IUU Fishing Consultant

Hi! I am Pramod Ganapathiraju

Dr Pramod Ganapathiraju is an independent MCS & Fisheries Expert Consultant with more than 18 years of technical consulting and research experience in Illegal (IUU) fishing, Monitoring Control & Surveillance (MCS), Fisheries Compliance, Catch Certification, Fisheries Inspections and enforcement data management projects worldwide. He has managed independent consulting projects for various clients across USA, Asia, West Africa, Europe, Western Pacific and Caribbean for Government, Policy Think Tanks, Research Institutes, Inter-Governmental Bodies, Non-profit organisations and private companies. He is specialized in the development of Risk assessments, MCS and illegal fishing strategic plans, drafting fisheries laws/regulations, and enforcement plans. He has coordinated and attended meetings with UN agencies, Government ministries, NGOs and industry partners. Dr. Pramod also offers research services focusing on development of a global IUU risk analysis and estimation of illegal fishing for specific countries or regions. Dr. Pramod is an Expert in analyzing and predictive analytics of illegal fishing vessels worldwide. He offers services for analyzing IUU risk at vessel, company, regional or national level at two levels (1) Country level – looking at IUU catches in the EEZ ; and (2) Estimating and analyzing IUU risk for seafood products in global supply chains for exports to key market states (USA, Europe, etc.). He has already developed a series of IUU Situation Reports on Global distant water fleets for several clients.

Dr Pramod holds a Doctorate in Resource Management from University of British Columbia, Canada. He also holds Masters Degrees in Marine Management (Dalhousie University, Canada) and Marine Biology & Oceanography (Annamalai University). He has executed projects on illegal fishing, MCS and fisheries compliance. Dr Pramod has a rare mix of solid academic background and technical consulting experience over a career spanning 21 years with direct field experience in 32 countries enhancing his contribution to all his assignments.

Pramod_Ganapathiraju Work Experience

Map showing the 32 countries where Dr. Pramod executed consulting, research and technical fisheries MCS & management projects over the past 21 years.


  • Doctoral Scholarship, University of British Columbia (2006-2009)
  • Cecil and Kathleen Morrow Scholarship, University of British Columbia (2007)
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship, Dalhousie University (2004 – 2005)


Pramod, G., Pitcher, T.J., & Mantha, G. (2019) Estimates of illegal and unreported seafood imports to Japan. Marine Policy, 108, 103439.

Nakamura, K., Bishop, L., Ward, T., Pramod, G., Thomson, D. C., Tungpuchayakul, P., & Srakaew, S. (2018) Seeing slavery in seafood supply chains. Science advances, 4(7), e1701833.

Pramod, G., Nakamura, K., Pitcher, T.J. and Delagran, L. (2014) Estimates of illegal and unreported fish in seafood imports to the USA, Marine Policy 48: 102-113.

Pitcher, T.J, D. Kalikoski, Pramod, G. and K. Short (2009) Not Honouring the Code, Nature 457, 658-659 (5 February 2009).

Agnew, D.J., Pearce, J., Pramod, G., Peatman, T., Watson R., Beddington, J.R. and Pitcher, T.J. (2009) Estimating the Worldwide Extent of Illegal Fishing. PLoS ONE 4(2): e4570.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004570 .

Pitcher, T.J., Kalikoski, D., Katherine, S., Varkey, D. and Pramod, G. (2009) An evaluation of progress in implementing ecosystem-based management of fisheries in 33 countries. Marine Policy 33 (2): 223-232.

Jacquet, J., Alava, J.J., Pramod, G., Henderson, S. and Zeller, D. (2008) In hot soup: sharks captured in Ecuador’s waters, Environmental Sciences 5(4): 269-283.

Pramod, G. and Chakravarty. M.S. (2005) Distribution of bivalve molluscs in the exposed and sheltered habitats along the north Andhra coast, Bay of Bengal, Proc. of AP Akademi of Sciences, 9(3): 273-280.

Pramod. G. and Maruthi. Ch. (2004) Survey of Bivalve Molluscs along North Andhra Coast, Journal of Indian Ocean Studies, 12(1): 145-153.


Metuzals, K., Baird, R., Pitcher, T., Sumaila, U.R. and Pramod. G (2010) One Fish, Two Fish, IUU and No Fish: Unreported Fishing World-wide, Pages 165-181. In: Handbook of Marine Fisheries Conservation and Management, Edited by R. Quentin Grafton, Ray Hilborn, Dale Squires, Maree Tait and Meryl Williams, Oxford University Press, USA, 784 pages.