Amy West

Amy West

Program Director, SALT (Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability) - FishWise


Ms. Amy West worked for 20 years as a marine scientist and the past six years as a science communicator for marine and aquatic endeavors around the globe. As project director at FishWise, she currently supports SALT— the public-private partnership with USAID, Walton Family, Packard, and Moore Foundations— that aims to improve fisheries management and traceability in the seafood supply. She helps shape this initiative through outreach and communication to help build its global network of traceability and illegal fishing experts.

Prior to SALT, her experience with fisheries projects includes work with NMFS as an Alaskan groundfish observer, the International Pacific Halibut Commission, NOAA’s salmon research, and Peace Corps’ rural aquaculture program in West Africa.

Most recently, she’s helped guide scientists in communicating more effectively outside their circles. Her multimedia background includes producing short science films for government, academic, and environmental organizations, along with radio stories for an NPR affiliate. Her science writing focused heavily on ocean conservation and fisheries, and she’s authored dozens of articles that appear in National Geographic, Conservation Magazine, PNAS, Science and Mongabay.

She holds two graduate degrees: Marine Science from New Zealand’s University of Otago and Science Communication from UC Santa Cruz. She also holds a BS in Marine Biology from the University of the Virgin Islands.

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