Keynote Speakers

Sandra Rita Allnutt, “The Cape Town Agreement of 2012: Raising the standards for fishing vessel safety” 

Sandra Allnutt - Bio (002)Mrs. Sandra Rita Allnutt graduated from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (Brazil) in 1993, as a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer. Upon graduation, she started further studies to obtain a Master of Science degree on Ship Hull Structures at the aforementioned university, and at the same time started her career as an Assistant Professor at the College of Technology of Jahu, in the State of São Paulo. In 1996, she completed a specialization course in Japan (Yokohama), on Ship Safety and Marine Pollution Prevention, granted by the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA). In 1998, after conclusion of her Master of Science degree on Ship Hull Structure, she went to Sweden, where she studied for a new Master’s degree on Maritime Safety and Environmental Protection, at the World Maritime University (WMU). In 1999, after receiving her second Master’s degree, she started working for Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, in Denmark (Copenhagen), as a Structural Plan Approval Surveyor. In 2001, Mrs. Allnutt moved to Germany (Hamburg), where she worked for Germanischer Lloyd, first in Ship Hull Structure plan approval, and later on Tonnage and Load Lines plan approval, until her appointment to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as the Secretary of the former Sub Committee on Fire Protection (FP), in 2005. After working for 5 years serving the FP Sub Committee, she took over the Sub Committee on Stability and Load Lines and on Fishing Vessels Safety (SLF) until the restructuring of the sub-committees, when she became the Secretary of the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC). Currently, she supervises the work of the Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) and SDC Sub-Committees and GBS matters.

Ingunn Marie Holmen, “Health and safety measures in the Norwegian fishing fleet

Ingunn M Holmen-SINTEF portrettIngunn Marie Holmen is a senior scientist with SINTEF Ocean, as well as a Ph.D. candidate at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Holmen has been with SINTEF for the last twenty-five years focusing on occupational safety and health for workers in extreme environments, with the last six years specializing in safety and risk management for both fisheries and aquaculture. Her current work centers on the topic of “Safety and risk management in exposed aquaculture operations.” Holmen has published numerous papers and presented on fatal and non-fatal injury, risk assessments, reducing risk through automation, fatigue and sleep disturbances, and other topics in in aquaculture and commercial fishing. She won the Norwegian Design Council’s Award for Design Excellence in 2007 for the Regatta Fisherman, outerwear created for commercial fishermen, with built-in buoyancy and a sleek design to help mitigate the chance of gear entanglement. Holmen holds a degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) in Biophysics and medical technology.

Mohamed Jeebhay, Occupational Health and Safety in the South African seafood industry  –  a developing country perspective”


Professor Mohamed Jeebhay, is an Occupational Medicine specialist, and holds joint appointments as Head of the Occupational Medicine Division in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine as well as the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He is a fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, an international academy of internationally renowned fellows in occupational and environmental health. The National Research Foundation of South Africa has rated him as an internationally acclaimed research scientist. He leads the research programme in the Centre for Environmental and Occupational Health Research at UCT on occupational allergens and asthma with a major focus on environmental risk factors and preventive approaches for work-related allergy and asthma. He serves as editorial board member of the Journal of Current Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the African Journal of Thoracic and Critical Care Medicine.

Jennifer M. Lincoln, “What I’ve learned about safety from listening to fishermen” 

Jennifer Lincoln

As a dedicated Injury Epidemiologist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety Health (NIOSH), Dr. Lincoln serves as both the Director of the Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies and Associate Director for Science for the NIOSH Western States Division. For the last twenty-five years, she has continually worked to provide scientific research and leadership to develop tailored risk-reduction interventions for high-risk work, especially in the prevention of traumatic injuries among workers in the commercial fishing industry. Her efforts, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, have led to a substantial decline in commercial fishing deaths. Dr. Lincoln received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and serves as a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Melvin Myers, “Aquacultural Safety and Health

Melvin MyersMelvin L. Myers served for 30 years in the US Public Health Service as an engineer, 10 years at the Environmental Protection Agency and 20 years at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, establishing its office in Alaska in 1992. He taught Occupational and Environmental Health Policy at Emory University for 25 years, was the principle investigator at the University of Kentucky for research on safety and health in aquaculture, and currently has a courtesy appointment at the University of Florida Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety as a consultant regarding research on safety and health among seafood harvesters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Christina Stringer, “Slavery in New Zealand’s offshore fisheries: A multi-stakeholder response

Christina StringerDr Christina Stringer, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and International Business, at the University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand. Christina’s research interests in the fishing industry began when she undertook a project for New Zealand’s Ministry of Fisheries (now Ministry of Primary Industries). The Ministry was keen to gain insight into the extent to which fish caught in New Zealand’s waters was being processed in China and exported to New Zealand’s key markets in North America and Europe. During the course of this project, Christina and her colleagues identified a business model based on slavery in New Zealand’s foreign charter vessel sector. Subsequently they began researching labour and human rights abuses in this sector. Their research contributed to a Ministerial Inquiry, a major shift in government policy, and the enactment of a law requiring all foreign charter vessels to be reflagged as New Zealand vessels by 1 May 2016. Christina has published a number of articles on this topic in, for example, Environment and Planning A, Global Networks, Journal of Economic Geography, and Marine Policy.

Andrew Watterson, “Scoping aspects of global aquaculture occupational health and safety”


Professor Andrew Watterson PhD, Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Fellow Collegium Ramazzini is Head of the Occupational and Environmental Health Research Group & Director of the Centre for Public Health and Population Health Research at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He has also led Visiting Professorships at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research interests include risk assessment, risk management and risk regulation particularly in the agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture, and energy sectors. He has acted as a WHO and FAO consultant on these topics. He uses health impact assessments and participatory action research among other methods to explore science- policy-civil society interfaces.  He has published widely in peer reviewed journals on occupational and environmental health and safety, public health and toxicology journals. He has also published a Financial Times guide to occupational health and safety management and various books on occupational health and safety and public health.

Jim Wellman, “Sea stories: When people go to sea and don’t come home

Jim Wellman 2

Jim Wellman grew up in Port Anson, a small fishing and logging community on Newfoundland’s northeast coast. The son of a schooner captain, Jim never strayed far from his marine roots despite choosing a career in journalism. For fifteen years, Jim was host of the popular radio program The Fisheries Broadcast on CBC Radio in Newfoundland. After taking an early retirement from the radio business in 1997, he turned off the microphone and picked up a pen. He has written numerous books with marine connections and continues to write the very popular column Final Voyages for the marine and fishing industries magazine, Navigator.


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