Session 10 panelists

Bios of the panelists for Session 10: Rethinking sustainability for seafood?!: The need for systematic transformation in global fisheries – a call for novel technological and organisational perspectives.

Prof. Marko Lindroos (Mr.) currently works at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Helsinki. He is the head of the department since 2018. His educational background is PhD at Helsinki School of Economics (major subject: economics). He has worked in the field of international of international fisheries agreements for 25 years. He has been leading several international projects, including EU and Academy of Finland projects. His main research areas are international fisheries agreements and numerical bioeconomic modelling. Currently he is in the editorial board of Natural Resource Modeling and Marine Policy. He is a coauthor of the Game theory and fisheries management book published by Springer:

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Philipp Kanstinger, Ph.D.

WWF Germany
International WWF-Centre for Marine Conservation

Dr. Philipp Kanstinger directs efforts toward creating sustainable fisheries and aquaculture for WWF-Germany. He has specific technical expertise in the requirements of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification programs. Philipp supports the fishery sustainability efforts of WWF’s seafood corporate partners, engages in MSC fishery assessments and policy consultations, and contributes to other benchmark initiatives such as WWF’s seafood guides. Philipp has worked for WWF since 2012. Prior to joining WWF, he worked for the Fisheries Department of the University of Hamburg and was CEO of datadiving, a company specialized in scientific research diving at offshore windfarms. Philipp has a Ph.D. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Hamburg, where he studied the impacts of climate change on small pelagic fish species.

Stephen Stohs, Ph.D.

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Fisheries Resources Division
Expertise:  Natural resource economics, statistics, and conservation
Taxa/species:  Highly migratory finfish and bycatch species which occur in highly migratory species fisheries

Dr. Stephen Stohs is an economist in the Fisheries Resources Division at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, La Jolla Laboratory. He has a PhD in Environmental and Natural Resources Economics from UC Berkeley. He serves as economist and co-chair on the Highly Migratory Species Management Team, an advisory body to the Pacific Fishery Management Council. He served on an expert panel for a Storied Seafood: California Swordfish event held at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific to discuss conservation and economic issues in the California swordfish fishery. His research interests include the economic impacts of unilateral regulation on transboundary fisheries and statistical inference of rare event protected species bycatch risk.

Panel Chair

Sarah Mesnick, PhD

Ecologist and Science Liaison

Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Adjunct Professor
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

Sarah Mesnick is an Ecologist and Science Liaison at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries, and Adjunct Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.  Her research focuses on the conservation and management of open ocean vertebrates. More recently, she has turned her attention to projects linking sustainable fisheries with equitable, sustainable and resilient seafood systems. She works strategically with fishers, chefs and processors to evaluate opportunities for market- and incentive-based approaches, with projects focused on reducing bycatch, minimizing waste, and promoting full utilization while increasing value for local communities. Sarah serves on the International Whaling Commission’s Expert Panel on Bycatch Mitigation and the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita. She is a founding member of FishfulFuture, a collaborative effort to support fishing communities by changing the way the supply chain views seafood byproducts, and the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC) at Scripps, where she leads the Sustainable Seafood Initiative.