CCAMLR appoints Dr David Agnew as Executive Secretary

27 Oct 2017
David Agnew

Dr David Agnew with a clam fisher on the Ashtamudi Estuary in Kerala, India. In November 2014, the short-necked clam fishery became the first fishery in India to achieve MSC certification. Photo ©MSC

MSC's Science and Standards Director Dr David Agnew has been appointed to the post of Executive Secretary with Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCALMR).

He has been MSC's Science and Standards Director since 2011 and the appointment to CCALMR follows an extensive recruitment process. He will continue in his current role with the MSC through to the end of February next year before taking up his new post with CCAMLR in April.

David Agnew has a long interest and significant expertise in Antarctic fisheries, having previously worked for more than 20 years in Antarctic research, and having been Chairman of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee

During his time with MSC he led revisions of the Fishery and Chain of Custody Standards, the development of impacts research and the publication of the Global Impacts Reports series, and the implementation of the Peer Review College.

"Over the past 7 years at the MSC I have had the great fortune to work with extraordinary colleagues all over the world – brought together by a commitment to ensure oceans teeming with life and a sustainable seafood market. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the MSC and its development, and to see it become a key tool in global efforts to secure healthy oceans and well-managed fisheries,” said Dr David Agnew.

“It has been a great pleasure working with David since he joined the organisation as Science and Standards Director in 2010,” said MSC CEO, Rupert Howes

“He has made an invaluable contribution to the MSC's organisational and strategic development and will be greatly missed as a friend and colleague. He leaves a highly motivated and capable team with a clearly articulated work plan for our latest strategic plan (2017-2020) and I am delighted that the MSC will continue to engage with David in his new role.”