Dr. Isao Sakaguchi is professor of the Faculty of Law at Gakushuin University. He is a specialist of global environmental governance and has devoted himself to research on fisheries governance and seafood sustainability. From September 2016 to March 2018, he was based at the Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. In 2017, he was nominated as a Pew Marine Fellow.
He approaches overfishing from both top-down public regulation by governments and intergovernmental organizations and bottom-up private sustainability schemes such as MSC, ASC and Seafood Watch.
Attending annual meetings of all five tuna management bodies including WCPFC, IATTC and ICCAT for years, he built a fisheries negotiation model that demonstrated importance of introducing harvest control measures in a precautionary manner when stock status is still healthy. He also published a number of articles on management of endangered Pacific Bleufin Tuna in Japanese media.
Dr. Sakaguchi is active in promoting a better understanding of private seafood sustainability schemes in Japan. He is also involved in advocacy to improve the weak sourcing code of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020.