Klaas de Vos

'Manager, Sustainable Fisheries Finance


Areas of expertise: Private finance investment in fisheries, fisher-science partnerships and global environmental governance.

Klaas is the country manager for EDF oceans’ work in the United Kingdom. In this role he works with UK fishery stakeholders to find collaborative solutions to challenges facing them — the most pressing of which is the implementation of the landing obligation, also known as the discard ban, under the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

His work in the UK focuses on analysis and project management of a number of projects including work on king scallop management in the Channel, community quota development for the English inshore and fisheries policy in Scotland.

Additionally, Klaas supports work at a wider European level by participating in conversations and working groups at the North Sea Advisory Council (NSAC), where he provides input to fisheries policy advice at a regional level in Europe.

Separately, Klaas also works as part of EDF’s broader fisheries finance efforts to identify opportunities for investment in fisheries’ transition to sustainability.


Before joining EDF, Klaas worked as a Senior Programme Officer for The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU), where he focused on enabling private finance investment in the transition to sustainable fisheries, working with NGOs and the investment community to identify potential opportunities for investment and considering how these might be structured.

As part of this work, Klaas co-authored, with Lucy Holmes of the ISU and Kent Strauss and Kate Bonzon of the Fisheries Solutions Center, the report Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries.

In addition, while at the ISU Klaas focused on global environmental governance for oceans and worked on addressing marine plastic waste through enabling a more circular material economy.


BSc (Hons) 1st Class, Ecology & Conservation, University of St Andrews

MSc with Merit, Environmental Policy and Regulation, London School of Economics and Political Science


Holmes, L., Strauss, C. K., de Vos, K., Bonzon, K. (2014). Towards investment in sustainable fisheries: A framework for financing the transition. Environmental Defense Fund and The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit.

Towards Global Sustainable Fisheries: The Opportunity for Transition [PDF] (2012). The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit.

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