Dr. Gala Moreno

Dr. Gala Moreno




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An ISSF research scientist and member of the ISSF Bycatch Committee, Dr. Gala Moreno has two decades of experience working with purse seine tuna vessels in the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans, studying tuna behavior at fish aggregating devices (FADs).

Her work focuses on reducing adverse FAD impacts and draws on fishers’ knowledge and data to improve fisheries management, including through biodegradable FAD design and testing. She is a member CES Fisheries Acoustics Science and Technology (FAST) working group.

Dr. Moreno earned her doctorate from the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) in France/Seychelles and AZTI, and she has a master’s degree from the University of the Basque Country (UPV) in Leisco. She has taught university-level courses on FADs, eco-ethology of pelagic species, and hydro acoustics for pelagic species monitoring at UPV and Instituto Español de Oceanografía.

From 2003-2015 she was at AZTI, first as a researcher and then as a senior researcher. At AZTI, she coordinated the GAP2 project examining stakeholder-driven science within the context of fisheries, the MADE project on mitigating FAD impact on pelagic ecosystems, and the FADIO project on tuna behavior at FADs. She spent two years as a scientific observer with AZTI in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans in 1998-2000.

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