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"Market-based Conservation through MSC, ASC and FairTrade"

Sian Morgan, PhD
Director of the Americas
SCS Global Services

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"Sian Morgan is a leader in the application of science and conservation principles to fisheries and aquaculture evaluation, expressed through her work as a third-party auditor with Scientific Certifications Systems. Her work in seafood certification, including MSC (wild-caught), ACS (aquaculture), and the new Fair Trade USA Capture Fisheries Standards will provide a behind-the-scenes view into leading seafood certifications." — Mary Luna, host, Latin American Fisheries Fellow

Sian Morgon’s talk “Markets-based conservation through MSC, ASC, and Fair Trade” will provide her unique insight into the practical applications of market-based conservation approaches from her work as an independent auditor with Sustainable Certifications Systems (SCS). In her presentation, she will provide an overview of seafood certifications and recommendation lists for both capture and aquaculture fisheries, address the roles of independent auditing and core organizations involved in the certification process, discuss comparative advantages and shortcomings of evaluation standards, and introduce a new set of standards for capture fisheries under Fair Trade USA.

Sian Morgan has ten years of experience in the fields of marine ecology and fisheries science, with particular expertise in market-based fisheries reform, certification, and quantitative methods for decision analysis. Her doctoral research at the Fisheries Center at the University of British Columbia/McGill examined the ecology, population dynamics, and management of a small-scale, data-poor fishery in Asia. Dr. Morgan has worked in non-governmental, academic and consulting settings and has experience in various forms of multi-stakeholder consultation. Past projects she has managed include development of SeaChoice, a national sustainable seafood program for Canada; conceiving pragmatic trade tools for the CITES Secretariat; and performing various consultancies for the World Wildlife Fund.

As Director of the Americas for SCS Global Services, Dr. Morgan leads expert teams that evaluate fisheries against the MSC standard and farming operations against ASC standards. She is qualified to audit SA 8000 and MSC/ASC CoC and is currently working with Fair Trade USA to develop a standard for wild-capture fisheries, designed to leverage international markets in support of artisanal fisheries.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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