Jim Cannon is CEO and founder of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership.
Jim has worked on fisheries, forestry, and conservation issues in Asia, Europe, and the Americas for more than three decades, and was named Intrafish’s “Person of the Year” in 2009. From 1997 to 2006, Jim headed the economics program and then the policy center at Conservation International. He has advised McDonald’s on its fish sourcing guidelines and annual sourcing evaluations since 2002, has advised Walmart on seafood sustainability since 2004, and served on the Marine Stewardship Council’s Technical Advisory Board from 2005 to 2008. Jim studied ecology at Cambridge University, as well as environmental economics, management, and fisheries at London’s Imperial College. In the late 1990s, he edited the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s World Review of Marine Fisheries.
Jim founded SFP in 2006 and is based in the US, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Purbasari “Sari” Surjadi ensures that strategies and deliverables throughout the SFP team are well-communicated and managed effectively so that staff are able to focus on delivering their main goals. Sari also oversees the Monitoring & Evaluation team, which focuses on projects, grants, seafood sectors, board indicators, and tracking general progress of seafood sustainability movements outside SFP. She also serves as Country Director for SFP Indonesia.
Prior to SFP, Sari was the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund grant manager for Sumatra, where she managed a grant portfolio of $10 million and gained extensive experience in running small grants programs for local NGOs. Sari was also deputy director of Conservation International Indonesia for five years. She has a BS in marine biology and an MS in coastal zone management, and led several marine projects in Indonesia.
Sari is based in Indonesia, in Jakarta, West Java.
Andrei Klimenko oversees the Operations team, including the Finance, Development, Human Resources, and IT departments, and develops and supports institutional strategy and governance.
Andrei has more than 25 years of experience in commercial fisheries, conservation, and the energy sector. He has fished commercially in Alaska, the Bering Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean; led Wild Salmon Center’s Kamchatka Russia and government relations programs; and worked in strategic planning at Vestas Wind Systems. Andrei earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, with a concentration in natural resource and environmental management, and a BA in geography from Clark University.
Andrei is based in the US, in Portland, Oregon.
Blake Lee-Harwood ensures that SFP’s programs are designed to increase environmental and social sustainability. He oversees the Programs division, comprising Global Policy, Global Markets, and Global Fisheries, and directs the strategy and implementation of activities that relate to making fishing and aquaculture more sustainable.
Before SFP, Blake worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK government on climate advocacy and consulted for many international companies on sustainability issues. Previously, Blake worked with Greenpeace UK from 1999-2007 as a campaign director, developing national and international advocacy strategies around climate change and sustainable development. He has worked in senior positions for most of Britain’s environmental campaigning groups, including as head of the industry campaign at Friends of the Earth, as senior communicator for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and also as a television producer and media director on development issues. He has both a BSc and an MSc in biological sciences.
Blake is based in the UK, in London, England.
Enrique Alonso is responsible for managing SFP’s field programs that focus on wild-capture fisheries in Latin America and Southeast Asia. He leads global initiatives that promote improvements in small-scale fisheries and engages the seafood supply chain to foster policy change in national and regional fisheries, while supporting SFP's overall strategy for improvements in other fisheries.
Enrique is a social scientist with extensive experience in fisheries, both as a researcher and a practitioner. Prior to joining SFP, he worked as a Technical Advisor for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Program for South and Southeast Asia in Timor-Leste, and conducted consultancies for a number of international organizations, such as the FAO and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Before his current position, he led the Latin America Fisheries program at SFP. Enrique has an MSc in coastal and marine sustainable systems management and a PhD in social and cultural anthropology from the University of A Coruña in Spain.
Enrique is based in Galicia, Spain.
Kathryn Novak leads all of the SFP activities related to protecting marine biodiversity and currently has a focus on the bycatch of endangered, threatened, and protected species. She leads a program of work that fuses science, communications, and industry engagement to allow the seafood sector to become a powerful protector of ocean wildlife.
Previously, Kathryn worked at the Ocean Conservancy and helped to initiate some of the early improvement projects in the US Gulf of Mexico. She is a certified ESG Practitioner with the Center for Sustainability Excellence (CSE). Kathryn has a BA in communications from the State University of New York at Albany.
Kathryn is based in the US, near Orlando, Florida.
Ian Rolmanis is responsible for leading SFP’s global partnerships program, supporting partners to make improvements in their seafood supply chains.
Ian has been part of the SFP Markets Team since 2015. Before coming to SFP, Ian managed Chinook salmon hatcheries and selective breeding programs in New Zealand for some of the world’s largest Chinook salmon producers. He was also involved in various new product launches into the US markets. While in New Zealand, he also spent time managing and delivering training programs for staff in the aquaculture, fishing vessel, seafood processing, and seafood retail sectors. Ian has a BSc (Hons) degree in fishery management and aquaculture from a leading fishery training center in the United Kingdom and over 20 years industry experience.
Ian is based in the UK, in London, England.
Courtney Sakai leads marketing and communications for SFP and its programs.
For more than two decades, Courtney has designed and won large-scale campaign and public policy initiatives for nonprofit, corporate, government, and political organizations, with victories at the state, national, and international levels. She has extensive experience in advocacy and lobbying, press and media (including as official spokesperson), coalition and constituency building, and special events. Her work has received the highest awards by the US and international public relations associations and has been featured as case studies in numerous textbooks. Courtney has a BA in economics from Smith College and is a graduate of the California Executive Fellowship. She holds the professional Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), and is a Kentucky Colonel, the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky.
Courtney is based in the US, in Washington, DC.
Braddock “Brad” Spear is responsible for key work streams in SFP’s overall portfolio of activity, including aquaculture, human rights, management policies for industrial fisheries in developed countries, certain Supply Chain Roundtables, relationships with other NGOs and stakeholders, and policy on sustainability standards and other sustainable seafood issues.
For eight years prior to SFP, Brad worked at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, ending his tenure as senior coordinator for policy. At the Commission, Brad developed an expertise in the US fisheries management system, coordinated the legislative program, and initiated collaborative efforts involving government, industry, and NGOs. He holds a BS in marine biology from the University of Maryland and an MA in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island.
Brad is based in the US, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Aneita Ahuna supports SFP’s CEO in all areas of daily activity, while also serving as the liaison for the SFP Board of Directors.
Aneita has been involved with the nonprofit community for over 45 years. Prior to SFP, she participated in various sectors as an executive director, development director, volunteer coordinator, and event planner, and supported youth activities in schools and the community. Aneita has a BS degree in business administration and psychology from Chaminade University. Attending college in Honolulu, Hawaii, motivated a relocation from California to Hawaii, which has been her home for the past 53 years.
Aneita is based in the US, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Patrícia Amorim conducts evaluations of stocks and fisheries using the FishSource methodologies, manages the development of FishSource content on fisheries and standards development, and participates in different projects.
Patrícia has more than 20 years of experience working on fisheries, mainly small-scale fisheries and data-limited fisheries (e.g., northwest Africa fisheries). In the past, she also worked on ecosystem and spatial modelling and seabed habitat mapping. She has a BSc in marine biology and fisheries from the University of Algarve and an MSc in geography information systems from the Technical University of Lisbon, and recently completed her PhD on methodologies to assess the status of data-limited fisheries.
Patrícia is based in Horta, Açores, Portugal.
Miguel Andreu uses FishSource methodologies to update fisheries and stock profiles with current scientific and management information, allowing SFP to better understand the fisheries and provide recommendations to make or keep them sustainable.
Miguel began his career studying ways to detect illegal fishing in Chilean coastal communities. Since then, he has been working with fishers to develop solutions that can make their activities both more sustainable and more profitable. He has a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of La Laguna, a European Master’s in marine biodiversity and conservation, and a Master’s in scientific communication from Pompeu Fabra University.
Miguel is based in Sevilla, Spain.
Dessy Anggraeni leads SFP’s implementation of fishery improvement projects (FIPs) in Southeast Asia and manages FIP coordinators in fisheries throughout that region. She is also part of the FishSource research and content development team.
Dessy has extensive experience in conservation and natural resource management and economic development issues in Indonesia. She has worked on marine conservation and coastal management in some key marine reserves in Indonesia to demonstrate the economic benefits of conservation to local stakeholders. She worked with Conservation International Indonesia from 2001 to 2007 as senior resource economist. She holds a master’s degree in applied environmental economics from the Imperial College at Wye, University of London, and a bachelor’s degree in forest resource conservation from the Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia.
Dessy is based in Bogor, Indonesia.
As part of the Advisory Services team, Martin Bello supports SFP partners and other users of Seafood Metrics, coordinating data entries and communications between suppliers and customers.
Prior to joining SFP, Martin worked for the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in Europe, collecting scientific data from fish farms and onboard fishing vessels to ensure compliance with international and national recommendations for the conservation of marine resources. He has also worked on a deep-sea fishing project with Tragsatec, collecting scientific data from bottom trawlers and longliners. He has a Bachelor’s degree in biology and a Master’s in marine biology.
Martin is based in A Coruña, Spain.
Mariana Bock conducts evaluations of stocks and fisheries using the FishSource methodologies to provide up-to-date, impartial, actionable information on the status of fisheries and fish stock sustainability. She also provides quality control and assists with analyses of information in the FishSource database.
Mariana has been involved in scientific research in coastal marine ecosystems and aquaculture since 2004, and worked for seven years in fisheries assessments under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification program for sustainable fisheries in South America. She has a BSc in biology from the University of Buenos Aires and an MSc in ecology, with a focus on conservation and management of water resources, from the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco.
Mariana is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Agus Budhiman supports programs in Indonesia and is responsible for creating effective communication and coordination among key project stakeholders, specifically from the national government (Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries) and local government and institutions.
Agus has 33 years of experience with the Indonesian government, starting with the Directorate General of Fisheries. He then worked at the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), beginning as the Director for Seed Development before moving on to the Directorate of Fish Resources until 2013. He then joined the Indonesia Pole and Line and Handline Fisheries Association as Secretary General, leading the Association’s fishery improvement project (FIP) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) programs and serving as MMAF liaison officer until 2017. Agus holds a bachelor’s degree in fisheries from the Padjadjaran University in Bandung, Indonesia, and a master’s degree in aquaculture from the University of the Philippines in Visayas.
Agus is based in Indonesia, in Bogor, West Java.
Paul Bulcock is responsible for developing and maintaining aquaculture information in SFP’s systems (e.g., FishSource, AIP Directory, Metrics). He also supports development and implementation of aquaculture strategy through research and analysis.
Paul has extensive program support and aquaculture research experience (particularly in Southeast Asia), having worked for the Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific (NACA) and DFID’s Aquaculture and Fish Genetics Research Programme (AFGRP) at the Institute of Aquaculture, in Stirling, UK. He has an MSc in aquaculture from the University of Stirling and a BSc in marine and fisheries zoology from the University of Aberdeen.
Paul is based in the UK, in Glasgow, Scotland.
Chuck Burg is responsible for achieving SFP’s fundraising goals via foundations, government and development agencies, and individual contributions, by cultivating and maintaining relationships with existing and potential funders.
Before joining SFP, Chuck spent 16 years at Conservation International, where he managed CI's Melanesia Program for six years before moving over to its Foundation Relations unit in 2002. At CI, he worked closely with Jim Cannon and others to devise a strategy for marine protected area creation in Papua New Guinea. Prior to CI, Chuck worked as an editor for a textbook development house, wrote filmstrips for the National Geographic Society's Educational Media Division, and worked as a research assistant to the Secretary Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution. Chuck holds a BA in English literature from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.
Chuck is based in the US, in Washington, DC.
Rahmat Dani (“Dani”) provides support and assistance in the implementation of SFP’s programs in Indonesia.
Before joining SFP, Dani worked at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a business development officer for six years, helping foreign companies to find local business partners and local companies to enter the international market. He has a master's degree in management, with a focus on supply chain management, from Mercubuana University.
Dani is based in based in South Tangerang, Indonesia.
Eka Darma supervises the accounts payable process, ensuring that the department operates smoothly and providing ongoing support for the day-to-day operations of the finance system.
Before joining SFP, Eka worked for more than 10 years with various local software house companies as a System Development Manager, focusing on leading the system software development and implementation team, including initiating and implementing finance and accounting systems. He holds an Associate Degree in management information systems from the Telkom Institute of Technology in Bandung, Indonesia.
Eka is based in Indonesia, on the island of Bali.
Yohanes “Dono” Ekodono is responsible for maintaining both internal and external SFP-related systems.
Prior to SFP, Dono worked for several different organizations on projects using stacks such as NodeJS, Ruby on Rails, Python, PHP, and other back-end-related stacks, including NOSQL. He has a bachelor’s degree in information systems from the Institute of Business and Informatics Stikom Surabaya in Indonesia.
Dono is based in Indonesia, in Sidoarjo, East Java.
Teddy Escarabay works with stakeholders from the fishing capture and processing sectors to support the execution of local and regional fisheries improvement programs and projects in the field.
Prior to SFP, Teddy coordinated the shark and mahi National Action Plans at the Ministry of Aquaculture and Fishing in Ecuador and was a CITES Manager Authority. He also conducted projects and consultancies related to the sustainable use of biodiversity. Teddy studied biology and has experience in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and in large pelagic fisheries. He has an MSc in environment and development from the University of Edinburgh.
Teddy is based in Quito, Ecuador.
Pedro Ferreiro is responsible for bridging the gap between supply and demand for sustainable seafood from small-scale fisheries, with a special emphasis on markets in the Global South and other markets requiring more experimental initiatives.
Pedro is a marine biologist with many years of experience working with Spanish fisheries and aquaculture operations. Before joining SFP, he worked as a fisheries observer, technical fisheries officer, and sustainable seafood sourcing and labelling advisor to small-scale fisheries and management authorities in Spain. As a fisheries consultant, Pedro was instrumental in leading the first Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification in Spanish waters, and he has worked to improve small-scale fisheries marketing programs. Before his current position, Pedro worked in the Buyer Engagement division at SFP. He has a master’s degree in mariculture science and technology from the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Pedro is based in Cangas, Spain.
Amalia Firman works with key staff throughout SFP to monitor progress toward institutional goals and ensure that lessons learned are applied toward strategy development.
Amalia has extensive experience managing partnerships and projects in conservation communications and environmental management. She worked in various roles over several years with Conservation International (CI) Indonesia, including project manager for the World Bank Communication/Awareness program, operations director, and communication specialist for CI’s Marine Program. She also co-edited Indonesia Sectoral Agenda 21, contributed to CI’s publication on Designing Communication Strategy, and has written various articles on nature conservation. Amalia holds a master’s degree in development management, an MSc in civil engineering, and a BSc in environmental engineering.
Amalia is based in Indonesia, on the island of Bali.
Anna Gabis is responsible for oversight of all accounting operations of the organization, and ensures that SFP’s systems and procedures support effective program implementation and flawless audits of its financial reports and systems.
Before coming to SFP, Anna worked as a controller in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors for more than 10 years, including at the Wild Salmon Center, where she also led finance and administration for more than three years. She also consulted with Ocean Outcomes on accounting matters between 2016 and 2018. She holds a BS in accounting from Portland State University and has completed 80 percent of coursework toward a master’s degree in taxation.
Anna is based in the US, in Portland, Oregon.
Rose Gladstein works closely with SFP’s Development team, global staff, and donors to achieve fundraising and donor stewardship goals via foundations, governments, and development agencies.
Rose came to SFP with more than 10 years of experience in grants management and foundation and government fund development. Previously, she worked on program evaluation, data and assessment systems, and grant writing/management for nonprofit organizations in the health, education, and social services sectors. She has also spent time managing CSA farm projects in the Yukon Territory and New York’s Adirondack region, and had a prior career as a science and environmental education teacher. Rose holds a master of science in environmental education from Southern Connecticut State University and a bachelor of arts degree in social theory, structure, and change from the State University of New York - Empire State College.
Rose is based in the US, in Eugene, Oregon.
Carmen González-Vallés works with seafood supply chain companies and key stakeholders to promote and support fisheries improvement efforts. She leads SFP's Global Squid and Global Octopus Supply Chain Roundtables.
Prior to joining SFP, Carmen worked as a freelance consultant for more than five years, participating in and coordinating fisheries observer programs in EU and Indian Ocean fisheries. Before that, she completed internships at the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission and the European Fisheries Control Agency, did research at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, and taught high school math, physics, and chemistry. Carmen has a master’s degree in economics, evaluation, and management of marine environments and fisheries resources from the University of Vigo.
Carmen is based in Vigo, Spain.
Renato Gozzer works with key Latin American fisheries, with a focus on national policy strategy in the Latin America region.
Renato was a founding member of the Peruvian nonprofit REDES - Sostenibilidad Pesquera, which promotes fisheries sustainability through improvements along the production chain, especially in artisanal fishing communities. He has also worked for the regional government of Piura and in the Marine Program of WWF Peru. Renato holds a fishery engineering degree and a BA in science and fisheries, both from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM) in Lima, Peru.
Renato is based in Lima, Peru.
Annie Haylon manages a portfolio of Operations activities for SFP, and supports the organization and COO across a number of priorities.
Prior to joining SFP, Annie worked with one of the largest law firms in western Massachusetts. She has a keen interest in ocean law and policy, and completed internships with the New England Aquarium, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Vermont Law School, Conservation Law Foundation, and the Stanford University Center for Ocean Solutions. She holds a juris doctor degree from the Vermont Law School and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She also spent one undergraduate semester at Williams College’s Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program.
Annie is based in the US, in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Christo Hutabarat works closely with members of APRI (the Indonesian Crab Producers Association) and other groups working to improve Indonesia’s blue swimming crab fishery.
Christo worked on the establishment and legalization of the Indonesian BSC fishers communication forum and is currently offering support to the forum. He has been working closely with the Makassar-South Sulawesi snapper-grouper FIP and is currently providing support for improvement work on the Makassar small-scale snapper and grouper fishery. Christo previously worked for a number of Indonesia’s leading environmental NGOs, including Conservation International Indonesia, The Nature Conservancy, and the Indonesian Coral Reef Foundation. He holds a master’s degree in conservation biology from the University of Indonesia.
Christo is based in Palu - Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Nur Indah is responsible for ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of SFP’s accounts payable work, and coordinates on-the-ground logistics for SFP meetings and events in Indonesia.
She has a degree in veterinary medicine from Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Nur is based in Indonesia, on the island of Bali.
Aisla Jones is responsible for strategy and management of SFP’s partner relationships with major seafood buyers across Europe, supporting their efforts to improve sustainable seafood sourcing.
Before joining SFP, Aisla worked for UK retailer Co-op, where she collaborated with seafood suppliers and industry to ensure responsible seafood sourcing. After graduating with an MSc in Marine Biology from Bangor University, she worked there as a research assistant to help identify priority research areas for aquaculture supply chains. Aisla has varied experience working with several NGOs in the UK and abroad, including WWF UK where she mainly worked on tuna. Aisla is currently a Nuffield Scholar; her project aims to understand the environmental impacts of aquaculture feed production and identify opportunities for supply chains to support responsible sourcing of feed.
Aisla is based in the UK, in Manchester, England
Wilis Juharini is responsible for the efficient operation of SFP’s project management software tool, Terra, which SFP developed to store information and data on projects, grants, reporting, and human resources.
Prior to SFP, she worked as a freelancer for various projects and organizations. Wilis has a BS in agricultural engineering from Bogor Agricultural University.
Wilis is based in Indonesia, in Bogor, West Java.
Dorothy Li manages SFP's Ocean Disclosure Project, a disclosure platform to increase corporate transparency and sustainability in seafood. She encourages seafood companies to voluntarily report, analyzes wild-caught and farmed sourcing data, and creates profiles for participants annually. Previously, she worked on a disclosure platform for climate action at CDP.
Dorothy is based in the US, in Hawaii.
Indrani “Drin” Lutchman is responsible for the monitoring and tracking of FIP progress over time against their workplans, using an alphabetical (A-E) rating system developed by SFP. Drin also leads SFP’s engagement with the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions (CASS) and FisheryProgress.org, at the Advisory and Board level.
Drin is a marine biologist and fisheries scientist with extensive experience in designing, leading, and delivering successful projects on marine and fisheries issues in Europe, the Caribbean, Antarctica, and UK Overseas Territories, including Bermuda, the Falklands Islands, and Gibraltar. She has a well-established reputation of working with scientists and policy makers in these countries and regions and at high-level negotiations of multilateral agreements at the UN, FAO, and regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs). Her expertise covers diverse aspects of fisheries and maritime policies and includes both desk-based research, as well as the provision of strategic and political advice.
Drin is based in the UK, in Clackmannan, Scotland.
Charlotte Maiden is responsible for managing SFP's initiatives and projects in press and media, social media, and digital communications.
Before coming to SFP, Charlotte worked on the Public Relations team for Loop. She holds an MA in corporate and public communication from Monmouth University and a BA in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Charlotte is based in the US, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kris Marchu works closely with SFP’s Development team, global staff, and donors to achieve fundraising and donor stewardship goals via foundations, government, and development agencies.
Kris brings a history of international fundraising and a passion for the environment to SFP. She comes from a green background, having done fundraising for Greenpeace's US and Australia-Pacific offices, as well as coordinating stewardship endeavors for Friends of the Earth. Before joining SFP, she worked at the Sabin Vaccine Institute as the resource development operations associate for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases. Kris has a master’s degree in international relations from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and a BA in international studies from California State University, Long Beach.
Kris is based in the US, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dave Martin is responsible for overseeing SFP’s work on marine ingredients and engagement in multispecies fisheries, leads SFP's efforts to protect human rights and promote ethical treatment of workers in seafood, and is a member of the aquaculture team.
Dave has been involved in conservation efforts for more than 25 years, focusing on working with communities in Siberia, the Russian Far East, Oregon, and throughout the Pacific Rim to promote sustainability, civil society, habitat conservation and restoration, and wilderness and natural resource protection. He worked for SFP from 2012 to 2015, and then returned in 2017. In the interim, he served as corporate director of sustainability for Aqua Star, where he oversaw fisheries and aquaculture improvements, and led engagement on addressing social issues in the seafood supply chain. Dave has MAs in both international policy studies and Russian translation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a BA in political science and Russian studies from the University of Iowa.
Dave is based in the US, in Portland, Oregon.
Marina Mendes is responsible for the development and update of FishSource profiles, searching for publicly available information about the biological and exploitation status of marine resources, the way fisheries are managed, and the impact the fisheries may have on the environment and biodiversity. She also works with external analysts and helps to internally coordinate some tasks and contributes to the revision of methodologies and guidelines.
Marina has been involved in projects that promote the sustainable use and management of marine fisheries resources, and conservation of marine habitats and seabirds, since 2006, at local and international levels, both through scientific research and in a small Portuguese NGO. She holds a master’s degree in marine biology, ecology, and marine conservation from the University of Algarve and an Advanced Studies Diploma in territory, environment, and sustainable development from the New University of Lisbon.
Marina is based in southwest Portugal.
Mercedes Mendoza coordinates our Advisory Services work, supporting customers and suppliers in their use of SFP’s Seafood Metrics tool. She helps Metrics users obtain the necessary data for their CSR and ESG reporting, follows up on progress evaluations of their sustainability commitments, and provides information to help improve the state of the fisheries and aquaculture farms they source from.
Mercedes has extensive experience in frozen oil fish trade and customer relationship management. Before coming to SFP, she worked on the implementation, management, and coordination of European research projects and managed laboratories, research projects, and staff for ECIMAT, a marine research center at the University of Vigo. She has also been a hatchery manager at seabream, seabass, and turbot farms in Spain and Portugal. She has a degree in Marine Sciences.
Mercedes is based in Portonovo, Galicia, Spain.
Katie Mihalik is responsible for supporting several North American supply chain and retail partnerships, while working closely with SFP’s data systems, Supply Chain Roundtables, and Protecting Ocean Wildlife program.
Prior to joining SFP, Katie completed internships with Publix Super Markets, Inc., in its seafood procurement department, and at Marineland Dolphin Conservation Center in animal care and training. Katie also volunteers to assist in various field research projects through Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve and with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Katie has a bachelor’s degree in coastal biology from the University of North Florida, where she did field research on marine mammal and shark biology and ecology within northeast Florida waters.
Katie is based in the US, in Jacksonville, Florida.
Alexia Morgan is responsible for implementing programs to reduce the numbers of marine endangered, threatened, and protected (ETP) species harmed by fishing activities. This work is achieved by catalyzing the seafood supply chain to implement measures to reduce these impacts, such as requiring the use of best practice bycatch mitigation measures. In addition, Alexia conducts and coordinates supply chain bycatch audits for SFP partners and other major seafood buyers.
Alexia’s interests include elasmobranch population dynamics, population and ecological risk assessments, bycatch mitigation techniques, and international fisheries management. She holds a PhD in fisheries and aquatic sciences from the University Florida, an MS in marine biology from Nova Scotia University, and a BA in biology from Lake Forest College in Illinois.
Alexia is based in the US, in Belfast, Maine.
Tita Nopitawati is responsible for implementing and monitoring progress toward institutional strategy and developing additional strategy aspects for sustainable management of fisheries. She also provides information and recommendations to SFP donors and funders related to the development and updated implementation of blue swimming crab improvement efforts in Indonesia, and works closely with the local and central government, industry, and other stakeholders to build relationships and increase the sustainability of Indonesian fisheries management.
Tita previously worked for the Indonesia Pole & Line and Hand Line Fisheries Association (AP2HI). She has also lectured in the diploma program at Bogor Agricultural University and has a background working with NGOs such as Wetlands International Indonesia and Yayasan Telapak, which is responsible for maintaining relations and communications with government and private sector stakeholders for the Mangrove Capital Project. She has worked with government authorities and the private sector on aquaculture and coastal management issues, including Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification schemes. Tita has an MSc in aquaculture education from Bogor Agricultural University.
Tita is based in Indonesia, in Bogor, West Java.
Irham Rapy is responsible for developing the co-management strategy in the blue swimming crab and snapper-grouper fisheries in Indonesia. He collaborates with fishing communities, governments, and other fisheries stakeholders to support fisheries improvement programs. He also helps fisher groups raise awareness and understanding of sustainable fisheries and effective leadership to actively participate in fisheries management committees at the regional and national levels.
Prior to joining SFP, Irham worked as Executive Director at a local NGO, the Indonesia Marine Conservation Foundation, focusing on marine conservation, coastal community empowerment, and policy advocacy. He has a Bachelor's degree in marine science and a Master's in environmental management from the University of Queensland, Australia.
Irham is based in Indonesia, in Makassar, South Sulawesi.
Miguel Ruano is responsible for developing and updating FishSource profiles, collecting public information about the biological and exploitation status of marine resources and the environmental impact of fisheries worldwide, while also contributing to the revision of internal methodologies and guidelines. As part of the Science Unit, Miguel also develops analyses of fisheries data for sectoral reports related to the impact of SFP’s work in the seafood landscape.
Miguel is a marine and fisheries biologist at the University of Algarve, researching coastal fish populations in estuarine and fish nursery areas. He received an MSc and PhD in aquatic biosciences from the University of Tokyo, where he studied the early life stages of fish and habitat connectivity. He then worked as an associate researcher at the Southern Chile Fisheries Research Center, researching fish stock sustainability associated with environmental conditions. As a researcher at the University of Algarve, Miguel also works for a European research consortium, studying the impact of fisheries on fish welfare.
Miguel is based in Olhão, Portugal.
Jesika Ruslim is responsible for supervising activities and operations in SFP's accounts payable department.
Jesika is based in Indonesia, near Jakarta.
Heather is a marine scientist with experience in both aquaculture and wild-caught fisheries. She joined SFP from Maine Sea Grant, where she managed the Aquaculture Hub, coordinating several projects to support ocean farmers across the state, including trainings, grants, and a 10-year Roadmap. Prior to moving to Maine, she worked in Miami with a Chilean salmon producer on sales and marketing, where she played a role in each step of the seafood supply chain. Her thesis focused on managing small-scale FADs in the Caribbean, in partnership with The Billfish Foundation.
Heather is based in the US, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Jillian Samuel supports administration and coordination of HR functions across SFP.
Prior to joining SFP, Jillian worked as the Global HR Coordinator for EngenderHealth, an organization promoting women’s reproductive health and rights, and, more recently, as an HR Generalist at a large healthcare network based in New York.
Jillian holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is currently working on her MA in psychology at American Public University.
Jillian is based in the US, in Queens, New York.
Christiane Schmidt oversees the M&E program for SFP's Supply Chain Roundtable projects, and provides technical support to staff in implementing these coordinated efforts to advise seafood supply chains on improvements in their sources.
Christiane has extensive experience in working with all levels of the supply chain in the global marine aquarium trade, including artisanal reef fisheries, to address sustainability and traceability issues. Before her current position, she held various other roles at SFP, ranging from market engagement to scientific advice and connecting the various SFP programs. She has a BSc in marine biology and an MSc in tropical aquatic ecology, with an emphasis on coastal zone management.
Christiane is based in the UK, in Stirling, Scotland.
Susana Segurado is responsible for the FishSource information database, which is a publicly available online resource about the status of fisheries, fish stocks, and aquaculture. FishSource compiles and summarizes publicly available scientific and technical information and presents it in an easily interpretable form, to provide major seafood buyers with up-to-date, impartial, and actionable information on the sustainability of fisheries and the improvements they need to make to become more sustainable.
Before joining SFP, Susana worked in the environmental health field for two years. She completed a five-year degree program in marine biology and fisheries science at the University of Algarve, Portugal, and completed her final thesis at Imperial College, London, in fisheries modeling.
Susana is based in Lisbon, Portugal.
Jenna Stoner leads the ideation and development of SFP's aquaculture information systems, with a primary focus on synthesizing and delivering actionable information on aquaculture production and management systems to stakeholders in the seafood industry.
Jenna came to SFP with six years of experience in the seafood sustainability field, including aquaculture research and analysis, market-based conservation programming, and research into the drivers of sustainable production and consumption in seafood systems. Jenna has a master’s degree in marine management from Dalhousie University.
Jenna is based in Canada, in Squamish, British Columbia, near Vancouver.
Amy Sweeting is responsible for conceptualizing, researching, writing, and editing major documents, marketing materials, and other communications products for both internal and external audiences.
Amy began her career as a journalist in Tokyo, Japan, and Washington, DC, before moving to Conservation International (CI), where she managed CI’s engagement with oil, gas, and mining companies. After leaving CI, she worked as a freelance writer and editor for a wide range of clients, including nonprofit conservation organizations, multilateral development banks, and international financial institutions. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University and a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Amy is based in the US, in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Mio Uchida is responsible for SFP's engagement work with various stakeholders in Japan.
Before joining SFP, Mio worked with the Japan Center for International Exchange, a leading policy exchange civil society organization in Japan, for 16 years. Prior to that, she worked with Equity Research at S.G. Warburg Japan for two years. She has a BA in economics from Keio University in Japan, and an MA in international economics and finance from Brandeis University.
Mio is based in Tokyo, Japan.
Pedro Veiga is currently responsible for the Science unit within the Monitoring and Evaluation Program. Among other activities, Pedro coordinates analyses and sector reports related to the impact of SFP’s work in the seafood landscape (e.g., for the Target 75 initiative or the Certifications and Ratings collaboration online data tool). Pedro is also responsible for the FIP Research database. Pedro is a marine biologist with many years of experience working mainly on coastal and estuarine fish population dynamics, seabed habitat mapping, recreational and small-scale fisheries, and fisheries management. Since 2006, much of his work has been focused on the biological impact and human dimensions of marine recreational fishing in southern Portugal. He has also been part of the research team of the Coastal Fisheries Research Group from the University of Algarve since 2001. Pedro has a PhD in fisheries sciences and technology from the University of Algarve, Portugal.
Pedro is based in Faro, Portugal.
Amber Von Harten is responsible for mobilizing and working directly with US importers to engage in and support fishery improvement projects through targeted activities of three of SFP's Supply Chain Roundtables - Southeast Asian Blue Swimming Crab (led by the National Fisheries Institute Crab Council), Indonesian Snapper and Grouper, and Global Mahi. She works closely with SFP’s field staff in Indonesia and Latin America to inform and develop SR priorities and activities to advance fishery improvement projects.
Previously, Amber served as the Fishery Citizen Science Program manager for the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. She developed a comprehensive science-based research and stakeholder engagement program, where fishing stakeholders and scientists collaboratively designed and implemented research projects using citizen science approaches. Amber also developed domestic seafood marketing programs for the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium and coordinated education and research programs at a remote field station for the University of South Carolina. She has a BS in marine science from the University of South Carolina.
Amber is based in the US, in Charleston, South Carolina.
Megan Westmeyer advises the seafood supply chain on improvements needed to minimize the impacts of fisheries on the environment. Her work primarily focuses on wild shrimp and snapper/grouper fisheries in the US and Mexico.
For eight years prior to joining SFP, Megan led the South Carolina Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Initiative, an educational program for culinary professionals. In that role, she helped chefs learn about sustainable seafood by translating technical fishery information to a concise format usable by the culinary industry. She has also worked as a shrimp bycatch observer in the Gulf of Mexico and at the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. Megan has an MS in oceanography and coastal sciences from Louisiana State University and a BS in marine science from the University of South Carolina.
Megan is based in the US, near Houston, Texas.
Putu Widyastuti manages the Terra Information System, which SFP developed to gather and store information and data on projects, grants, and human resources. She works with teams throughout the organization to plan, integrate, and deploy information in Terra.
Putu has a master's degree in environmental science.
Putu is based in Indonesia, on the island of Bali.
Chisa Woodley oversees SFP's financial operations and manages an accounting team of four, to ensure streamlined processes and controls. She also oversees SFP’s Terra Information System, which is an internal clearinghouse of critical data relating to grants, project implementation plans, and project reporting.
Chisa is a certified public accountant (CPA – inactive status) with more than 20 years of accounting, finance, and budget planning experience. She has worked as an auditor with Ernst & Young LLP in Guam, and as Controller for the Oceanic Institute, a Hawaii nonprofit research and development organization dedicated to marine aquaculture, biotechnology, and coastal resource management. She holds a BA from Hawaii Loa College and a master’s in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Chisa is based in the US, in Honolulu, Hawaii.