Wilf Swartz

Wilf Swartz

Ph.D, Fisheries Economics
Program Manager

2012-2014 Senior Research Fellow (University of British Columbia)

Research Associate, Marine Affairs Program (Dalhousie University)

Wilf Swartz is a program manager of Nereus program. While most of his past work focused on examining global seafood consumption in the context of fleet expansion and international governance of fisheries subsidies, Wilf Swartz now focuses primarily on seafood supply chain management. Specifically, his current research interests include corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies in the seafood industry, sustainability standards in aquaculture, and modelling of price-setting mechanisms under perishability constraints (e.g. the fresh fish market in Japan).


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Singh, G. G., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Swartz, W., Cheung, W., Guy, J. A., Kenny, T. A., McOwen, C. J., Asch. R., Geffert, J. L., Wabnitz, C. C. C., Sumaila, U. R., Hanich, Q., Ota, Y., 2017, A rapid assessment of co-benefits and trade-offs among Sustainable Development Goals, Marine Policy,, link

Swartz W., Ishimuar G., 2014, Baseline assessment of total fisheries-related biomass removal from Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zones: 1950-2010, Fisheries Management, Fisheries Science, 80, 643-651, DOI 10.1007/s12562-014-0754-6., link

Kittinger, J. N., Teh, L. C. L., Allison, E. H., Bennett, N. J., Crowder, L. B., Finkbeiner, E. M., Hicks. C., Scarton, C. G., Nakamura, K., Ota, Y., Young, J., Alifano, A., Apel, A., Arbib, A. Bishop, L., Boyle, M., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Hunter, P., Le Cornu, E., Levine, M., Jones, R. S., Koehn, Z., Marschke, M., Mason, J. G., Micheli, F., McClenachan, L., Opal, C., Peacey, J., Peckham, S. H., Schemmel, E., Solis-Rivera, V., Swartz, W., Wilhelm, T. A., 2017, Committing to socially responsible seafood, Science, 356(6341), 912-913, link

Packer, H., Swartz, W., Ota, Y., and Bailey, M. (2019). Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Practices of the Largest Seafood Suppliers in the Wild Capture Fisheries Sector: From Vision to ActionSustainability, 11: 2254 doi:10.3390/su11082254 link

Swartz W., Sumaila U.R., 2013, Fisheries governance, subsidies and the World Trade Organization., Economics, Governance, The Ocean as a Global System: Economics and Governance of Fisheries and Energy Resources.

Sumaila R., Lam V., Le Manach F., Swartz W., Pauly D., 2016, Global fisheries subsidies: An updated estimate, Economics, Fisheries Management, Governance, Policy, Marine Policylink

Crona B., Daw T., Swartz W., Nyström M., Norström A., Thyresson M., Österblom H., Folke C., Sundberg J., 2015, Masked, diluted and drowned out: why signals from local marine ecosystems are not transmitted through global seafood markets, Fisheries, Economics, Fish and Fisherieslink

Swartz, W., Schiller, L., U. Sumaila, R., Ota, Y., 2017, Searching for market-based sustainability pathways: Challenges and opportunities for seafood certification programs in Japan, Economics, Fisheries Management, Food Security, Marine Policy, 76, 185-191, link

Sumaila, U. R., Cisneros-Montemayor, A., Dyck, A. J., Khan, A. S., Lam, V. W. Y., Swartz, W., Teh, L. C. L., 2016, The Economics of Global Marine Fisheries, Fisheries, Economics, in Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries link

Bailey, M., Packer, H., Schiller, L., Tlusty, M. and Swartz, W., 2018. The role of corporate social responsibility in creating a Seussian world of seafood sustainability. Fish and Fisheries, link

Cisneros-Montemayor, A.M., Moreno-Báez, M., Voyer, M., Allison, E.H., Cheung, W.W.L., Hessing-Lewis, M., Oyinlola, M.A., Singh, G.G., Swartz, W. and Ota, Y. (2019). Social equity and benefits as the nexus of a transformative Blue Economy: A sectoral review of implications. Marine Policy, 109: 103702.

Nereus’s Yoshitaka Ota (Director of Policy, University of Washington) and Wilf Swartz (Program Manager, Dalhousie University) are co-authors on a recent article, entitled ‘Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Practices of the Largest Seafood Suppliers in the Wild Capture Fisheries Sector: From Vision to Action’. In it they discuss a framework that identifies and categorizes seafood suppliers’ practices based on their approaches to issues in the wild capture fisheries sector.

Past Event

8 May 2018 - 9 May 2018

Nereus Program Manager Wilf Swartz and Primary Investigator Chris McOwen attend the WMU Global Ocean Conference. In 2018, the World Maritime University (WMU) will celebrate 35 years of excellence in education, research and capacity building.
Past Event

25 October 2018 - 25 October 2018

Yoshitaka Ota and Wilf Swartz will be organizing a workshop on Japanese fisheries reforms at the Pew Fellows Meeting in Sooke, BC, Canada on October 25th, 2018.

Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor is lead author with co-authors William Cheung, Muhammed Oyinlola, Gerald Singh, Wilf Swartz and Yoshitaka Ota on a new paper in Marine Policy – “Social equity and benefits as the nexus of a transformative Blue Economy: A sectoral review of implications”.