Shelley Dearhart & Tori Spence McConnell, Seafood Watch Program
Moss Landing Marine Labs Seminar Series - October 31st, 2019
Hosted by the Ichthyology Lab
MLML Seminar Room, 4pm
Open to the public
Shelley Dearhart joined Seafood Watch in July 2018. Her professional experience has encompassed marine mammal, diamondback terrapin and fisheries research and conservation efforts and overall ocean health. She has managed several sustainable fisheries programs including, the South Carolina Aquarium’s,Good Catch program and The Safina Center’s Sustainable Seafood Program focusing in both communicating the importance of and assessing global fisheries for sustainability. She earned a B.A. in both Biological Sciences and Psychology from Clemson University and completed her graduate work through the College of Charleston’s Environmental Studies program.
Tori Spence McConnell is an Aquaculture Scientist at Seafood Watch, where she researches global aquaculture sustainability within the context of the US market. In addition to this research, she has also contributed to several initiatives utilizing Seafood Watch ratings to drive improvement efforts in aquaculture systems globally. Tori serves as a representative to the Global Seafood Ratings Alliance (GSRA) and also coordinates the Seafood Watch Multi-Stakeholder Group. Prior to working with Seafood Watch, she spent several years as an ISO-certified Lead Auditor, specializing in eco-certifications, including ASC farm, ASC/MSC COC, EU Organic, and Naturland standards. She also worked as an inspector and program manager for audits according to several eco-standards. Her educational background is rooted in biology and animal husbandry, as she holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Kentucky and an MSc. in Aquaculture from the University of Rhode Islan