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Curriculum Vitae (March 2014)


Personal Information

Address: Fisheries Centre 2202 Main Mall Vancouver, B.C. Canada, V6T 1Z4

Phone: +1 - (778) 388 4928



Current Position

2012-14       Nippon Foundation Nereus Senior Fellow

          University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada


Academic History

2008-13       PhD, University of British Columbia

Department: Resource Management and Environmental Studies

Thesis: Five Not So Easy Pieces: Globalization of fishing and seafood markets

Supervisor: Dr. Rashid Sumaila

2002-04       MSc, University of British Columbia

Department: Resource Management and Environmental Studies

Thesis: Global maps of the growth of Japanese marine fisheries and fish consumption.

Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Pauly

1995-2000   BSc, University of British Columbia Department: Biology (with Minor in Asian Studies)


Professional History

2011           Research Officer, World Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

2007-08      Researcher, Sea Around Us Project, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2005-07      Analyst, Nomura International plc., London, UK

2003-04      Analyst, Chuo Mitsui Trust International, London, UK

2000-02      Coordinator of International Relations, Fukuoka City Hall, Fukuoka, Japan


Academic Awards and Distinctions

2012-14      Nippon Foundation Nereus Senior Fellowship

2004           Cecil and Kathleen Morrow Scholarship



  • International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET)

  • North American Association of Fisheries Economists (NAAFE)

  • Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity


Ad-Hoc Reviewer

Aquatic Living Resources, PLoS One, Environmental and Resource Economics, Marine Ecology Progress Series


Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Swartz W, Sumaila UR, Watson R (2013) Global Ex-Vessel Fish Price Database revisited: a new approach for estimating ‘missing’ prices. Journal of Environmental and Resource Economics. 56:467-480.

  • Pauly D, Belhabib D, Blomeyer R, Cheung W, Cisneros-Montemayor A, Copeland D, Harper S, Lam V, Mai Y, Le Manach F, Österblom H, Mok KM, van der Meer L, Sanz A, Antonio S, Shon D, Sumaila UR, Swartz W, Watson R, Zhai Y, Zeller D (2013) China’s distant water fisheries in the 21st century. Fish and Fisheries. DOI: 10.1111/faf.12032: 1-15.

  • Sumaila UR, Cheung WWL, Dyck A, Gueye KM, Huang L, Lam V, Pauly D, Srinivasan UT, Swartz W, Watson R, Zeller D (2012) Benefits of rebuilding global marine fisheries outweigh costs. PLoS One 7(7):e40542.

  • Lam VWY, Cheung WWL, Swartz W, Sumaila UR (2012) Climate change impacts on fisheries in West Africa: implications for economic, food and nutritional security. African Journal of Marine Science 34(1):103-117.

  • Sumaila UR, Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Dyck A, Huang L, Cheung WWL, Jacquet J, Kleisner K, Lam V, McCrea-Strub A, Swartz W, Watson R, Zeller D (2012) Impact of the Deepwater Horizon well blowout on the economics of US Gulf fisheries. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science: 69:499-510.

  • McCrea-Strub A, Kleisner K, Sumaila UR, Swartz W, Watson R, Zeller D, Pauly D (2011) Potential impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico. Fisheries 36(7) 332-335.

  • Zeller D, Booth S, Pakhomov E, Swartz W, Pauly D (2011) Arctic fisheries catches in Russia, USA, and Canada: baselines for neglected ecosystems. Polar Biology 34(7) 955-973.

  • Swartz W, Sala E, Tracey S, Watson R, Pauly D (2010) The spatial expansion and ecological footprint of fisheries (1950 to present). PLoS One 5(12): e15143.

  • Swartz W, Sumaila UR, Watson R, Pauly D (2010) Sourcing seafood for the three major markets: The EU, Japan and the USA. Marine Policy 34(6) 1366-1373.

  • Alder J, Cullis-Suzuki S, Karpouzi V, Kaschner K, Mondoux S, Swartz W, Trujillo P, Watson R, Pauly D (2010) Aggregated performance in managing marine ecosystems of 53 maritime countries. Marine Policy 34(3) 468-476.


Forthcoming and non-peer reviewed manuscripts

In review

  • Swartz W, Ishimuar G (in review) Baseline assessment of total fisheries-related biomass removal from Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zones: 1950-2010.


Non-peer reviewed manuscripts

  • Swartz W, Sumaila UR (2013) Fisheries governance, subsidies and the World Trade Organization. In Ekeland I, Fessler D, Lasry JM, Lautier D (eds) The Ocean as a Global System: Economics and Governance of Fisheries and Energy Resources. ESKA Publishing, Portland US. p30-44.

  • Swartz W (2012) To everything there is a season. SeaAroundUs Newsletter (72):1-3.

  • Swartz W (2011) Reforming Japanese fisheries in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake. FishBytes 17(5):4-5.

  • Swartz W, Watson R, Sumaila UR (2011) Value of fisheries landings in Regional Seas. In Christensen V, Lai S, Palomares MLD, Zeller D, Pauly D (eds.), The State of Biodiversity and Fisheries in Regional Seas. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 19(3).

  • Swartz W, Pauly D (2008) Who's eating all the fish? The food security rational for culling cetaceans. A Report to Human Society International. 36p.

  • Swartz W, Kaschner K, Pauly D (2008) The marine mammal protection index: ranking countries’ conservation performance. In Alder J, Pauly D. (eds) A comparative assessment of biodiversity, fisheries and aquaculture in 53 countries' Exclusive Economic Zones. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 16(7).

  • Pauly D, Swartz W (2007) Marine fish catches in North Siberia (Russia, FAO Area 18). In: Zeller D, Pauly D (eds) Reconstruction of marine fisheries catches for key countries and regions (1950-2005). Fisheries Centre Research Reports 15(2).


Research Presentations

  • “The Great East Japan Earthquake and the revival of fisheries in Tohoku”                                                                            Fisheries Centre Seminar Series, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2013)

  • “Global marine fisheries: balancing the two aspects of sustainability”                                                                                                 Guest lecture, ECOSUS Program, Hokkaido University, Hakodate, Japan (2012)

  • “Fisheries subsidies”                                                                                                                                                                      Guest lecture, FISH506 Issues in Fisheries Research: Fisheries EconomicsUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouver, BC, Canada (2012)

  • “International regulation of fisheries subsidies” & “Issues on global marine fisheries”                                                               Guest lecture, ECOSUS Program, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan (2011)

  • “Fisheries subsidies negotiations at the WTO: a witness’s account”                                                                                         Fisheries Centre Seminar Series, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2011)

  • “The value of global marine fisheries: a spatial analysis”                                                                                                                 5th Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, Paris, France (2010)

  • “Global marine fisheries: trends and issues”                                                                                                                               Guest lecture, St George’s University (online), Grenada, West Indies (2010)

  • “Global ex-vessel prices and landed value”                                                                                                                                       North American Association of Fisheries Economists (NAAFE) Forum, Newport, RI, USA (2009)

  • “History of Japanese fish acquisition strategy”                                                                                                                           North American Association of Fisheries Economists (NAAFE) Pre-Forum, Vancouver, Canada (2005)

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