Fisheries Development Oversight Committee

Main Objective

The function of the 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.

Key Activities

  • Rigour: Develop the Fisheries Peer Review Process and fishery approval mechanism based on applicant fishery, member and environmental insight of the Marine Ingredient Industry. Provide knowledge and guidance that will contribute to accurate interpretation and alignment of MarinTrust fishery criteria for assessment and approval purposes.
  • Relevance: To develop the MarinTrust Fishery approval mechanism procedures so they remain relevant to current practice and market requirements and approval by the MarinTrust GBC.
  • Improvement: Provide advice by way of decisions, proceedings, and meeting minutes to the MarinTrust GBC on any amendments considered to be necessary or desirable to ensure the accuracy, relevance and credibility of the programme.
  • Credibility and legitimacy: Provide input and advice on documents prepared on the MarinTrust Fishery Peer Review and approval process, technical interpretation and guidance documentation used during fishery assessments as the MarinTrust Certification Programme develops and evolves.
  • Incorporate improved scientific understanding and fisheries management practice into the standard; Monitor any changes to the relative Normative documents or newly issued FAO guidance relevant to fishery assessments, other relevant fishery standards and legislative documentation that are used in the MarinTrust programme and incorporate the required amendments into the MarinTust Fishery Assessment Criteria.

MarinTrust Fisheries Development Oversight Committee Members:

Chair:

  • Sophie Des Clers (Fisheries Consultant)

Members:

  • Francisco Aldon (MarinTrust)
  • Ernesto Godelman (CeDePesca)
  • Bradley Soule (Ocean Mind)
  • Jose Peiro Crespo (Naunet – Fisheries Consultants)
  • Søren Anker Pedersen (Marine Ingredients Denmark & EUfishmeal)
  • Emily McGregor (MSC)
  • Pedro Veiga (Sustainable Fisheries Partnership)

MarinTrust secretariat:

  • Deirdre Hoare (MarinTrust)

Biographies can be found below.

Bradley Soule

Bradley Soule

Bradley Soule has been living or working on the sea throughout his life, with a professional focus on the conservation of fishery resources for future generations. He grew up on the shores of Chesapeake Bay in the U.S. sailing and doing volunteer outreach for conservation organizations. He took this marine interest into the U.S. Coast Guard where he served on a variety of ships, including as a captain, and specialized in fisheries compliance and management in waters from Alaska to Hawaii to supporting developing countries around the world. Bradley was INTERPOL’s first Criminal Intelligence Officer focused on fisheries crime, helping establish international intelligence operations and capacity building focused on compliance in fisheries. After leaving INTERPOL, Bradley brought his understanding of maritime risks and compliance to the organization that would become OceanMind, an organization he co-founded that is driving change through supporting governments as well as through the private sector by helping buyers to encourage transparent and legal supply chains.

Deirdre Hoare

Deirdre Hoare is a fisheries scientist with over 15 years of experience in a wide range of projects associated with marine biodiversity and the sustainable use of living aquatic resources. Her current role is Fisheries Science Manager for MarinTrust. Her principal area of expertise is in relation to stock assessment and ecosystem impacts of both artisanal and commercial fisheries. Her work in MarinTrust involves development of the MarinTrust Standard Criteria for the main standard and the multispecies pilot project. Deirdre is also a member of the Marine Stewardship Councils Peer Review College. Prior to this she worked as a Fisheries Assessment Analyst and as a Scientific and Technical Officer for the Marine Institute in Ireland. This work involved fisheries research and stock assessment for ICES working groups. The work also involved coordination and management of a Fisher Self sampling program in the Irish Sea, with particular emphasis on spatial and temporal discard measurement tools. As well as having worked as a researcher, she completed many trips on commercial fishing vessels in the capacity of scientific observer in the NAFO area, North West Atlantic and Irish Coast. Deirdre has also worked as an assessor for various Certification Bodies in FAO Responsible Fisheries Management and Marine Stewardship Council assessments in Iceland, Alaska, Russia, Germany and Ireland.

Deirdre Hoare

Emily McGregor

Emily McGregor

Emily McGregor is the Marine Stewardship Council’s senior program review manager where she is currently responsible for managing and delivering the review and revision of MSC’s Fisheries Standard. Emily is a multidisciplinary environmental scientist. She holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town with a specialisation in ecosystem approaches to fisheries management and facilitating multi-stakeholder processes.

Ernesto Godelman

Executive Director and Founder of CeDePesca, Ernesto Godelman MSc is a former Technical Coordinator of the National Directorate of Fisheries in Argentina, former MSC representative for Latin America, and former SFP director for South and Central America. His current position helps to connect seafood supply chains interested in sustainable procurement, with fisheries improvement projects for industrial and small scale fisheries (FIPs). Ernesto is involved with 14 such projects around the world, and with improvements projects for marine ingredients fisheries such as Peruvian anchovy and Panama small pelagics.

Francisco Aldon

Francisco Aldon MSc, joined IFFO in 2010 and became Head of Operations at the MarinTrust in 2015, when it became an independent body before promoting to Chief Executive Office in 2019.  He is also Chair of the MarinTrust Technical Committee and the Improvers Programme Committee. 

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.

Jose Peiro Crespo

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.

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.

Sophie Des Clers

Søren Anker Pedersen

Søren Anker Pedersen is chief biologist at Marine Ingredients Denmark since 2015. He has a wide practical experience in marine ecology, covering more than 20 years of research in Greenland, Norwegian and Danish waters. His research includes zooplankton studies, recruitment processes for fish and shrimp, stock assessments of fish, shrimp and scallops, ecosystem modeling, as well as the effects of climate, ocean currents and fishing on the evolution of marine ecosystems. He was Professional Officer at ICES for 8 years e.g. as coordinator for the EMPAS project "Environmentally sound fisheries management in protected areas" and the ICES Training Programme. His Ph.D. thesis “Mortality on northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) and species interactions on the offshore West Greenland shrimp grounds” is from University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1995.