Tony Lewis has a PhD in population genetics and ecology of tunas, and he has over 40 years of research experience in the study of tuna and related species.
Dr. Lewis’ research experience covers the biology, ecology and management of tunas and associated species, including tuna baitfish, throughout the WCPO region, including the Pacific Islands and SE Asia, with long term employment in fisheries administrations in Papua New Guinea, Fiji and New Caledonia. He has served as chief scientist/manager of the Oceanic Fisheries Programme at SPC from 1988-2002, which produces regular assessments of skipjack, yellowfin, bigeye and albacore tunas and is now the contracted science provider to the WCPFC. Since 2003, he has been working as an independent fisheries consultant in the WCPO region, and is regularly contracted by regional agencies to undertake work across a wide range of fisheries topics. Recent work has included a global tuna trade study, national tuna management plan development, MSC assessment and FIP preparation, EU derogation review, GEF project preparation and provision of technical advice to projects, large scale tuna tagging programme coordination, tuna fishery statistical reviews and fishery strategic planning.