Andy Ieads the WWF and TRAFFIC Sharks & Rays Initiative, and oversees its responsible consumption and management strategies. He is the WWF network’s representative among the core partners of the Global Sharks and Rays Initiative, and co-author of Global Priorities for Conserving Sharks and Rays: A 2015-2025 Strategy.
Andy also co-authored – and was instrumental in introducing – Hong Kong’s first sustainable seafood guide, while serving as Conservation Director for WWF-Hong Kong from 2005 to 2012. During that time he also led shark-fin advocacy efforts and the “Save Our Seas” campaign, which led to a permanent ban on all trawling.
Prior to this, after gaining his doctorate in reef fishes, Andy worked for the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in American Samoa and taught fish and fisheries-related undergraduate courses at the University of Hong Kong. He is a keen underwater photographer with a long-standing interest in sharks and rays, and has published several papers relating to diet, reproduction and pollutant loadings in bamboo sharks, as well as the field-guide Reef Fishes of Hong Kong.
By Andy Cornish
Recent research on global shark and ray landings highlighted Sri Lanka among several countries that have suffered the greatest declines over the last decade. Reading the findings caused me to cast my mind back to my own experience in that country almost exactly a year ago.Read more