Fisheries Research Group
Associate Faculty, Hawaii Pacific University
Director, Corporate Environmental Responsibility, Luen Thai Fishing Venture
3661 Loulu Street | Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 USA
Eric Gilman, Ph.D., conducts independent private foundation-funded research on the ecological effects of capture fisheries, and provides consultancy research and advisory services to intergovernmental organizations and domestic government agencies, seafood supply chain companies, and non-governmental organizations. He is Associate Faculty at Hawaii Pacific University, Director of Corporate Environmental Sustainability with Luen Thai Fishing Venture, and Senior Fisheries Advisor to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. His research areas include: marine fisheries science and governance, ecosystem-level effects of marine capture fisheries, gear technology mitigation of problematic bycatch in marine capture fisheries, and mangrove ecosystem responses to climate change and adaptation options. Previous employment included Marine Science Advisor with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Global Marine Programme, Head of Participation of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Pacific Representative for the National Audubon Society Oceans Program, Special Assistant for the Environment with the Office of the Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Environmental Advisor to the Pohnpei Port Authority of the Federated States of Micronesia. He was a Visiting Scientist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, where in 2007 he developed international guidelines on sea turtle bycatch mitigation, and in 2014 will again work with FAO to develop international guidelines on Ecological Risk Assessment Methods for the Effects of Pelagic Fisheries. He has a PhD from the University of Tasmania School of Geography and Environmental Studies, Australia; MSc from Oregon State University Department of Oceanography, USA; and BA from Wesleyan University, USA. Eric’s five-year average citation rate is 248/year; he has published over 120 items, including 31 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Reprints of publications are available at: https://sites.google.com/site/publicationsericgilman/ and https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eric_Gilman2/?ev=hdr_xprf.
Eric began his career as a wetlands scientist, researching coastal wetland ecological restoration techniques, coastal wetland responses to change in relative sea-level, and assessing the capacity of Pacific Island Countries to adapt to coastal ecosystem response to climate change. Following graduate school, he worked for the Pohnpei Port Authority in the Federated States of Micronesia, followed by a position on the cabinet of the Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands where he was responsible for a broad range of environmental research and policy areas. Eric then relocated to Hawaii, taking up a post with the Audubon Society and Blue Ocean Institute, conducting cooperative research to mitigate problematic bycatch in pelagic longline fisheries. In 1999 he founded and continues to manage the Fisheries Research Group, an informal coalition of fisheries research scientists that conducts independent research on the effects of fishing operations on pelagic ecosystems, funded primarily by private foundations. Eric was a visiting scientist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, where he developed FAO’s guidance on minimizing fisheries adverse effects on sea turtles, and assessed progress by regional fishery bodies in governing problematic bycatch. He then joined IUCN Global Marine Programme to continue gear technology research in pelagic fisheries, and initiated a program that catalyzed involvement of companies in tuna product supply chains in domestic and regional fisheries governance, sustainable seafood sourcing and fisheries improvement. After a senior management position with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility in Copenhagen, Denmark, he returned to Hawaii to take up an associate faculty post at Hawaii Pacific University Department of Natural Sciences, lead Luen Thai Fishing Venture’s environmental sustainability activities, serve as a fisheries advisor to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, resume independent research through the Fisheries Research Group coalition, and resume consulting services for various IGOs, NGOs and seafood supply chain companies. Eric is married, has an eight-year-old daughter, and enjoys running and growing coffee trees on his property in Hawaii.
Editor of the journal Endangered Species Research: http://www.int-res.com/journals/esr/editors/
DIVERSITAS Endorsement of EBFM projects http://www.diversitas-international.org/activities/endorsed-projects-1/on-going-projects#Marine%20fisheries
Lenfest Ocean Program summary of supported
Blog on ISSF website - on tuna regional fisheries management organizations' progress and opportunities for improvement in governing tuna longline and purse seine tuna fisheries: http://iss-foundation.org/2012/09/21/assessing-rfmos-on-bycatch-management/.
May 2013 Symposium on High Seas Ocean Governance, Stanford University http://blogs.law.stanford.edu/dynamic-ocean/files/2013/06/Gilman_Stanford_May2013_EBFM-tuna-fisheries.pdf
October 2012 Conference, Towards Ecosystem-based Management of Tuna Fisheries, http://ebfmtuna-2012.sciencesconf.org/conference/ebfmtuna-2012/pages/keynote_speakers_Gilman_2.pdf
IC Independent Consulting: www.icic.net.au
Workshop on methods for estimating sea turtle post-release mortality in pelagic longline fisheries https://sites.google.com/site/turtlepostreleasemortality/
Hawaii Pacific Uni staff listing http://www.hpu.edu/CNCS/Faculty_Staff/NS_Faculty.html
Mentor group on developing gear technology methods to mitigate seabird bycatch http://www.southernseabirds.org/ss-referralgroup
Pinterest shark bycatch board: http://www.pinterest.com/ericgilman/shark-bycatch/
Google citation index http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ai5dS8QAAAAJ&hl=en
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