Emilie Litsinger

Senior Director, Indonesia and Philippines


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

Emilie has deep expertise in fisheries management design and implementation in diverse fisheries around the world—from the US to the Philippines and now Indonesia. She works with local communities, fishers, government decision-makers, fishing industry, and NGO partners to demonstrate successful models to reverse the decline of local, small scale fisheries. She advises local partners on science-based participatory community processes, and integrates experience from EDF’s Fishery Solutions Center.

Emilie also advises on effective strategies to optimize EDF’s engagement in the development and implementation of sustainable fishing on a national and global scale. Emilie has been working with EDF’s Oceans Program since 2008 after she earned her Master’s Degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington. She is thrilled to be working in South East Asia where she was born and has lived for more than 16 years.



  • 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