Keith Symington: Bycatch strategy leader

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Keith Symington
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Keith Symington joins WWF’s Coral Triangle Programme as Bycatch Strategy Leader.
Bycatch mitigation is a central piece of the turtle and tuna strategies, delivering both fisheries reform and species conservation outcomes.

Keith comes from WWF’s Greater Mekong Programme, where he led the development of the marine and fisheries programme in Vietnam from 2004. He helped develop Vietnam's first ever bycatch observer program, developing direct industry and government partnerships on circle hook trials and tuna policy work.

Keith also helped develop Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in Vietnam, working with market actors to improve market linkages, building key constituencies and cultivating industry-led initiatives.

Keith worked in Pacific Canada on marine and fisheries management, including acting as lead NGO representative at Integrated Groundfish Management and Rockfish Conservation Strategy technical planning tables.

He also co-chaired the marine conservation sector's representation and input into the MSC processes on salmon and Pacific halibut.

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