Dr Tony Lewis has over 40 years experience in all aspects of the tuna industry, originally in the Pacific Islands then South East Asia and later globally. He initially worked on the biology, ecology and management of tunas and associated species, including tuna baitfish, throughout the WCPO region, including the Pacific Islands and SE Asia.
Tony has a PhD on the population genetics and ecology of tunas, and served as from 1988-2002 as Chief Scientist/Manager of the Oceanic Fisheries Programme at SPC, Noumea. He has enjoyed long-term employment in fisheries administrations in Papua New Guinea, Fiji and New Caledonia, and served as Managing Director of the PNG National Fisheries Authority in 2002-2003.
Since 2003, he has worked as an independent fisheries consultant, and is regularly contracted by regional and international agencies and industry bodies to undertake work across a wide range of fisheries issues. 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, provision of technical advice to projects, large scale tuna tagging programme coordination, tuna fishery statistical reviews, fishery strategic planning and tuna bycatch policy. He maintains a strong interest in the seagoing/field aspects of tuna fisheries and typically spends several months each year at sea.
Pole-and-line fishing faces many challenges to maintain its position at the forefront of sustainable tuna fishing supplying a growing market, to the ultimate benefit of coastal communities. I hope to be able to contribute to finding some of those solutions.