Welcome to the very first Advisory Services blog, where we will offer you a behind-the-scenes look at our tools and services. This is your backstage pass, providing exclusive insights into the thought processes, innovations, and day-to-day adventures that define our journey.

My name is Mercedes Mendoza, and I am thrilled to be here connecting with you. As the Advisory Services Director at Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), I’ve had the incredible privilege of being part of a team that is passionate about helping the seafood industry improve the sustainability of their supply and the health of our oceans. With a background in aquaculture and research in ecotoxicology, I’ve also dived into the market of frozen seafood, blending scientific insight with hands-on industry experience.

Let me introduce you to our team

Dearg Stobie is our Data Systems Director. He oversees SFP’s technical databases for quantitative fisheries data and manages staff involved in their design and maintenance. With a background in IT support at SFP for seven years and two decades teaching mathematics and computer science globally, Dearg is a seasoned professional who brings a wealth of expertise to his role.

Martin Bello, part of the Advisory Services team, facilitates data entries and communications between Seafood Metrics users, including SFP partners. Before joining SFP, Martin worked for the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), where he collected scientific data to ensure compliance with conservation recommendations. Martin has also contributed to a deep-sea fishing project with Tragsatec.

Yohanes “Dono” Ekodono spearheads the development and maintenance of SFP’s Seafood Metrics and Terra systems, overseeing analysis, system design, coding, and software testing. With experience in diverse organizations using stacks like NodeJS, Ruby on Rails, Python, PHP, and various back-end-related technologies, including NOSQL, Dono brings a wealth of technical expertise. 

It’s more than just us

But it’s not just about us. We’re opening the floor for a dynamic exchange. Share your thoughts, ask burning questions, and let’s embark on a collective exploration of the passions that drive our projects. Beyond the technicalities, we’re here to discuss the broader landscape – the latest news, industry trends, and the buzzworthy happenings that shape our field. Expect us to dissect, analyze, and share our perspectives, while eagerly awaiting yours.

So, this isn’t just a blog; it’s an invitation to dive deep, engage with our world, and join a community passionate about understanding, sharing, and growing together. 

Contact us at services@sustainablefish.org with all of your questions, comments, and insights. Let’s embark on this sustainability journey together!