Chief of Party of the Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (ECOFISH) Project
Nygiel Armada is a fisheries biologist with about 35 years experience in fisheries resources assessment and management in the Philippines. He was a faculty member of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences of the University of the Philippines for over 25 years and taught courses in fish population dynamics, biostatistics, and marine ecology. He was involved in stock assessment work on tuna in Ivory Coast in Africa and fisheries resource and ecological assessment studies of several fishing grounds in the Philippines. He was also involved in various technical assistance projects in the country and in neighboring Asian countries primarily in assessing and evaluating the state of capture fisheries for development services. He served as consultant in various projects of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank (WB), Deutsch Gesselschaft fur technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), United Nations Development Programme UNDP), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM), World Wildlife Fund fur Nature (WWF) (UNEP/GEF), Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME), Partnership in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA). He is the senior advisor for the research staff of the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) in the collection, processing and analysis of catch and effort data for the country’s National Stock Assessment Program (NSAP). He served as Regional Expert of the Regional Working Group on Fisheries of the UNEP/GEF Project: “Reversing Environmental Degradation Trends in the South China Sea”. He was also involved in various technical assistance projects applying ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM) for development services including the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI). Nygiel Armada was the Fisheries Management Advisor of Tetra Tech’s Fisheries Improved for Sustainable Harvest (FISH) Project, a USAID-funded project to develop ecosystem-based fisheries management approaches in four priority marine ecosystem in the Philippines. He is currently the Chief of Party of the Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (ECOFISH) Project, another USAID-funded project to improve the management of important coastal and marine resources and associated ecosystems that support local economies in eight Marine Key Biodiversity Areas in the Philippines.