Sharks: Restoring the Balance
Ian heads up the Pacific Shark Heritage Programme, where he oversees engagements with the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, while serving as the WWF’s leader for the shark tourism guide. He a fisheries specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in marine conservation, working in the public, private and NGO sectors. Ian graduated from Heriot-Watt University in 1993 with an honour’s degree in Applied Marine Biology, beginning his career as a field assistant on a variety of shark projects at the Bimini Biological Field Station in 1994. In 1997, Ian served as a commercial diver, working on both inshore and offshore oil facilities.
In 2004, Ian graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a Masters in Environmental Science before taking up employment as a marine ecologist for a commercial survey company. In 2007, he managed inshore fisheries in the United Kingdom as a Sea Fisheries Officer before moving into developing policy matters for the UK’s statutory nature conservation body Natural England. In 2011, Ian worked on the reform of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy for the Pew Charitable Trusts before joining the WWF’s Global Shark and Ray Initiative. Ian is currently based in Fiji, where he leads the WWF’s work on shark and ray management.