This week the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) appointed Dr David Agnew as its new Executive Secretary as of April 2018.
Dr Agnew, from the United Kingdom, has been the Science and Standards Director of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) since 2011. During his tenure with the MSC, he has made a tremendous contribution to the organisation and has been central to establishing MSC’s position as the world’s most credible and recognised standard for wild-caught seafood.
Dr 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 and CCAMLR Data Manager. Many in the global CCAMLR community, including long-serving staff of the Secretariat, know Dr Agnew well and have great respect for his experience and skills.
CCAMLR conducted an extensive recruitment process and received high quality applications from all over the world. Interviews were conducted with shortlisted candidates during CCAMLR’s annual meetings last week. CCAMLR Members were represented on the selection panel by their heads of delegation.
Chair of CCAMLR, Dr Monde Mayekiso, congratulated Dr Agnew on his appointment.
"We are extremely pleased to have David Agnew join CCAMLR once again, this time as its Executive Secretary.
"His long and distinguished history working in Antarctic marine affairs, and fisheries more generally, will serve him well in taking CCAMLR into the future," said Dr Mayekiso.
The transition process at the CCAMLR Secretariat will see Dr Agnew working side-by-side with incumbent Executive Secretary, Mr Andrew Wright for several weeks in April next year. Mr Wright led the CCAMLR Secretariat for two four-year terms, following a long career in regional fisheries management. Mr Wright departs CCAMLR, having led the Secretariat’s support to the Commission’s work across its program, including achievements such as the establishment of the world’s largest marine protected area.
Dr Agnew advised he is enthusiastic to commence his new position and to once again call Hobart, Australia home.
"I am excited to be appointed to the position of Executive Secretary of this important and unique international organisation.
"CCAMLR has responsibility for the conservation and management of marine living resources in the Southern Ocean, which represents about 15% of the world’s ocean area.
"CCAMLR has an enviable reputation as a leader in international ocean management, and I very much look forward to contributing to its work once again," said Dr Agnew.
Dr Agnew will continue in his current role with the MSC through the end of February next year and will take up his new post with CCAMLR in April 2018.