Biography for Eric Gilman

Eric Gilman, PhD
Fisheries Research Group
Associate Faculty, Hawaii Pacific University
Director, Corporate Environmental Responsibility, Luen Thai Fishing Venture
3661 Loulu Street | Honolulu, Hawaii 96822  USA
Skype: eric.gilman

Eric Gilman, Ph.D., conducts research on the ecological effects and governance of pelagic (open-ocean) fisheries, and provides consultancy research and advisory services to intergovernmental organizations, domestic government agencies, seafood supply chain companies and non-governmental organizations. He is Associate Faculty at Hawaii Pacific University and a consultant and advisor to The Nature Conservancy, Luen Thai Fishing Venture, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. His research areas include: direct and collateral effects of pelagic fisheries, gear technology mitigation of problematic bycatch in pelagic fisheries, regional governance systems for longline and purse seine tuna fisheries, and methods to estimate and control ghost fishing mortality in derelict fishing gear. He assists seafood companies to develop and implement sustainable tuna product sourcing policies, implement fishery improvement projects, and achieve and maintain certification against the Marine Stewardship Program standard. 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 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 over 330/year; he has published over 120 items, including 36 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Reprints are available at: and

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 programs. 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 Pelagic 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 the 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 a nine-year-old daughter, and enjoys running and growing coffee trees on his property in Hawaii.


Editor of the journal Endangered Species Research

Website for project facilitating supply chain company support and participation in western and central Pacific Ocean regional and sub-regional management systems for albacore, bigeye and yellowfin tuna:  

Links to download compiled training materials for longline fishers in species identification, and best practice handling and release practices for seabirds, sea turtles, cetaceans, and unwanted sharks & rays:  

DIVERSITAS Endorsement of EBFM projects

Lenfest Ocean Program summary of supported projects

Publications are available at:

Seafood Summit 2015 - session on sustainable tuna product sourcing policies DOWNLOAD

Presentation on Ecological Data Requirements to Support Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management, made at the March 2014 FAO/ICES conference on fishery dependent data:

Presentation on Regional Fisheries Management Organizations' Monitoring and Management of Derelict Fishing Gear and Ghost Fishing, August 2014 International Whaling Commission Workshop on Threats from Marine Debris on Cetaceans. DOWNLOAD

Blog on ISSF website - on findings from a study that developed a standard against which to assess transparency in information on Member State compliance with RFMO obligations:

Blog on ISSF website - on tuna regional fisheries management organizations' progress and opportunities for improvement in governing tuna longline and purse seine tuna fisheries:

May 2013 Symposium on High Seas Ocean Governance, Stanford University

March 2013 presentation at the IUCN workshop, "Ecosystem-Level Impacts of Fisheries Bycatch on Marine Megafauna" -  

October 2012 Conference, Towards Ecosystem-based Management of Tuna Fisheries,

IC Independent Consulting:

Workshop on methods for estimating sea turtle post-release mortality in pelagic longline fisheries

Hawaii Pacific Uni staff listing

Mentor group on developing gear technology methods to mitigate seabird bycatch

Pinterest shark bycatch board:

Google citation index 

Consulting services fisheries mangrove bycatch 
Charlotte Perkins Yellow wallpaper rfp request proposal free sample

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