Seafood industry veteran Tom Pickerell has been named director of international fisheries for the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The former Global Tuna Alliance (GTA) executive director announced the news on May 30 via LinkedIn.

Pickerell stepped down from his role at GTA at the end of March, where he was later replaced by former Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and WWF executive Daniel Suddaby.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is a US non-profit organization founded in 1948 by members of the Pew family, who made their fortune in the oil industry.

One of the charitable organization's key areas of focus is the environment, where it works globally to preserve wilderness, protect the oceans and encourage the use of clean energy.

Pickerell left his previous role as global tuna director at the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) in September 2019 to set up his own consultancy, Tomolamola Consulting.

It was at this time he became executive director of the the GTA, an independent group of retailers and tuna supply chain companies.

The former GTA exec is also currently executive director of the North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group (NAPA), a coalition of more than 50 leading retailers and supply chain businesses from across the world committed to the responsible sourcing of sustainable seafood.

Pickerell has worked in the sustainable seafood sector since 2003, including roles in UK government, industry and environmental organizations in the UK and United States.

Before joining the SFP in 2017, Pickerell was technical director at UK trade body Seafish for nearly four years. Prior to that, he worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium in the United States.

He has also held roles at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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