Global Marine Consulting's principal consultant, Yoko Tamura has over 20 years of professional experience in research and consulting on coastal management and sustainable fisheries.
With background in fisheries management and marine policy, her particular interest is working in the interface between policy and science to promote coastal and ocean sustainability.
Her work involves projects with central and local governments, international development agencies, FAO, global Non-profit organizations and corporations.
Yoko's geographic experience includes: Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mexico, Ecuador (Galapagos Islands), Fiji, Palau, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, United States, Canada, Spain, Ghana etc.
Languages: English: Fluent, Certified as a Washington State social and medical interpreter in 2001
Spanish: Intermediate speaking and reading skills
Japanese: Native speaker
Certified as Project Cycle Management Specialist.
Registered as a Marine Stewardship Council Technical Consultant (Completed MSC Level 2 Capacity Building Workshop)
GIS software: ESRI ArcInfo & ArcView, etc.
Canada, USA, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mexico, Equador (Galapagos Islands), Fiji, Palau, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Spain, Ghana, etc.
MA in Marine Affairs
Master’s thesis: Rapid Appraisal of Social Pattern of Use in the Design of Marine Protected Areas Using Geographic Information System, Case Study of Orca Pass Initiative.
Exchange Student, Marine Biology and Environmental Studies
BS in Marine Resource Management
• Euglena, Co. (Ishigaki & Tokyo) ASC-MSC assessment consultant
• ME Certification (London), P2 and P3 assessor for pre-assessments and full-assessments. multiple Japan's coastal fisheries and Albacore & Skipjack tuna pole and line fishery.
• Acoura Marine (Scotland), P3 assessor for multi-location, multi-gear coastal fisheries project.
Legacy, Co. Science specialist
• SCS Global（San Francisco, USA), Project Manager, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fisheries Assessment auditor (Kyoto snow crab, flathead flounder, Hokkaido Chum Salmon fisheries assessment Japan liaison, pre-assessments.)
• ASI (Accreditation Services International), (Germany) Interpreter for Japanese assessment projects.
• Global Trust (Ireland) Japan review leader, Quality Assurance Review Phase 1 & 2 review for Japan's compliance with CCSBT (Commission for Conservation for Southern Bluefin Tuna).
• Wild Salmon Center (Portland, USA) Japan Program Advisor, stakeholder interviews, etc.
• SFP (Sustainable Fisheries Partnership) (Honolulu & Global) Japan Representative, 2010~2012: Analysis of Illegal, Unregulated, Unreported Fisheries (IUU), Fisheries Improvement Projects (FIP), advisory to seafood supply chain companies.
• Sotokoto magazine (Tokyo, Japan), contribution of ”Ecological Seafood Shopping Guide” special feature issue article.
• Locally Managed Marine Protected Area (LMMA), (Asia Pacific region): Project proposal assistance to the Palau community-based Marine Protected Areas Network creation through Micronesia Challenge Initiative.
• Conservation International (CI), Japan Program (global locations, Japan), Assisting Giant Salamander research mission for CI’s scientists and a BBC journalist.
• Green TV Japan, (Japan) Environmental reporter / translator：Earth Policy Institute interview etc.
• Organization for Promoting Responsible Tuna Fishery (OPRT), (Tokyo, Japan), Conference reporter for Inter-Atlantic Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) meetings.
2004 - 2005 Galapagos, EcuadorJICA Long-term Technical Expert: (Marine Ecosystem Monitoring) Galapagos Islands Marine Environment Conservation Project
2003 Cebu, Philippines JICA Cebu Rural Governance Empowerment Project (MPA and fisheries management)