Alliance FIP Guidelines Update

Wednesday, November 16 from 3:30-4:45pm ET

Join us for a discussion on the state of the Alliance FIP Guidelines, the FisheryProgress Social Responsibility Policy, and how they are impacting work on the water.

Ryan Bigelow

Project Director, Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions

As Project Director, Ryan leads the Alliance’s multi-stakeholder work focused on creating solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the responsible seafood movement. Ryan spent ten years with the Monterey Bay Aquarium where he managed the Seafood Watch program, leading communications, NGO engagement, and online strategies. Before joining our movement, Ryan lived in Japan, translating and interpreting for the Japanese government. Ryan has a BA in Japanese Studies and an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Elena Finkbeiner

Coastal Community Fisheries Program Manager, Conservation International

Elena is the Coastal Community Fisheries Program Manager within Conservation International’s Center for Oceans. She is also Assistant Adjunct Faculty within UCSC’s Coastal Science and Policy graduate program. She is interested in understanding and improving adaptive capacity and equity within and across fishing communities and integrating a human rights-based approach to fisheries governance. Elena holds a PhD from Stanford University and a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University.

Gabriela Mc Lean

Deputy Executive Director, CeDePesca

Gabriela Mc Lean is Deputy Executive Director for CeDePesca, a Latin American NGO, since 2009. During her tenure, she has offered specialized technical advice to CeDePesca’s staff and to its partners in seven countries in the region, on the design and implementation of more than a dozen Fishery Improvement Projects. Prior to dedicating herself to supporting Latin American fisheries in their quest for sustainability, Gabriela worked at the Authority for Aquatic Resources in Panama, her home country, as Chief of the Department of Evaluation of Aquatic Resources for two years. She graduated with honors from the University of Panama with a degree in Mathematics, and later specialized in Marine Fisheries at the National University of Mar del Plata in Argentina, where she lived for seven years.

Jeremy Rude

FisheryProgress Program Manager, FishChoice

Jeremy ensures that the information on FisheryProgress is consistent, accurate, and credible. He works with the implementers of Fishery Improvement Projects to share their status and progress with potential buyers, so that buyers can make informed seafood sourcing choices. Jeremy has 10 years of experience in marine science and conservation, with specialized experience in fisheries management, strategy development, and data analysis. He holds a Master’s degree in Coastal Marine Resource Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara.