TNRC Event Virtual Panel: How data and technology can address corruption in IUU fishing

Virtual Panel: How data and technology can help address corruption in IUU fishing

December 2, 2020

9:00am - 10:30am Washington, DC
2:00pm - 3:30pm Cambridge, UK
5:00pm - 6:30pm Nairobi, Kenya
9:00pm - 10:30pm Bangkok, Thailand

Remote Only

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James Morgan / WWF-US

About the event

Corruption facilitates illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and its associated criminality, including human trafficking and forced labor. Join us for a virtual panel exploring how data and technology may assist in addressing natural resource corruption, particularly in IUU fishing, where challenges exist like open seas, lack of capacity for inspection, and lack of corporate supply chain enforcement. Experts will examine current technologies that exist and discuss their potential effectiveness in aiding the detection of IUU fishing and its associated corruption.

About the speakers

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François Mosnier, Financial Research Analyst, Planet Tracker
François brings more than 10 years of experience working across finance, nature conservation and sustainable farming. Prior to joining Planet Tracker, he was a financial analyst at Exane BNP Paribas and Capital Group, and a conservation finance specialist at Conservation Capital.

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Bubba Cook, Western and Central Pacific Tuna Programme Manager, WWF
Bubba Cook has spent a lifetime on the ocean and the last 17 years working in fisheries conservation and management from the Artic to the South Pacific. Since 2012, he has led WWF’s Western and Central Pacific Tuna Programme, where he focuses on improving tuna fisheries management a through policy improvements, market tools, and technological innovation.

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Dr. Rashid Sumaila, FRSC, Professor and Director, Fisheries Economics Research Unit and the OceanCanada Partnership, University of British Columbia
Dr. Rashid Sumaila, FRSC is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Interdisciplinary Oceans and Fisheries Economics. He is Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit and the OceanCanada Partnership at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, illegal fishing, climate change, marine plastic pollution, and oil spills.

Michele Kuruc, J.D., Vice President, Ocean Policy, WWF (Moderator)
Michele Kuruc is one of WWF’s global experts on illegal fishing, and the international treaties that address it. She also leads WWF’s fisheries team as well as WWF’s work focusing on the American government’s activities to stop illegal imports of fish. Michele came to WWF after more than six years at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, where she worked on illegal fishing and enforcement, anti-piracy, satellite-based vessel monitoring, traceability and improved governance. Projects took her to central and Southeast Asia, Central and South America, the Middle East, Africa and the Mediterranean. Michele is a lawyer, and has served in the judicial and executive branches of the US government. She supervised NOAA’s legal enforcement efforts for many years. She was also a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice in the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section. Her cases dealt with polar bears, killer whales, bald eagles, saguaro cacti, wolves, sea turtles and many types of fish.

Image attribution: © / Jen Guyton / WWF; © Brian J. Skerry / National Geographic Stock / WWF; © Georgina Goodwin / Shoot The Earth / WWF-UK; © Hkun Lat / WWF-Aus