Martin Purves

Martin Purves

Managing Director

Martin brings a wealth of experience to the IPNLF, having previously worked as a sea-going observer, fisheries scientist, resource manager as well as doing consulting work on numerous international fisheries projects. Before joining the IPNLF team as Fisheries Development Director in July 2015, Martin led the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Southern Africa Programme for 7 years after establishing the first African office of this leading fisheries certification and eco-labelling program back in 2008. 

He started his career working on fishing vessels in the Southern Ocean and later represented South Africa on the Scientific Committee of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) where he also led the Commission’s first working group on IUU fishing.  As a resource manager at the fisheries department in South Africa he was responsible for providing management advice as well as managing the observer program and the VMS of the Patagonian toothfish fishery.  

Martin spent time on a range of research and commercial fishing vessels in the Southern, Indian and Atlantic Oceans as well as the Gulfs of Alaska and Oman and gained valuable pole-and-line experience as a Cruise Leader in the Regional Tuna Tagging Project for the Indian Ocean,  managed by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC).

He worked as a consultant for more than 6 years, firstly for the UK-based Marine Resources Assessment Group (MRAG) and later for the South African-based Capfish.  At the MSC he served on their internal Tuna Working Group and worked extensively with tuna fisheries in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

Martin obtained his MSc degree from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.