Michael Akester

Regional Director, South-East Asia and the Pacific, WorldFish

Fisheries management specialist

Michael Akester has a Combined Honours BSc from Exeter University UK in Biology and Geography in addition to an MSc from Stirling University in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management.

He has 40 years of experience in aquaculture and fisheries development including the promotion of public-private partnerships covering Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa. 

His work comprises academic curricula development in Mexico, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Myanmar coupled with bilateral and multilateral development programme work with FCDO, DANIDA, the Commonwealth Secretariat, EU, GEF, UNOPS, UNDP, and more recently WorldFish.

His experience relates to policy development, governance, fisheries co-management, sustainable aquaculture and fisheries management, fish-rice promotion, value addition, and aquaculture and fisheries certification systems together with institutional capacity building.  

Fisheries co-management and governance for the sustainable management of fish production systems related to the process of inland fisheries management are also part of his global experience along with the promotion of successful fish marketing systems.

His most recent inland fisheries management experience was carried out on the ACIAR funded inland fisheries project in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar entitled ‘Improving fishery management in support of better governance of Myanmar’s inland and delta fisheries’. This project is closely related to the improved fisheries management work under the proposed WWF-led ‘Sustainable Ayeyarwady fisheries for people and dolphins’ intervention.

Over the last three years, he has been working on a Darwin Initiative project led by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). The project is designed to improve the management of the hilsa fishery in Myanmar. Associated publications here.

He is currently working on a range of freshwater fisheries management projects in Myanmar and Cambodia.