Mark Richardson, M.S., M.P.A.
As Senior Project Director, Mark oversees all traceability and human rights work with FishWise’s seafood industry business partners. Working closely with stakeholders from industry, government, academia, and NGOs, he develops novel solutions and collaborative approaches to help seafood industry partners achieve their traceability goals and eliminate products from their supply chains that are harvested illegally or associated with human rights abuses. Mark is a frequent speaker at global industry events and conferences, covering topics that include seafood sustainability, fisheries monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS), and international governance regimes against IUU fishing. Prior to joining FishWise, Mark worked for The Pew Charitable Trusts where he supported development of a satellite technology platform to monitor IUU fishing, created analytical tools to help industry assess IUU risks within their supply chains, and led a partnership with INTERPOL to create a multi-national initiative that combats illegal fishing and related criminal activity through its global police network. Mark’s prior professional experience also includes work on a number of ocean science and advocacy issues, as well as conducting performance assessments of federal public health programs. Mark holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University, a M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in German Language and Literature from Binghamton University.