Manuel Barange

Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division, FAO

Professor Manuel Barange is the Director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome, Italy and also an Honorary Fellow at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and an Honorary Professor at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK.

Until joining FAO in 2016 Prof Barange was Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Science of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory. From 2010-2013 he was also Chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES., and from 1999-2010 was Director of the International Project Office of the IOC-SCOR-IGBP core project GLOBEC (Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics).

Manuel expertise includes physical/biological interactions, climate and anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems, fish ecology, behaviour and trophodynamics, and fisheries assessment and management. In recent years, he has focused his research on predicting the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems, and on the interactions between climate and other anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystem services. In his role at FAO he emphasizes the importance conservation and sustainable development to secure food, livelihoods and trade of marine goods and services.

Manuel was awarded the 2010 UNESCO-IOC Roger Revelle Medal for his accomplishments and contributions to ocean science. He is in the Strategic Advisory Board of IMR (Norway), and past member of the Science Advisory Boards of CEFAS (UK), KAUST Red Sea Centre (Saudi Arabia), NERC (UK) Innovation Strategy Board, and EU Horizon 2020 Advisory Boards, among others. He is a review editor of the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere.