Coastal Fisheries Strategy Lead, Global Provide Food & Water Team
Carmen Revenga is a senior scientist at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), where she leads TNC's Coastal Fisheries Strategy. Carmen has more than 20 years of experience working on linking science and policy to improve the management of marine fisheries and freshwater resources.
TNC’s vision is for global fisheries to be managed in a way that results in sustainable fisheries, stable supplies of seafood, thriving coastal communities and biodiversity conservation. To achieve this vision, Carmen leads TNC’s FishPath program, which, together with field teams and partners, encompasses a portfolio of projects that puts coastal fisheries on the path to sustainability.
As the co-principal investigator in the Data-Limited Fisheries Working Group under the auspices of the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), she and her colleagues developed a comprehensive framework for guiding the assessment and management of data- and capacity-limited fisheries. This framework was the seed that developed into today’s FishPath program—a program that provides a unique structured approach and scientific method for moving fisheries along the path to sustainability. FishPath is currently being applied to fisheries in more than a dozen countries, and the FishPath Tool has more than 900 registered users.
Between 2004 and 2009, when Carmen joined the Global Oceans Team, she was part of TNC's Central Science team, where she led and authored TNC's global assessment on the status and threats to freshwater ecosystems and marine fisheries, which were key contributions to The Atlas of Global Conservation (University of California Press, 2010).
She and her TNC co-authors compiled and developed an unprecedented number of global maps to describe the state of the natural world, which are available online. Before coming to TNC, she worked for the World Resources Institute, where she focused on developing indicators that helped assess the condition of and threats to freshwater and marine ecosystems. She also worked in translating science into policy measures to improve the management of fisheries and freshwater resources.
She has published a number of influential books, reports and papers relating to the condition of marine and inland fisheries and freshwater ecosystems, including the report titled Fishing for Answers: Making sense of the global fish crisis (WRI 2004), which was used as the basis for a Bill Moyer's PBS special feature on overfishing. She holds degrees in zoology and conservation biology from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain and the University of Maryland in the U.S.
She frequently speaks on fisheries and freshwater topics at national and international conferences and has been involved in multiple global assessments including the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the World Water Development Report and the 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership.