Chris Giordano, Implementation Lead, Peru
Chris has been an active contributor to the management and research of Peruvian small scale fisheries in the regions of Piura and Tumbes. With NGOs, private tourism businesses, and government programs he has worked in over 30 fishing communities on pressing governance issues such as moving fishermen to legality through the process of formalization or creating fishing cooperatives for the direct sale of product to higher end markets. Chris also contributed to the declaration of artisanal fishing by sail as Peruvian cultural heritage and to the Mar de Grau marine protected area proposal. His passion is understanding fisheries governance as a mechanism of food sovereignty and a means to achieve legal recognition for underrepresented people.