Program Officer, Fisheries | WWF
Maria T. Prebble is a program officer with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US) in Washington, DC. She is responsible for WWF’s Global FIP Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (G-FAST) coordination and communication among WWF co-partnered tuna FIPs, including dealing with the coordination of sustainability advocacy from vessel owners in the FIPs to governments and tuna regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs).
Previously, Prebble has worked for the IUCN Global Gender Office, where she supported projects related to fisheries, energy and climate policy. She holds a master’s degree in environmental policy and economics from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Wellesley College.
WWF has spent the last decade helping to mobilize the global tuna industry around a set of common conservation objectives to improve the status of the world’s 23 regional and individual tuna stocks.
While WWF has primarily engaged in sustainability efforts with major global tuna brands, retailers, and consumers, WWF’s Global FIP Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (G-FAST) model aims to improve sustainability practices from the very beginning of the supply chain by directly engaging with tuna fishing vessel owners. As the start of the supply chain, vessel owners are uniquely positioned to develop best practice improvements and implement them broadly. G-FAST fosters leadership around four conservation priorities: establishing precautionary harvest strategies; reducing the environmental impact of fishing activities; promoting fair and transparent enforcement; and improving the quality and quantity of fishery data.
To date, G-FAST includes eight fisheries currently in formal Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) to qualify for certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as sustainable. The annual combined total catch of tuna from these FIPs is more than 850,000 metric tons—that’s approximately 17 percent of all global catch.
This presentation will cover the progress of WWF Network-supported FIPs as well as share how the G-FAST mechanism has resulted in coordinated and consistent action on key advocacy issues at regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs).