Ian Campbell

Author
Manager of WWF’s Shark and Ray Initiative, Sharks: Restoring the Balance, WWF-Pacific


Ian heads up the Pacific Shark Heritage Programme, where he oversees engagements with the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, while serving as the WWF’s leader for the shark tourism guide. He a fisheries specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in marine conservation, working in the public, private and NGO sectors.

Ian began his career as a field assistant on a variety of shark projects at the Bimini Biological Field Station in 1994. In 1997, Ian served as a commercial diver, working on both inshore and offshore oil facilities.

In 2004, Ian graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a Masters in Environmental Science before taking up employment as a marine ecologist for a commercial survey company. In 2007, he managed inshore fisheries in the United Kingdom as a Sea Fisheries Officer before moving into developing policy matters for the UK’s statutory nature conservation body Natural England. In 2011, Ian worked on the reform of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy for the Pew Charitable Trusts before joining the WWF’s Global Shark and Ray Initiative. Ian is currently based in Fiji, where he leads the WWF’s work on shark and ray management.

icampbell@wwf.panda.org

 


Sharks without borders

Added to Blogs on 18 March 2016

By Ian Campbell

Advocating shark and ray conservation measures at the the annual meeting of the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

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Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Added to Blogs on 05 August 2016

By Ian Campbell

When surveying people’s favourite sea creatures, sharks are nearly always at the top of the list. Many more sophisticated ocean animal lovers may also champion the wonders of the massive manta ray. Very few, however, are likely to include the manta’s smaller and more elusive cousins, devil rays, among their top marine treasures. As someone who works in the shark and ray field, this comes as no surprise to me.

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Ever wondered how to dive responsibly with sharks and rays?

Added to Blogs on 03 April 2017

By Ian Campbell

Even though I have logged too many dives to keep count, almost none of them have been for recreation. In my early diving days as a commercial diver, not a single dive was with the animals that had drawn me to study marine biology in the first place: sharks.

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