Garry Leonard PRESTON
Date of birth: 29 January 1957
40 years fisheries/ marine resource sector work experience with national Governments, regional technical assistance agencies, international organisations and private consultancy companies in 36 countries.
Projects and assignments:
Over 130 projects and assignments in fisheries undertaken including field research, economic appraisals, project management, international negotiations and high-level policy development.
Author/ co-author of over 120 publications and technical reports on fisheries.
Oceanic fisheries management: MCS (monitoring, control & surveillance), observer programme management, e-monitoring/ e-reporting, standard operating procedures, catch certification/ chain-of-custody, compliance with international treaties and requirements of certification bodies.
Formulation of fisheries policy: preparation of marine resource and coastal zone development and management plans, legislative drafting;
Effective participation in international fisheries meetings and negotiations;
Scientific knowledge of a wide range of fisheries-related issues, including fishery management, marine biology, tropical marine/ coastal ecosystems, aquaculture, resource enhancement, coastal zone management, and conservation of coastal habitats;
Fisheries sector institutional strengthening: fisheries extension and training: lecturing/ tutorial/ course supervision; preparation of training, information, education and communication materials;
Fishery project implementation, management and team leadership;
Public and private sector fishery project design, assessment, appraisal, evaluation and review;
Financial and economic assessment, management and monitoring of fishery-related activities, including feasibility assessments of commercial fishery sector investment and loan proposals, design of fishery sector loan, grant and investment programmes and cost-benefit analyses of fishery development and management strategies.
Technical knowledge on many aspects of fisheries including capture technology, post-harvest, refrigeration, resource economics, investment planning, and vessel design;
Personnel, financial and administrative management: organisation and management of work programmes, field projects, training courses, conferences and workshops;
Experienced computer user: major database, geographic information system, spreadsheet, word processing, graphics, desktop publishing and programming applications;
Experienced small boat operator (sailing and motor boats): skilled in coastal navigation and use of shipboard instruments; licensed radio operator; competent engine mechanic/ electrician; knowledge of electronics and refrigeration systems.