Michel Kaiser is the Director of Science and Standards at the Marine Stewardship Council based in London. Prior to joining the MSC in 2018, he was the Professor of Marine Conservation Ecology at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University. He is an independent Member of the UK Marine Science Coordination Committee, and of the IUCN Fisheries Expert Group. He co-convened the 6th World Fisheries Congress in 2012. After gaining his Ph.D. in 1991, he joined CEFAS to lead research on the effects of human activities (fishing and aquaculture) on the marine environment. He joined Bangor University in 1998 where he has expanded these interests to encompass social and economic consequences of different approaches of managing fishing activities. Michel was awarded a D.Sc. in 2003 in Marine Biology, and was awarded the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) medal in 2004 for his contribution to fish and fisheries research. He was awarded a personal Chair in Marine Conservation Ecology in 2006. He has authored over 200 peer reviewed publications and has written or edited 5 books. He was a board member of the UK Seafish Industry Authority from 2007-2105 and was on the Joint Nature Conservation Committee board from 2012-2017. He is a council member of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles. He maintains his links to Bangor University through the supervision of PhD students, as a collaborator in research projects and teaching.
His research focuses mechanisms to improve the sustainability of global fisheries. He is best known for his work on techniques to achieve sustainable use of the marine environment, with a particular emphasis on developing techniques to minimize ecological impacts of fisheries and aquaculture, and research to underpin the appropriate use of marine protected areas. The latter focuses on recovery and dispersal dynamics in seabed communities and integration of spatial social and economic valuation of marine biodiversity. While at Bangor University, his research group provided scientific advice to the Welsh Government and the Isle of Man Government. He has worked extensively with the fishing industry to find technological solutions to data gathering and reporting.
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