The Global Fisheries Transparency Coalition is an international community of non-governmental advocacy organizations and regional coalitions that work together to improve transparency and accountability in fisheries governance and management.
Our mission is to support the efforts of civil society organizations on the national and regional level, and to drive progress in fisheries transparency on a global scale. Our mission is to stop illegal fishing and human rights abuses at sea and level the playing field among fisheries stakeholders.
The coalition connects organizations already engaged in the issue, but isolated by geography or lack of capacity, enabling them to achieve better policy outcomes.
The Coalition facilitates coordination, collaboration and cross-regional communication among initiatives that focus on fisheries transparency globally.
How are we different from other existing fisheries transparency initiatives?
Though NGOs around the world are advancing work on transparency in fisheries, the global scale of the problem showcases that standalone efforts are not enough to turn the tide.
In order to maximize impact and accelerate change, we have created a more formal and structured framework for our members to allow them to learn from each other, find opportunities to leverage each other’s work, support existing regional coalitions and their members in market states and foster similar activities in important coastal and flag states, that still lack adequate measures to address the issue of transparency in fisheries.
The Coalition Secretariat, guided by the Steering Committee, supports the work of the Coalition for Fisheries Transparency and its members.
Maisie Pigeon, Director
Maisie Pigeon is the Director of the Coalition for Fisheries Transparency, an international network of civil society organizations committed to improving data transparency in the fisheries sector. She oversees the Coalition’s day-to-day work and works closely with the Secretariat staff, Steering Committee, and member organizations to develop strategies to improve fisheries transparency across the globe.
Prior to joining the CFT, she spent over a decade working alongside governments and international organizations to promote initiatives to secure maritime spaces, encourage ocean governance, promote blue economic growth, and stabilize coastal communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere.
Maisie has provided consultation and research support to the Global Maritime Crime Programme at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the International Maritime Organization, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and is a member of the International Board at the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI).
Emily Porterfield, Associate
Emily Porterfield provides support to the Secretariat, the Steering Committee, and the Coalition’s member organizations as well as oversees various projects to advance transparency at sea.
Prior to joining the Coalition, Emily gained experience at Oceana working on the Illegal Fishing and Transparency campaign. In this role, she developed her project management, research, administration, and communications skills that she now utilizes in her Associate position.
Agata Mrowiec, Communications Manager
Agata Mrowiec leads communications efforts for the Coalition, working closely with the Secretariat staff, and the Steering Committee. She holds a decade of solid experience gained in public relation agencies, NGO sector and international organization. Prior to joining the Coalition, Agata was a communications lead for the EAF-Nansen fisheries development programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Before that, she served as a Senior EU Communications Officer at Oceana Brussels office.
The Coalition is governed by the Steering Committee of select NGO campaign leaders in fisheries transparency who decide on matters such as defining coalition priorities, developing necessary policies, and overseeing the coalition budget. The Coalition is co-chaired by Oceana and the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), and joined by WWF Network, Global Fishing Watch, Seafood Legacy (Japan), Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation in West Africa (PRCMarine) and Citizens’ Institute of Environmental Studies (South Korea).