is the project leader of the Fishery Improvement Projects Database (FIP-DB), which is maintained by the Hilborn lab at the University of Washington (UW) and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). Pedro is also a permanent member of the ICES Working Group on Recreational Fisheries Surveys (WGRFS) and in the data committee of the Certifications and Ratings collaboration.

Polly Burns

Polly’s background is mainly focussed on seafood certification schemes and has been a member of the FDOC since 2021.

Polly has a degree in Marine Science from the Scottish Association for Marine Science in Oban, and having grown up in Scotland spent a lot of time by and in the sea. Previous experiences involve research and conservation of salmon on the River Spey, and working with the Scottish aquaculture industry to manage interactions with wild salmon. Polly spent nearly 5 years overseeing the fisheries and aquaculture audits across the seafood supply chain (including MainTrust) at Lloyd’s Register. Polly is now Head of Fisheries Standard Policy at the Marine Stewardship Council where she oversees policy development relating to scheme requirements and processes.

Fisheries Assessment Peer Review Group

Fisheries Assessment Peer Review Group Fisheries Assessment Peer Review Group (FAPRG) members review the fisheries assessment decisions taken by certification bodies (CB), to ensure that the interpretations are in line with the objectives of the MarinTrust standard.

FAPRG members have a sound understanding of the MarinTrust Standard, fisheries science, fishmeal manufacturing, the food supply chain and environmental conservation. Advice on specific matters is also sought from fisheries scientists, when needed.

The FAPRG provides reassurance that the MarinTrust programme for assessment and approval of raw material used by the global marine ingredient manufacturing industry is credible and robust.

The outcome is assurance for the supply chain that raw materials from MarinTrust certified factories come from a responsibly managed fishery that has no risk of IUU activity within it.

Key Activities:

  • Determine if a fishery meets the MarinTrust Standard
  • Provide opinions on the conclusions reached by the CB in the fisheries assessment
  • Comment on each clause’s score and rationale
  • Provide input to the procedures and guidelines

Members of the Fisheries Peer Review:

  • José Peiró Crespo - Naunet Fisheries Consultants/ United Kingdom
  • RS Standards/ United Kingdom
  • Kate Morris/ United Kingdom
  • Mariano Gutiérrez Torero - Profesor de Acústica Submarina en Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal/ Peru