• Ernesto Penas Lado

    Born (1952) in Cée, La Coruña, Spain.

    Marine Biologist by training (Universidad Complutense)

    Oceanographer at the Instituto Español de Oceanografía (La Coruña) 1975-1986, working on marine ecology and fisheries science

    From 1986, official of the European Commission. 1986-1988 DG Environment. 1988-1990 DG Fisheries

    From 1990-1993 Director General for Fisheries and Aquaculture. Xunta de Galica, Spain

    From 1993, official of the European Commission, DG Fisheries. From 1999, Deputy Head of Unit, from 2004 Head of Unit, from 2009 Director and from 2017 Principal Advisor

    2016-17 Visiting professor, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

    Author inter alia of "The Common Fisheries Policy. The quest for sustainability". Wiley-Blackwell, 2016

  • Claus Reedtz Sparrevohn

    Dr. Claus Reedtz Sparrevohn is the Chief Science Officer for the Danish Pelagic Producers Organisation. He is a trained fishery biologist holding a PhD degree from Wageningen University on coastal fish ecology. Dr. Sparrevohn worked as a researcher at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU Aqua until 2013, where he moved to the position as chief-scientist for the 11 largest Danish pelagic vessels.

    In his present position, Dr. Sparrevohn disseminate the scientific advice to the industry, and industry knowledge to the scientific community. He is also responsible for engaging industry in scientific projects and data collection initiatives, aiming at longterm sustainable fisheries management.

    Throughout his carrier Dr. Sparrevohn has been a member of several ICES expert groups and participated in numerous ICES Management Strategy Evaluations and benchmarks.


  • Samantha Burgess

    Dr Samantha Burgess is head of marine policy for WWF in Europe. She has worked as a science policy adviser, consultant and research scientist in Europe, Africa the Caribbean and Australasia. Throughout her career, She has been involved in a range of multidisciplinary projects and science policy regulatory bodies in support of marine research, conservation, sustainable development of marine and coastal environments and evidence informed policy frameworks. Her focus has been to work at the interface between science and policy, combining her broad expertise in marine and climate sciences with knowledge of ocean governance in Europe and globally. Burgess holds a PhD in marine geochemistry from the Australian National University and has worked in a range of different ecosystems from hydrothermal vents on the high seas to tropical coral reefs, temperate seagrass and Antarctic benthic systems.

  • Dr. Ciaran Kelly

    Dr Ciaran Kelly is the Manager Integrated Scientific advice at the Marine Institute Ireland.

    Trained as a marine biologist and subsequently as a fisheries scientist, Dr kelly has worked at fish stock assessment and providing advice to managers and policy makers for over 20 years. Over this time Dr. Kelly has participated in developing the ICES data limited advice framework and the MSY approach, more recently co-chairing the ICES strategic initiative on the development of stock assessment for advice provision. In conjunction with other ICES colleagues Dr Kelly has given training courses hosted by DGMARE and ICES on fisheries advice and assessment to officials from EU Commission, Parliament and Council, and stakeholders from fish producers and fishermen’s organisations. Currently Dr Kelly is the lead at the Marine Institute responsible for the delivery of integrated scientific advice to key clients.

  • Clara Ulrich

    Professor in Fisheries Management at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU Aqua. International Coordinator of the EU H2020 DiscardLess project (2015-2019) and Chair of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries of the European Commission (STECF) since 2016. Clara Ulrich has been working on fisheries management issues in more than 20 years, with more than 45 peer-reviewed publications in the field of mixed fisheries, discards, management strategies evaluation, fleet dynamics and stock assessment. She is a scientific advisor for fisheries, both at national and international level, including major involvement in the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), where she was the chair of the Working Group for the assessment of demersal stocks in the North Sea and Skagerrak between 2009 and 2012, and where she is also the main developer of the mixed-fisheries advice.

  • Ernesto Jardim

    Ernesto Jardim (Italy), Senior Research Fellow at the Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra, Italy

    Ernesto Jardim is a fisheries scientist with a background in Marine Biology, Statistics and Fisheries. Currently he's a senior research fellow at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC). He's involved in the development, design and evaluation of multi-annual management plans within the scope of the STECF, where he's also involved in other subjects like monitoring of the CFP, landings obligations and Mediterranean stock assessment. His research interests at the moment are the development of quantitative methods for scientific advice.

  • Karmenu Vella

    Karmenu Vella is the European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs. He was born in Malta in June 1950. Mr Vella graduated in Architecture and Civil Engineering, and later obtained a Master of Science in Tourism Management from the University of Sheffield. He was first elected to Parliament in 1976 and continued to be re-elected in the elections that followed for nine consecutive times. During his political career he has exercised governmental responsibilities as Minister for Public Works, as Minister for Industry and twice as Minister for Tourism. Mr Vella had also held various senior posts in the private sector.

    As European Commissioner, he is mandated to engage in shaping international ocean governance in the UN, in other multilateral fora and bilaterally with key global partners of the EU. As a part of his mandate, he has presented in November 2016 – together with the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy – the European Commission's strategy "International ocean governance: an agenda for the future of our oceans".

  • Joao Aguilar Machado

    João Aguiar Machado, is Director General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at the European Commission since September 2015.

    J. Aguiar Machado is in charge of implementing the EU Common Fisheries Policy and to promote an integral approach to the EU Maritime Policy. Before taking up his current position, Mr Aguiar Machado was Director General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission.

    Between 2009 – 2014, Mr Aguiar Machado was Deputy Director General at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade. He was responsible for bilateral trade relations with Asia, Latin America and Africa, including many of the EU’s free trade negotiations, and for trade in services, investment, intellectual property and public procurement.

    From September 2007 to December 2008 he was Deputy Director-General at the EC’s Directorate-General for External Relations – where he was in charge of coordinating overall EU relations with Asia and Latin America.

    Mr Aguiar Machado spent most of his career working on trade matters in Brussels and in EC Delegations in both Tokyo, Japan (1989 – 1994), and Geneva, Switzerland (WTO, 1994 – 1998). Mr Aguiar Machado studied economics both in Lisbon and at the College of Europe in Bruges.

  • Eskild Kirkegaard

    Eskild Kirkegaard is Chair of ICES Advisory Committee, ACOM. He has been dealing with fisheries research and fisheries management since 1980, been Vice-director at the Danish Institute for Aquatic Research, DTU AQUA, member of STECF and worked with fisheries management in DG MARE. During his presentation, Eskild will discuss the needs for scientific information and advice on mixed fisheries and the science challenges and future scientific advice on mixed fisheries. He will also give a short presentation of ICES current mixed fisheries advice.

  • Alain Laurec

    Alain Jean-Yves LaurecNé en 1948. Enfance en Bretagne Nord, dans un village à l'époque de pêcheurs.

    Formation supérieure initiale avec dominante de mathématiques (Ingénieur Ecole Polytechnique - promotion 1967). Bifurcation en 1970 vers l'océanographie biologique, qui débouchera sur une thèse en écologie numérique (1978). A partir de 1972 carrière de chercheur océanographe, au sein de l'institut français majeur en la matière (de nos jours Institut Français de Recherche pour l'exploitation de la Mer), avec spécialisation progressive sur les questions d'évaluation des stocks halieutiques. Auteur (avec . JC Le Guen du premier manuel en la matière). Participation à des réunions au sein de structures internationales (ICCAT-CICTA; ICES, NAFO).

     En 1990 départ depuis le poste de responsable pour la pêche et l'aquaculture au sein de l'Ifremer pour les services de la Commission Européenne (Direction Générale chargée des pêches). Dans cette structure, hormis une période sabbatique (2001-2003), responsable successivement de différents services, avec pour dominantes (1) l'articulation entre la recherche et  la gestion des pêches, au nom de la Politique Commune des Pêches, et (2) le contrôle du respect des mesures.

    En retraite depuis 2008, avec continuation de l'activité via des expertises auprès notamment de pays tiers, notamment en Mauritanie. Membre en France de l'Académie de Marine (Section Navigation et Océanologie).


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