Fisheries Record Evaluation Contractor

Role:  Fisheries record validation

Type:  Independent contractor

Location:  Remote

Level of effort:  One year at 75% LoE or nine months at 100% LoE

Application deadline:  September 22, 2022

Background on SFP

Founded in 2006, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is a marine conservation organization working toward a world where the oceans are healthy, all seafood is produced sustainably, and everyone has access to sustainable seafood. We leverage the power of seafood buyers and retailers in every part of the seafood supply chain to rebuild depleted fish stocks, reduce the environmental impacts of fishing and fish farming, address social issues in fishing, and advance economic opportunities for fishers and their communities. Our Supply Chain Roundtables (SRs) allow seafood suppliers to work together in a pre-competitive environment to promote and support improvements in fishery and aquaculture practices, management, and policy. Visit us at www.sustainablefish.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Background on FishSource

SFP’s FishSource is a publicly available online global database of fisheries, fish stocks, and aquaculture. FishSource profiles define ontologies for stocks and fisheries that facilitate identification and evaluation of sustainability. Fisheries information in FishSource provides high-quality, scientific, and objective analysis, presented in a highly summarized form under individual FishSource profiles. The information is used by the world’s biggest retailers, foodservice providers, and seafood companies.

Contract Position Summary

SFP is seeking two contractors with a background in fisheries and geographic information systems to work on review and validation of fishery records and make additions to a geodatabase. The contracts will involve:

  • Reviewing and completing data fields in the FishSource database with newly completed area standards, while cross-checking against stock assessment reports, management plans and measures, and other official or unofficial documents. This will involve extensive online searches and consultations of websites, documents and maps in a variety of languages, using translation tools as needed.
  • Making additions to a geodatabase via GIS software and other tools, verifying or requesting necessary permissions from data owners.
  • Reviewing stock and fishery records from the FishSource database and identifying overlaps in stocks and fisheries from three other other source databases, verifying discrepancies and suggesting merges and corrections to area and other data fields.
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor of science in natural resource management, fisheries, marine policy, or other marine or ocean field
  • Experience with GIS software
  • Familiarity with fisheries stock assessments and fisheries management systems and marine policy
  • Experience conducting online searches for fisheries information within a diversity of geographies and in multiple languages
  • Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
Desirable Qualities
  • Multiple language skills
  • Experience in compilation of fisheries information or databases 
  • Experience in working remotely to set deadlines

Qualified candidates should submit a resume/CV, including language skills, and a letter of interest mentioning preferred level of effort to jobs@sustainablefish.org by September 22, 2022, using the subject line “Fisheries record validation”.