Lenfest Ocean Program

Supporting Science and Communicating Results

Expert Groups

Lenfest Fisheries Ecosystem Task Force
To convene a task force to outline how to implement ecosystem based fisheries management using specific tools, approaches, and frameworks in fishery ecosystem plans.

The Importance of Marine Fisheries and Ecosystems for Food Security in China
To unite Chinese scientists with Western scientists at a symposium in Beijing to explore the importance of marine fisheries and ecosystems for food security in China.

Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force
To establish the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force that will develop and recommend ecosystem-based standards for the sustainable management of forage fisheries.

Establishing Science-based Shark Catch Limits
To convene a workshop of international shark experts to develop a methodology for how to set sustainable management targets for shark populations when data is limited.


Strengthening Deep Sea Fishing Protections
To review FAO draft guidelines on the definitions of deep sea “vulnerable marine ecosystems” in relationship to bottom fishing activities on the high seas.

Evaluating the Vulnerability to Overfishing of U.S. Fish Species

Effective Shark Finning Measure Methodologies
To convene a scientific workshop on measurement methodologies used to regulate shark finning in Europe.

Sustainability of Deep Sea Fisheries
To convene a group of leading scientists to analyze past, current and future deep sea fisheries to determine whether this type of fishing is ecologically sustainable.