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Seminars 2015: "Working with fishermen to recover the world’s fisheries: lessons from around the world

  • Embassy of Spain 2375 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC, 20037 United States (map)

As part of ECUSA Seminars 2015 sponsored by Fundación Ramón ArecesFECYT  and Embassy of Spain it is a pleasure to present:

"Working with fishermen to recover the world's fisheries: lessons from around the world"

Carmen Revenga

Fisheries Strategy Lead, The Nature Conservancy

This free public lecture is open to professionals and members of the general public  interested in science, in general, and in the environment and nature conservancy in  particular. This program will be in English and refreshments will be served.

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The Nature Conservancy believes that what the world needs most are successful examples of fisheries reform that put fisheries on the path to sustainability and increase the supply of sustainable fish in the market place. Many groups have worked on creating the demand for sustainable seafood, but the supply is not readily available.  Successful examples of fisheries reform, like the one pioneered by the Conservancy in California where it purchased permits and redeployed them for fishing with sustainable practices, demonstrates that we can change the business model to increase the supply of sustainable fish while meeting marine conservation objectives and sustaining profitable fishing business.  

Carmen will present some of the Conservancy’s projects from around the world focusing on case studies from Chile, Palau, Indonesia and the United States.  The Nature Conservancy’s experience has proven that initiatives led from within the fishing sector, by fishermen themselves, can accelerate conservation and fisheries reform. The influence of industry on government regulators and other decision makers is generally far greater than that of outside organizations. Furthermore, when these fisher-led reform projects are successful, other fishing communities and companies quickly emulate these practices. In this way, the Conservancy can implement change in a cost-effective manner across multiple locations. We believe this is the fastest and most efficient way to move fisheries reform to the scale necessary to rebuild and recover fish stocks. 


Carmen Revenga is a Senior Scientist with the Global Marine Team at The Nature Conservancy, where she leads the Nature Conservancy’s Sustainable Fisheries Strategy.  She has more than 15 years of experience working on linking science and policy to improve the management of marine fisheries and freshwater resources. She has published a number of influential books and scientific papers relating to the condition of marine and inland fisheries and freshwater ecosystems, including the report titled: Fishing for Answers: Making sense of the global fish crisis (WRI 2004) which was used as the basis for a Bill Moyer’s PBS special feature on overfishing. Before joining the Conservancy, Carmen worked for the World Resources Institute in Washington DC. She holds degrees in Zoology and Conservation Biology from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain and the University of Maryland.  She has been involved in multiple global assessments including the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the World Water Development Report and the 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership. She is based out of Arlington, Virginia TNC offices.