Aurora Alifano, M.S.
As Project Director, Aurora leads multi-stakeholder initiatives to improve business practices that protect human and labor rights within the seafood industry. Her cross-sector engagement strategy brings human rights, labor, and trafficking experts into the world of seafood sustainability. Uniting expertise from representatives of companies, governments, and civil society, this work charts a new course for a truly responsible seafood industry via collaboration, development of new tools, and promotion of best practices. Aurora is a frequent speaker at industry events, presenting North American NGO and industry perspectives on illegal fishing and human rights issues. Her work also integrates social responsibility into seafood sourcing recommendations and traceability improvements, providing awareness and guidance to FishWise partners. Aurora’s interest in human rights began while treating the ill and injured as an Emergency Medical Technician in Monterey County. Aurora earned a master’s degree in marine science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from University of California, Santa Cruz. Aurora also managed international partnerships and implemented large-scale restoration projects to protect native island species in The Bahamas, the Galapagos, and Palau. She currently volunteers as a Diver Medical Technician for the Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber.