Miguel Gomez

Consultant, EDF Oceans Europe - Iberian Peninsula

Work

Areas of expertise:
Rights based fisheries management, co-management, fisheries policy analysis and development, environmental and fisheries communication

Miguel coordinates EDF Europe’s small-scale fisheries projects in Spain, working towards a vision of profound fisheries management reform nation-wide by implementing EU Common Fisheries Policy through co-management and rights-based management approaches. By working in partnership with WWF Spain he is introducing and implementing innovative data-poor fisheries management tools to improve fisheries science and incorporate it into decision-making through these approaches: which put fishing communities at the heart of managing the marine resources they depend upon.

Miguel is also working on the development of a new portal, the Comprometidos con el mar (Committed to our Oceans) website. This site brings together insights and first-hand experiences from across our Spanish learning network, including a compilation of fisheries management cases studies and tools to provide fisheries practitioners a real life vision of innovative fisheries management experiences. Bringing these personal stories and technical tools together, Comprometidos con el mar builds out a roadmap that aims to scale up EDF´s work across Spain and the Mediterranean.

Background

Prior to working with EDF, Miguel graduated with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management as a Latin American Fisheries Fellow. Before that, Miguel worked for 8 years in the environmental NGO sector with artisanal and industrial fisheries in Costa Rica and around Latin America, particularly with regard to reforming domestic and international marine conservation and fisheries policies, engaging stakeholders to promote more sustainable fisheries practices, and consolidating fisheries management plans.

Education

  • Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences and Management. University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)
  • Bren School´s Latin American Fisheries Fellow 2015
  • BSc Environmental Science, University of Plymouth, UK
  • BSc Telecommunications Engineering, Technical University of Catalunya, Spain