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Dr Jeremy Prince

Adjunct Associate Professor of fisheries, Murdoch University

Dr Jeremy Prince is an alumni and Adjunct Associate Professor of fisheries of Murdoch University. With more than 30 years of international experience he is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts in assessing and managing small scale and subsistence fisheries. Long held to be the most intractable challenge for sustainable fisheries, the inapplicability of established methodologies has, until recently, made it impossible to scientifically address the sustainability of more than 90% of the world’s fisheries, upon which 40+ million artisanal fishers directly depend, and 200+ million people indirectly depend, many of them in Africa. Since a break-through discovery in 2011, hailed by the Marine Stewardship Council as a ‘global game-changer’, Dr Prince has been working around the world implementing his new approach to small-scale fisheries assessment and management. Supported by the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, since 2012 he has been primarily focused on fisheries reform in Pacific rim and island countries. However, invited by the World Wildlife Fund and Kenyan Fisheries Service, in 2017 he began introducing his approach to Africa where he is happy to see it being adopted just as enthusiastically, already empowering discussion about reforming coastal fisheries management.

And just two weeks ago the Lake Tanganyika Authority initiated discussions about extending his approach into the great rift valley lakes.