Fisheries Improvement Manager
As IPNLF Fisheries Improvement Manager, Craig is working on fisheries development projects and policy work and will provide technical and on-the-ground assistance wherever needed. Craig’s early interest in fish and fisheries began with an obsession with freshwater angling as a child. This combined with his love of all things natural world inspired him to study zoology at the university of Exeter, Falmouth Campus. During his studies he was lucky enough to volunteer on a North Sea Ground Fish Survey onboard the RV CEFAS Endeavour. Craig was also active in the sea turtle conservation community and his early career took him to North Cyprus, Cayman Islands, Bali and Oman. It is in Oman where Craig became more deeply involved in fisheries.
Craig has diverse and valuable experience in-the-field and at-sea and a passionate interest in the triple-bottom-line potential of one-by-one fisheries. He has helped pioneer a community fisheries program on Masirah Island Oman, working with local fishermen to investigate sea-turtle and cetacean bycatch. Craig also voluntarily went to sea with the fishermen (potentially the first observer to do so), spending up to 9 days at a time onboard traditional Omani dhows and gained a unique insight into artisanal fishing operations and the living conditions of migrant workers onboard, whilst collecting vital bycatch and discards data.
Craig subsequently became an observer on the Indian Ocean Tuna Transhipment program spending more than 2 months at-sea and trained as an observer for the CCAMLR toothfish and Antarctic Krill observer programs. Most recently, before joining IPNLF Craig returned to Oman to leverage his unique relationship with the fishing community of Masirah Island to coordinate a ghost gear collection pilot study on behalf of The Environment Society of Oman. The project used a pioneering social marketing tool (community-based-social-marketing) to engage the fishing community and encourage the disposal of harmful ghost fishing gear on land, rather than at sea, as well as the collection of fishing gear which had accumulated on the turtle nesting beaches.
My life and career has all been leading up to becoming more and more involved in the multidisciplined world of small scale fisheries. It is my passionate belief that one-by-one fisheries have the potential to deliver triple bottom line performance, providing environmental, social and economic benefits. It is through working with IPNLF and our shared goals and values, that I hope to realise some of that potential through the development of sustainable, one-by-one fisheries and appropriate value chains. I wholeheartedly support the mission of IPNLF and see one-by-one fisheries development as critical to meeting the pressing environmental and social issues facing our planet.”