The International Pole & Line Foundation is pleased to welcome two new experts to their Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC): Dr. Dale Squires and Dr. Kate Barclay, both of whom are from socio-economic backgrounds, bringing a fresh perspective to the work of the Foundation.
Dr. Squires brings a wealth of diverse expertise on global tuna industry, ranging from small scale to industrial fisheries. He comments:
“I’m excited to be joining IPNLF’s Advisory Committee at a time when the Foundation’s work is growing in reach and impact. Shaping the future of pole and line fisheries could contribute significantly to a better way of life for coastal fishermen worldwide – I’m interested in being a part of that.
As a senior scientist with US NOAA Fisheries, an Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego, and a member of ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee, Dr Squires will be a valued member of the team.
As will Dr. Kate Barclay - a specialist in fisheries social science. Currently an active researcher at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, she has undertaken work for a wide array of bodies and stakeholders, including the UNDP, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, WWF and the European Parliament.
“I’m keen to use my understanding of small scale fishing communities and fisheries governance to inform the future direction of the Foundation. We need pole and line caught tuna to benefit fishermen as well as consumers. Through continuing to work with coastal fishing communities – using the same approach that IPNLF has taken so far – we can bring benefits to families who depend heavily upon sustainable fisheries for their health, wellbeing and livelihoods.”
In 2013, working with Greenpeace, Dr Barclay published a series of recommendations to improve and develop small-scale tuna fisheries (including pole-and-line fisheries) throughout the Pacific nations. Her current work, integrating social, ecological and economic aspects of fisheries, is expected to provide a comprehensive evidence base for natural resource management.
"The Foundation is honored to welcome both Dr Squires And Dr Barclay to our Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee. We look forward to working with them closely over the coming years to the benefit of fisheries near and far", said Dr. Shiham Adam, Chair of the IPNLF STAC.
Find out more about IPNLF's Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC).