Emilie Litsinger

Director, Philippines Oceans


Areas of expertise: Oceans Program, catch shares, marine protected areas

Emilie is an expert in fisheries policy and community engagement. In her current role as Director in the Philippines, she works alongside our Fish Forever partners at Rare and UCSB with coastal communities and local government units to demonstrate successful models to reverse the decline of local, small scale fisheries. With Rare, she advises local partners on rights based management designs and participatory community processes, and integrates experience from EDF’s Fishery and Solutions Center.  Emilie also advises on effective strategies to optimize EDF’s engagement in the development and implementation of the Fish Forever Program on a national and global scale.  Emilie is thrilled to be back in the Philippines where she was born and raised.



  • Masters, Marine and Fisheries Policy, University of Washington (2007)
  • B.A., Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz (2001)
  • B.A., Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz (2001)


  • New England Fishery Management Council Groundfish Advisory Panel Member
  • New England Fishery Management Council Recreational Advisory Panel Member


Hilborn, R. and E. Litsinger. (2009) Causes of decline and potential recovery of Atlantic cod populations. Open Fish Sci. J. 2. 32-8

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