Competition: Latin America & Caribbean
Ana Parma is an expert in fisheries modeling, assessment, and management. Her main research interest is in the development of stock assessment methods and harvesting strategies that address assessment uncertainties. Originally trained as a biologist at the Universidad Nacional La Plata, Argentina, where she obtained her undergraduate degree, she became involved in fisheries when she took a job at a small research institute which provided fisheries management advice to the Río Negro province. In 1983 she moved to the U.S. to pursue graduate studies at the School of Fisheries of the University of Washington, where she earned a Ph.D. in fisheries in 1989. She settled in Seattle and worked for more than ten years as an assessment scientist at the International Pacific Halibut Commission.
In 2000 Ms. Parma returned to Argentina, her home country, to become a research scientist with CONICET (the Argentine Council for Science and Technology), working at a coastal research center in Patagonia. With this move, the main focus of her work shifted from assessment and modeling of industrial fisheries to small-scale coastal reef and shellfish fisheries. She is currently involved in the evaluation, implementation, and fostering of spatially explicit management approaches based on transparent, science-based decision-making processes in several fisheries in South America. In Patagonia, she is involved in advising the government on the management of shellfish and reef fisheries.
Ms. Parma has participated as an independent scientist in many scientific and policy advisory groups, panels, and review committees in many different countries and international organizations. She is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of WorldFish Centre, and of the advisory panel of the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna.