Haritz Arrizabalaga has a PhD in Marine Science and is the Principal Investigator at AZTI Tecnalia (Basque Country, Spain), where he leads research projects about tuna fisheries and population dynamics since 1999.
Dr. Arrizabalaga has participated in over 20 national and international research projects, where he has coordinated large consortiums such as the ICCAT-GBYP biological sampling and analysis program. He has been an active member of the Standing Committee for Research and Statistics (SCRS) of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) for the last 14 years. He has chaired the SCRS Subcommittee on Ecosystems between 2006 and 2010, and he is the current chair of the albacore tuna working group. He has also participated in the Scientific Committee of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) between 2000-2002. His main research areas include tuna stock assessment and management, stock structure, environmental influence on population dynamics, habitat use, migrations and ecology. He regularly supervises master and PhD students and has published more than 20 peer reviewed papers, co-edited one book and contributed over 40 working documents in both ICCAT and IOTC.