30 years working on Bycatch
The School of Aquatic Fisheries and Sciences (SAFC) was founded in 1919, and is dedicated to the study of marine and freshwater ecosystems.
Above is a link to the SAFC site featuring a biography of Martin A. Hall (Ph.D.), a school alumnus.
2020 - Founding organizer of the redCID (red para el studio de capturas incidentals y Descartes) an IberoAmerican network for the study of bycatches and discards.
2020 - Guest Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography – Univ. of California, San Diego of a graduate course titled “Bycatch: problems and solutions”
2020 - Member of the Working Group on Fish Technology and Fish Bevavior - International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
2019 - Participated in Fisheries Improvement Projects workshops to improve sustainability for purse seine and longline fisheries
May 2011 - Member of the Steering Committee of the Circle Hook Symposium – Miami
Since 2009, Member of the Scientific Committee on Bycatch – International Seafood Sustainability Foundation
December 2009 - FAO Expert Consultation on "International Guidelines for Bycatch Management and Reduction of Discards"
November 2009 - Chair of the Steering Committee, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation Meeting to reduce bycatch in the tuna purse seine fisheries on Fish Aggregating Devices
2005 - Now Member of the Jury “Smart Gear” awards
2003 - 2005 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Seafood Watch (continued since 2014)
2006 - 2009 Member of the Technical Advisory Board, Marine Stewardship Council
2002 - 2006 Member of the Scientific, Academic and Resource management section of the Stakeholder Council, Marine Stewardship Council (continued since 2011)
2001 - Now Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Fundacion Vida Silvestre Argentina (WWF Partner Org.)
2001 - Member of the Standards Committee, Marine Stewardship Council
Member of the Board of Directors of the National Fisheries Conservation Center
1994 - 1995 Member of the Steering Committee of the Solving Bycatch National Workshop, and Convener of the Management Solutions (International) Session
1989 - 1992 Member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Reducing Porpoise Mortality from Tuna Fishing.
Since 1984, Head of Bycatch Programs and Agreement for the International Dolphin Conservation Program - Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission IATTC
1983 - 1984 Researcher, Centro Nacional Patagónico, Puerto Madryn, Argentina
1977 - 1982 Fulbright Fellowship, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
1973 - 1977 Head of the Seaweed Resources Program, Puerto Madryn, Argentina
1972 - 1973 Fellowship for Advanced Training in Biometry and Biostatistics, Institute of Neurobiology, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1970 - 1972 Teaching Assistant, Univ. of Buenos Aires
1970 - 1972 Researcher on Ecology of Seaweeds/Benthic Communities, Centro de Investigaciones de Biología Marina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Expansion of international observer program from 3% to 100% between 1984 and 1992, and adherence of all nations fishing in the region.
- Management of the second largest observer program in the world.
- Identification of the major factors causing or increasing dolphin mortality in the fishery.
- Development and implementation of a fishers training program to improve performance in reducing dolphin mortality.
- Reduction of dolphin mortality from over 130,000 in 1986 to less than 900 in recent years, while maintaining the fishing operations at a high level.
Other fisheries issues:
- Development of strategies for bycatch reduction programs, and provision of technical and managerial advice to fisheries facing bycatch problems (e.g. bycatches on Fish Aggregating Devices).
- Initiation of a multinational artisanal fishers program to reduce sea turtle bycatch along the Pacific Coast of America.
- Development and implementation of the first bycatch management system based on individual vessel quotas.
- Development and implementation of the Agreement for the International Dolphin Conservation Program (AIDCP), a 19-nation treaty.
- Development and implementation of the first transparent mechanism to monitor compliance with fisheries: the International Review Panel of the AIDCP.