Eric Gilman, Ph.D., studies open-ocean commercial fishing, both its ecological effects and the governance and management needed to stop depletion. His main research areas focus on how open-ocean fishing affects wild populations, how to cut incidental catches of fish and seabirds in longline fisheries, how to reduce waste, and the mortality caused by lost nets.
Eric frequently advises international and U.S. management agencies and non-governmental organizations as diverse as The Nature Conservancy, Luen Thai Fishing Venture and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. He is an associate professor at Hawaii Pacific University, and owner and principal of Pelagic Fisheries Research Services. He helps seafood companies source sustainable tuna products. Eric’s formerly worked as Marine Science Advisor with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Global Marine Programme, Pacific Representative for the National Audubon Society’s Living Oceans Program, Special Assistant for the Environment for the Northern Mariana Islands, and Environmental Advisor to the Pohnpei Port Authority of the Federated States of Micronesia.
Currently Eric is developing a research plan for a project that would change the capacity of domestic fisheries management authorities, fishing companies and other stakeholders to carry out ecological risk assessments, holistically manage bycatch and manage broad ecosystem effects of marine fisheries. As part of this project, he’s working with experts to define a standard against which to assess the ecological effects of coastal drift gillnet and pelagic longline fisheries. The experts will also create fisheries management support tools–including new ecological risk standards and a manual on how to handle and release unintentionally caught at-risk wildlife. Eric will oversee pilot projects to determine the efficacy of the new bycatch standards and support tools.
Eric has a PhD from the University of Tasmania, a Master’s from Oregon State University, and a BA from Wesleyan University, USA. his voluminous publications are cited in print more than once a day on average.