UK Fisheries Manager, EU Oceans Program
Areas of expertise: Policy Development, Environmental Regulation, Research and Analysis, Rights-based fisheries management/Catch-shares, stakeholder engagement, sustainable development, EU and UK fisheries regulation
Erin is the United Kingdom’s country manager for EDF Oceans, Europe. She works with UK fishery stakeholders to find collaborative solutions to complex fisheries management challenges. This has included working with industry and others to showcase innovative and solution-focused tools, like smart quota management, to help implement the Common Fisheries Policy’s (CFP) flagship regulation - the landing obligation, also known as the discard ban. Specifically, she has worked closely with Scottish industry and the Scottish Government to help inform and influence policy towards a robust quota management system in Scotland.
Erin has also led in the design and execution of several stakeholder-focused workshops to bring together several European countries in an effort to progress management issues in the Channel king scallop fishery.
Erin is currently leading a review on Brexit – or Britain exiting the European Union. The outcome of the review will help inform EDF Europe’s strategy on this complex political issue and its implications for future fisheries management. In tandem to this, Erin is supporting other EDF Europe projects, including the development of a Europe-wide quota transfer platform and advising on how best to achieve full catch accountability within the EU fishing fleet.
Prior to EDF, Erin worked as a policy advisor with the UK Government, supporting policy development of the UK position during the 2012 reform round of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). She also supported the successful passing of the 2009 Marine and Coastal Access Act through Parliament.
Other relevant experiences include partnering with WWF-South Pacific to evaluate the success of community-based fisheries management approaches in Fiji, working with the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC) to support the development of fisheries policy, governance and outreach in the ASEAN region, and carrying out research for the Partnership for African Fisheries (PAF) to assess the feasibility of setting up a pan-African fisheries internship program.
MSc. Environmental Policy and Regulation, London School of Economics.
BA. Hons. International Development, Dalhousie University.
Dipl. Marine Environmental Technology, Marine Institute of Memorial University.