About Us


The network originated in the fisheries governance and food security (FISHGOVFOOD) project that was funded by the European Commission in the period from 2001-2004 (project number ICA4-CT-2001-10038). Within the context of this programme, some twenty specialists in different aspects of fisheries and aquaculture came to meet and discuss the concept of fisheries governance. The specialists were from Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and South Pacific. Realizing their joint strength and common vision, this FISHGOVFOOD project resulted in the foundation of the Fisheries Governance Network, hosted by the Centre for Maritime Research (MARE) in Amsterdam.

The Fisheries Governance Network is open to all manner of stakeholders and invites contribution from all those wishing to share their views and experiences. The founding members of the network include:

  • Jan Kooiman, Erasmus University, Netherlands (Chair) (jkooiman [@] xs4all.nl)
  • Maarten Bavinck, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (Secretary) (j.m.bavinck [@] uva.nl)
  • Ratana Chuenpagdee, Coastal Development Centre (CDC), Thailand
  • Serge Collet, Consorzio Mediterraneo, Italy
  • Poul Degnbol, Institute for Fisheries Management and Coastal Community Development (IFM), Denmark
  • Mamadou Diallo, Institut Senegalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA), Senegal
  • Katia Frangoudes, OIKOS Environnement-Ressource , France
  • Peter van der Heijden, Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation, The Netherlands
  • Svein Jentoft, University of Tromsø, Norway
  • Derek Johnson, Centre for Maritime Research (MARE), The Netherlands
  • Michel Kulbicki, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), New Caledonia
  • Robin Mahon, University of the West Indies, Barbados
  • Jose Pascual, Universidad La Laguna, Spain
  • Laura Piriz, National Board of Fisheries, Sweden
  • Roger Pullin, Manx Wildlife Trust, Isle of Man
  • Rashid Sumaila, Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Chandrika Sharma, International Collective for the Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), India
  • Andy Thorpe, University of Portsmouth, Great Britain
  • Juan Luis Suarez de Vivero, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
  • Annabelle Cruz-Trinidad, Pacific Rim Innovation and Management Exponents (PRIMEX), Philippines
  • Joeli Veitayaki, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
  • Stella Williams, Obafemi Awalowo University, Nigeria