Markus Burgener, Vice Chair

Markus is a Senior Programme Officer with TRAFFIC – the wildlife trade monitoring organisation, which focuses on the trade in wild plants and animals. He has been based with the East/Southern African regional programme of TRAFFIC for the past 15 years and has worked on national, regional and international policy and legislation related to biodiversity conservation.

For the past ten years he has driven TRAFFIC’s marine fisheries work in East and Southern Africa where he has conducted research into fisheries trade and carried out a wide variety of research, advocacy and training initiatives focussing on illegal and unsustainable fisheries and related trade.

Markus has worked in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, and Mauritius. He has extensive programme development and project management experience, has presented at international conferences and meetings and has published his work in a number of journals. Markus is a qualified attorney and has a Master’s Degree in International Environmental Law from London University.

‘Stop Illegal Fishing can bring great value to tacking the illegalities in the seafood supply chain. By bringing an intelligent and well thought through approach to the issue Stop Illegal Fishing are increasing cooperation between countries and between agencies and are tackling corruption – a key issue in illegal fishing.’

Recent Posts

Eighth meeting of the West Africa Task Force

The West Africa Task Force (WATF) of the Fisheries Committee for the West...

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Blue Oceans Conference calls for collaboration, transparency and port State measures to address illegal fishing

Building on the momentum begun by the United Nations Oceans Conference and the...

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Liberian authorities meet to build cooperation to stop illegal fishing

Representatives from seven Liberian agencies participated in the Liberian National Working Group (NWG)...

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What impact are we having?

The Issues

One in four fish in Africa is caught illegally, this threatens the sustainability of fish stocks, damages the ecosystem and deprives governments of income and people of livelihoods.

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Our Approach

Creating change by informing policy and practice, our hands on experience and investigative work means we are often the first to spot new trends and find ways to challenge these.

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Our Initiatives

Illegal fishing is a complex issue that requires multifaceted responses. Stop Illegal Fishing are working with a range of organisations to bring about change.

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