GTA announce Daniel Suddaby as their new Executive Director

GTA announce Daniel Suddaby as their new Executive Director

The Global Tuna Alliance (GTA) is delighted to announce that Daniel Suddaby will be joining the Global Tuna Alliance as Executive Director on May 22nd. With 20 years of experience in fisheries and marine conservation, Daniel has a deep passion for the ocean, marine life, and sustainable fishing practices. He is an expert in tuna, advocacy, and sustainable market tools that drive change in fisheries and seafood supply chains.

Prior to joining the GTA, Daniel founded and led the Tuna and Distant Water Fisheries Program at Ocean Outcomes, building effective relationships with longline tuna and supply chain companies to incentivize transformation through tools such as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fishery Improvement Projects.

Previously, Daniel spent six years as the Deputy Leader of the World Wild Fund for Nature’s (WWF) global fisheries initiative, leading global engagement in tuna fisheries and advocacy in all Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs), and providing strategic direction to WWF International on seafood engagement. He also has experience as a Senior Fisheries Certification Manager for the MSC.

Talking about what he hopes to achieve as the GTA’s new Executive Director, Daniel said: “I am truly honoured to take on the role of Executive Director at the Global Tuna Alliance. The GTA has already made significant strides in accelerating sustainable tuna management and fishing practices, and I am excited to lead the organization and amplify its impact by working collaboratively with our partners to drive positive change in the global tuna supply chain. Together, we will build upon the exceptional work accomplished thus far, fostering an increased collective commitment for our oceans and the communities that depend on them.”

Cassie Leisk, the Chair of the GTA’s Management Board said: “Daniel joins the Global Tuna Alliance at a pivotal moment. Over the last four years, the GTA has grown from a small group of businesses to become one of the largest networks of seafood supply chain companies in the world, with around 50 Partners who bought $2.3bn of tuna in 2021-22 (dock price). Historically, the market has had no voice at Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO) meetings, however thanks to the GTA, we are now developing a real presence and using our collective voice to impact the decisions that will have lasting impacts on global tuna stocks. 

“We’re incredibly fortunate to have someone with such a comprehensive understanding of tuna-related issues navigating the GTA’s advocacy campaigns with the aim of transforming the industry so that it meets the highest standards of environmental performance and social responsibility.” 

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