Speaker Bios

Barry Torkington, Symposium Chair, LegaSea

Barry Torkington Barry has a background in commercial fishing and aquaculture. He served as a director of Leigh Fisheries Ltd, specialising in quality assurance and innovation. He has also been closely involved in New Zealand’s fisheries management for over 30 years and contributed to two management plans for the largest snapper fishery in New Zealand, Area 1. Barry continues to have local and overseas business interests specialising in innovation and maximising utilisation of marine resources.

Barry’s key attributes are his clear thinking, his ability to analyse policy and management proposals and articulate the core issues. Barry is highly sought-after by commercial and non-commercial interests seeking clarity and an independent view.

For the past five years Barry has committed his time and resources to programmes that aim to restore abundance and productivity to our inshore marine environment. He has been a valuable advisor to the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council and LegaSea teams.

Barry’s all round skills make him an ideal Chairman for the New Zealand Fisheries Symposium 2016.


Daniel Pauly, University of British Columbia

Daniel Pauly Daniel Pauly is a French born marine biologist well known for his work in studying human impacts on global fisheries. He is a professor and the project leader of the Sea Around Us Project at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre. He also served as Director of the UBC Fisheries Centre from 2003 to 2008.

Through the 1990s Daniel’s work focused on the effects of overfishing. He developed the concept of ‘shifting baselines’ in 1995 and has authored several books and more than 500 scientific papers.

Daniel’s work has earned him multiple international awards. In a 2009 article he compares today’s fisheries to a global Ponzi scheme.

Daniel is very pleased to be attending the New Zealand Fisheries Symposium 2016. He will share his insights and details of the Sea Around Us Project reconstructing catch in hundreds of countries, including New Zealand.


Dr. Evelyn Pinkerton, Simon Fraser University

Evelyn-PinkertonDr. Pinkerton is a maritime anthropologist who has integrated common property theory and cultural/political ecology in considering the role communities play in the management of adjacent renewable natural resources.

She has played a key role in developing the theory and practice of power-sharing and stewardship through co-management agreements. Beginning with the introduction to her 1989 edited volume Cooperative Management of Local Fisheries (UBC Press), she has been generating middle-range theoretical propositions about the conditions under which co-management is likely to arise and to endure. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles on fisheries and forestry co-management arrangements. This work has since evolved into analysis of the developmental sequence of types of co-management rights and activities.

Evelyn is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and understandings with other speakers and participants in the New Zealand Fisheries Symposium 2016.


Glenn Simmons, Auckland University, Business School

Glenn Simmons Dr. Glenn Simmons has more than 20 years of executive management experience. His doctoral research focused on SME growth and entrepreneurial capabilities in the seafood industry. Glenn’s investigation into human rights abuses and the use of forced labour on board New Zealand foreign chartered fishing vessels instigated a Ministerial Inquiry, a major shift in government policy, and the enactment of a law requiring all foreign charter vessels to be reflagged to New Zealand by 2016.  In 2012 Glenn and two co-researchers received the Deans Award: a special award recognising the impact of this research.

Glenn is attending the New Zealand Fisheries Symposium 2016 to talk about the work that he, Daniel Pauly and others worldwide are doing to reconstruct the real marine catches for New Zealand between 1950 and 2013. Glenn is committed to this work because he recognises the need to acknowledge the past and apply those lessons so the seafood industry can capture more value from their future activities.


John Holdsworth (BSc), Blue Water Marine Research

John Holdsworth John is a director of Blue Water Marine Research, established in 1997, to provide high quality fisheries management advice and marine research solutions to a range of clients, including government, research institutes, NGOs, and national and regional fisheries organisations. He has 30 years experience in fisheries management and research. Projects have included harvest and economic surveys of recreational fishers, tagging programmes with conventional and satellite tags, biological and catch-at age studies for striped marlin and yellowtail kingfish.

John has been appointed to represent the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council at Ministry for Primary Industries’ Science Working Groups. In particular the Working Groups for Highly Migratory Species, Northern Inshore Finfish, and Marine Amateur Fisheries which peer review Ministry funded work in these fields of interest.

John’s ability to translate complex issues into simple concepts makes John a valuable asset to the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council’s fisheries management team.

Away from fishing John enjoys living in rural Northland and sailing his yacht ‘Penguin’ around the northeast coast and is Commodore of the Tutukaka South Pacific Yacht Club.


Rob Southwick, Southwick Associates

Rob SouthwickRob is President and founder of Southwick Associates. Rob is based in Florida, USA, and for the past 25 years has been the leader in wildlife economics, statistics and market evaluations for states and the sportfishing and hunting/shooting sports industries. A University of Florida graduate, he is supported by a staff of eleven very talented full-time experts plus numerous part-time and contracted associate researchers and support staff.

Rob and his team have just completed the most comprehensive study to measure the contribution that the recreational fishing industry makes to the New Zealand economy. The New Zealand Marine Research Foundation commissioned the research and chose Rob on the basis of his track record to produce quality results. Rob is excited to be presenting the findings at the New Zealand Fisheries Symposium 2016.


Bruce Hartill, NIWA fisheries scientist

Bruce Hartill Bruce Hartill is a fisheries scientist at NIWA who has worked on recreational and commercial fisheries for almost 25 years. For the past 15 years he has been developing survey techniques to monitor trends in recreational catch and effort and there is growing international interest in the techniques that he and others in New Zealand have developed. Almost all of the research done by Bruce is commissioned by the Ministry for Primary Industries including: aerial and boat ramp surveys to estimate levels of recreational harvesting; regular sampling of amateur catches to monitor the state of the kahawai fishery; and the use of web cameras to monitor long term trends in recreational effort. He is also a regular member of science working groups convened by MPI, which peer review all work undertaken on their behalf.

Bruce is looking forward to sharing his experiences, to assist our understanding of recreational harvest, at the New Zealand Fisheries Symposium 2016.

Anthony McNamara, Oyster Inn

Anthony McNamara Chef Anthony McNamara specialises in crafting seafood meals for customers at the high end establishment, The Oyster Inn, on Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf. Oyster Inn customers love being able to stay on the island, enjoy the wineries, go fishing and have Anthony cook their catch to perfection.

Anthony has more than two decades of experience in cheffing and owning quality restaurants worldwide. He is skilled and passionate about creating taste sensations using kaimoana sourced locally.

He is a strong believer that New Zealand needs abundant inshore fisheries to stimulate a vibrant tourist industry and provide much needed employment opportunities on the island and mainland.

Anthony joins the lead group of speakers at the New Zealand Fisheries Symposium 2016 to share his knowledge and experiences.