David Agnew leaves MSC, joins CCAMLR as executive secretary

Published on
October 26, 2017

David Agnew will leave his position as the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) science and standards director to become the next executive secretary of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCALMR). 

Agnew started at MSC in 2011, and in his time there, he led the implementation of the Peer Review College, revisions of the fishery and chain of custody standards, the development of impacts research, and the publication of the Global Impacts Reports series, MSC said in a press release.

“During his tenure with the MSC, he has made a tremendous contribution to the organization and has been central to establishing the MSC’s position as the world’s most credible and recognized standard for wild-caught seafood,” MSC said in its release. “While David will be sorely missed in the MSC, and among our many partners, we are comforted that he will be contributing his leadership and expertise to this leading intergovernmental organization. “

CCAMLR is an international commission that oversees management and conservation measures determining the use of marine living resources in the Antarctic. It was founded in 1982 in response to rising commercial interest in Antarctic krill resources, a keystone component of the Antarctic ecosystem. 

Agnew has “a long interest and significant expertise in Antarctic fisheries,” having previously worked for more than 20 years in Antarctic research, and having previously served as chairman of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee.

"Over the past seven years at the MSC, I have had the great fortune to work with extraordinary colleagues all over the world – brought together by a commitment to ensure oceans teeming with life and a sustainable seafood market,” Agnew said. “I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the MSC and its development, and to see it become a key tool in global efforts to secure healthy oceans and well-managed fisheries.”

Agnew will remain with MSC in his current role through end of February 2018. He will take up his new post with CCAMLR in April 2018.

“It has been a great pleasure working with David since he joined the organization as science and standards director in 2011. He has made an invaluable contribution to the MSC's organizational and strategic development and will be greatly missed as a friend and colleague,” MSC CEO Rupert Howes said. “He leaves a highly motivated and capable team with a clearly articulated work plan for our latest strategic plan (2017-2020) and I am delighted that the MSC will continue to engage with David in his new role.” 

Howes said the MSC is putting together a transition process to ensure that “we find a successor to David who can bring an equal measure of expertise and energy to this critical role in the MSC.”

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