Dr. Tom Pickerell

Member, ISSF Environmental Stakeholder Committee & Executive Director, Global Tuna Alliance


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Dr. Tom Pickerell is a marine biologist with nearly 20 years’ experience in seafood sustainability, including wild fisheries and shellfish aquaculture, certification schemes and consumer guides, and social responsibility in seafood. He also is a founder of Tomolamola Consulting, a sustainable seafood advisory service for businesses.

Dr. Pickerell is currently the Executive Director of the Global Tuna Alliance, an independent group of retailers and supply-chain companies working to ensure that tuna ultimately meets the highest standards of environmental performance and social responsibility. Before that, he was the Global Tuna Director for the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), leading the fresh & frozen and canned tuna programs. He also worked for Seafish, the UK Seafood Industry Authority, where he was the Technical Director.

Previous to that role, Tom was the Senior Science Manager for the Seafood Watch program at Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Earlier, Tom worked at the Shellfish Association of Great Britain (SAGB), where he managed the UK Shellfish Industry Development Strategy (SIDS) and later became the Director; WWF UK, where he was the Fisheries Policy Officer; and the UK government in Defra, where he held a variety of different policy and strategy roles in fisheries and aquaculture. He has a degree in Marine Biology, a master’s degree in Analytical Biology, and a Ph.D. in shellfish aquaculture.