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While Council Fire’s experience spans a wide array of sectors - including transportation systems, energy and natural resource management - our deepest area of expertise and specialization lies within the realm of oceans and fisheries management.

Our curation of oceans experts - accounting for more than half of the Council Fire team - has well in excess of 300 years of combined local, national and global experience leading complex policy initiatives while working to solve many of the world’s most pressing oceans issues on behalf of countless governmental, bilateral, NGO, philanthropic, financial and private sector organizations.

Most of our oceans experts hold advanced degrees in natural resource management, marine affairs, oceanography, marine biology, fisheries management, ocean law or other highly relevant areas of expertise, and have in-depth experience supporting and leading major oceans initiatives for organizations including World Wildlife Fund, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, National Geographic, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resource Defense Council, the Walton Family Foundation and SeaWeb. Others have served on a number of regional policy and governing bodies including NOAA, the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the US Departments of Commerce and State, as well as various fisheries management councils and producers organizations, both in the US and internationally.  

A few of our globally renowned oceans experts include Bruce Turris, Dorothy Lowman, Bill Eichbaum, Scott Burns, George LaPointe, Jessica Landman, George Chmael, Melissa Ryan and Monica Medina, amongst several others.   


 

As we seek to feed a growing population of nearly 8 billion people, the health of our oceans is trending in the wrong direction. According to the UN Food & Agriculture Organization, more than 31% of the world’s wild fish stocks are overfished. Simultaneously, the Ocean Health Index reports that more than 60% of coral reefs, home to 25% of all marine species, are degraded and the percentage is growing.