Amy West, M.Sc.
As Project Director, Amy supports SALT— the public-private partnership with USAID, and the Walton Family, Packard, and Moore Foundations— that aims to improve fisheries management and traceability in the seafood supply. She helps shape the new initiative through outreach and communication and convening and building a global network of traceability and illegal fishing experts. Her 20 years as a marine scientist encompass a diverse array of marine and aquatic endeavors around the globe. Past fisheries projects include working with NMFS as an Alaskan observer, the International Pacific Halibut Commission as a biologist, NOAA as a salmon research tech, and Peace Corps as an aquaculture agent. She holds an MSc in Marine Science from the University of Otago in New Zealand, and a BS in Marine Biology from the University of the Virgin Islands, as well as a Science Communication degree from UC Santa Cruz. She recently worked for five years as a science communicator, and as an independent science and multimedia journalist focused heavily on ocean conservation and fisheries stories. Amy’s wide-ranging project experience, passion for ocean stewardship, and her ability to connect to diverse people and communicate their stories, empower her to collaborate on innovative solutions for legal and sustainable seafood.