Diego, Future of Fish’s Latin America Business Innovations Lead, joined us a last year after a series of positions in the marine resource management and sustainable fishing field.
Diego earned his Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California in Santa Barbara with a specialization in Coastal Marine Resources. He has worked as a researcher on projects ranging from human rights abuses on fisheries on a global scale, to the social-ecological adaptive capacity to climate change for small scale fishing communities in Chile and Mexico. We asked Diego a few questions about his background, and what he’s looking forward to this year with Future of Fish:
Q: How did you find your way into marine issues?
However, since the foundation of post-Columbian modern cities, the country has turned most of its attention, activities, and culture, towards multiple narrow and scattered central valleys and basins, losing the deep and natural connection that many of our ancestors and cultures — especially in the southern Patagonia — held with the ocean. I believe Chile has a vocation for the sea, but we have neglected it for centuries.
My deep admiration for the natural world grew unleashed in such a natural context, but together with it, the awareness of the impacts we are increasingly causing as a species. The complexities and environmental threats regarding our oceans and its resources, the recognition of its relevance, and a desire to honor, emphasize, and communicate its importance to our culture and our future, led me to orientate my efforts towards its sustainable management. I didn’t grow up by the sea, but it’s persistent murmur has been part of my family’s collective memory forever.
Q: Interest in seafood sustainability and traceability has grown in recent years. Why do you think that is?
I think the interest in sustainability in the seafood sector is not too different to other growing concerns of social and ecological sustainability globally, and I am confident that this will only continue to expand in the coming years. We are already suffering the effects of overexploitation of resources, biodiversity loss, pollution, and -our most urgent threat- climate change. And the effects and consequences seem to be gaining momentum in an unrelenting manner. There are important international efforts in place, and inspiring local initiatives that educate the population and point us in the right direction. We must keep in mind -however- that global and stringent collective and regulatory action are fundamental in order to face these challenges proportionally.
Q: Where do you hope global fish production will be in 5 years? 10 years?
Q: What were you doing before you joined Future of Fish?
Q: What most attracted you to working with Future of Fish?
Q: What are you most looking forward to doing in the next year?
Published May 05, 2020