Rod M. Fujita

Director of Research and Development, Oceans Program

Areas of expertise: Oceans Program, catch shares, Latin America & the Caribbean, renewing fisheries, marine protected areas


Rod Fujita is a leader in the theory and practice of sustainable fisheries that align conservation with the business of fishing. He has extensive experience working with fishing communities, regulators, and business leaders in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and internationally.

Rod's skills as a scientist and consensus-builder mean he is frequently asked to serve on state and federal advisory bodies, National Academy of Sciences and other academic panels and as an expert in public forums. Rod received his Ph.D. in Marine Biology at the Boston University Marine Program.


  • Ph.D., Marine Biology, Boston University Marine Program, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole.
  • Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation (2000)
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (1987-1988)
  • Research associate, Oregon State University College of Oceanography and Marine Science Center (1985-1987)
  • Guest investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study mariculture in Japan (1978-1979)
  • Co-founder, Florida Keys Water Quality Joint Action Group, an alliance of marine resource user groups and environmentalists concerned with degradation of water quality in Florida Bay and the Florida Keys
  • Member, Technical Advisory Committee for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
  • Consultant to the Science Advisory Board on Bioremediation of Oil Spills, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Participant in several National Academy of Sciences panels
  • Science consultant to the joint American Museum of Natural History/Environmental Defense Fund traveling climate change exhibition
  • Author, Heal the Oceans: Solutions for Saving Our Seas (New Society, 2003)


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