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Find a consultant for fishery improvements

Technical consultants who understand the MSC program can work with you to help your fishery make the improvements necessary to meet the MSC Fisheries Standard.

How can a technical consultant help your fishery?

Technical consultants can: 

Help fisheries make improvements to meet the MSC Standard:

  • Conduct a gap analysis of fishery performance against the MSC standard
  • Develop and assist you to implement action plans to help fisheries meet the MSC standard

Provide support for a fishery through the MSC assessment process:

  • Project manage the fishery assessment process
  • Liaise between the fishery and the certifier

Find a technical consultant for fishery improvements

The Technical Consultant register is tiered. Individuals are listed as either Technical Consultants or Associate Technical Consultants. The difference between the two tiers is the level of practical experience in the application of the MSC Fisheries Standard that the consultant has.

Technical Consultants

A Technical Consultant has conducted MSC full assessments and/or surveillance audits.
Name and emailExperience
African and developing country fisheries. Projects include Kenya. Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa. 
Duncan Leadbitter
Fish Matter Pty Ltd
Sustainability assessment, policy development, experience in Asia Pacific countries fisheries.
Fiona Nimmo
Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Ltd (Scotland office)
Fisheries management, environmental interactions, environmental assessments and sustainable development. Experience in European and Asian fisheries.
Graeme MacFadyen
Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Ltd (Geneva office)
Fisheries policy, management, MCS/IUU, economics, trade/marketing, value-chains, evaluation. Experience in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and Americas.
Graeme Parkes
MRAG Ltd, United Kingdom
Fisheries resource assessment, marine fisheries development, resource survey, fisheries development policy and strategic planning.

MacAlister Elliot and Partners (MEP)

Fisheries consultant, specialising in fisheries assessment and management, management of shellfish resources and culture and environmental and ecological studies relating to fisheries. 
Kevin Stokes
Wide ranging fisheries science, management, policy and governance. Experience working with government and industry and in multi-stakeholder settings.
Paul Medley
Independent Consultant (UK)
Fisheries stock assessment, specialisation in tropical small-scale fisheries, data collection and scientific management advice.
Richard Banks
Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management (Pty) Ltd (Australia-Pacific office)
Governance, fisheries policy and management, compliance, bycatch management, harvest strategies, rules and tools. Specialises in Australia, Pacific, all ASEAN countries, South Asia, China and New Zealand.

Rich Lincoln
Ocean Outcomes  (USA)

Deep, diverse experience in fisheries management, research, policy, third-party certification, fishery assessments, and fishery improvement gap analyses and work plan design/consulting - in a wide range of jurisdictions, species and geographies.

Fisheries science, management and policy specialist with experience in North America and Europe.
Rod Cappell
Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Ltd (Scotland office)
Fisheries policy, economics and sustainable development. Experience in European, Asian and Middle Eastern fisheries.

Greenfishers Consultants

Fisheries public and business policy, economics and management
Tim Huntington
Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Ltd (UK Main office)
Specialist in environmental interactions with fisheries (bycatch and discards, ETP, habitats and trophic changes) in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Particular experience  with tuna, groundfish and shrimp fisheries.
Tristan Southall
TDS Marine Resource Management (UK)
Fishery policy analysis and marine consultancy.

MRAG Ltd. (UK)

Fisheries management and policy, stock assessment,
environmental impacts and programme management.
Experience of high latitude and tropical ecosystems,
including small-scale multi-species fisheries and
industrial fisheries.


Associate consultants

An Associate Technical Consultant has had comprehensive training but has not been part of a full assessment or surveillance team.

Ocean Outcomes

Experienced researcher in ecology and population dynamics of salmon and groundfish.
Experience as a fishery management analyst conducting fishery evaluations and supporting the implementation of fishery improvement projects.

Ocean Outcomes is dedicated to improving high risk fisheries that face the toughest sustainability issues and have the most to gain from improvements.

Fisheries management and stock assessment experience in tuna, deep-water, demersal, midwater and pelagic species. Based in Namibia.

Ecologists Without Borders

Fisheries ecologist with extensive experience in ecosystem modelling, developing data sampling programs and provision of scientific advice.
Ecologists Without Borders is a non-profit organisation that is able to offer free technical support to FIPs that are financially unable to afford the typical consultancy fees. Based in the U.S.
Fisheries management analyst in African fisheries. Experience working with government, industry and RFMOs. Specialist in tuna ecology and genetics. Experience with data collection and scientific management advice and supporting the implementation of fishery improvement projects.

Code of Good Practice 

Individuals and organisations listed as being able to provide technical support for fisheries improvements must have signed up to the Code of Good Practice for technical consultants.

This information is provided as a resource only; the inclusion of individuals or organisations in this list does not constitute endorsement by the MSC or by Accreditation Services International. MSC includes consultants in this list upon receiving statements of experience provided by consultants, where such experience at face value meets the requirements outlined in the MSC's Technical Consultants Requirement document, where such consultants have signed up to the Code of Good Practice and where such consultants have provided references satisfactory to the MSC. The MSC does not carry out further checks to ascertain the expertise of such consultants. Anyone engaging a consultant from this list must satisfy themselves that the consultant is suitable for their particular purpose. Neither the MSC nor Accreditation Services International accepts any duty of care to anyone using this list. Neither MSC nor Accreditation Services International will have any liability to any party in respect of performance or suitability of any consultant or in relation to any failure by a consultant to adhere to the Code of Good Practice. Consultants provide Fisheries Improvement services as independent contractors.

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