Sarah O'Brien

Fisheries Policy Manager


Areas of expertise: Fisheries monitoring and data collection; electronic monitoring, Fisheries policy and management, Pacific tuna, Sea turtle biology and conservation, Coral reef ecology

Sarah O’Brien is a Fishery Policy Manager on EDF’s Pacific Oceans team as well as our new Asia/Pacific team. Working in cooperation with fishermen, fishery managers, and other fishery stakeholders, Sarah’s work is focused on ensuring sustainability and profitability for Pacific fisheries. Sarah is a leader in transitioning fisheries towards more comprehensive and inexpensive data collection methods.

Sarah co-authored the Fishery Monitoring Roadmap, a guide for developing and refining fishery monitoring programs and helped convene a national electronic monitoring workshop in 2013. Sarah has a Master’s degree in Zoology from the University of Hawaii, with a focus on coral reef ecology.


Conservation representative to the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (2012- present)

Foreign Affairs Officer focused on sea turtle conservation and Pacific tuna fisheries for the Office of Marine Conservation, U.S. Department of State (2007 – 2010)

Fisheries Management Specialist for Atlantic tuna, shark and swordfish fisheries. Highly Migratory Species Office, National Marine Fisheries Service (2006)

Education: Master’s of Science
Department of Zoology
University of Hawaii, Manoa

Bachelor’s of Science
University of California, Santa Barbara
Major: Aquatic Biology


Claisse JT, Clark TB, Schumacher BD, McTee SA, Bushnell ME, Callan CK, Laidley CW, Parrish JD. 2011. Conventional tagging and acoustic telemetry of a small surgeonfish, Zebrasoma flavescens, in a structurally complex coral reef environment. Environmental Biology of Fishes.

Claisse, JT, SA McTee, and JD Parrish. 2009. Effects of age, size and density on natural survival for an important coral reef fishery species, yellow tang, Zebrasoma flavescens. Coral Reefs 28: 95-105.

McTee, SA. 2005. Algal territories of herbivorous damselfish: are they detrimental to the long-term persistence of a coral reef? Twenty-ninth Annual Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium, 11-12 March 2004- Abstracts. Pacific Science 59 (1): 119-120.

Oakes, FR, S McTee, J McMullen, CS Culver, and DE Morse. 2004. The effect of captivity and diet on KLH isoform ratios in Megathura crenulata. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A 138: 169-173.

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