Seafood Watch Leadership

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a key player in advancing ocean conservation worldwide. Its Seafood Watch program is a leader in setting guidelines for sustainable fishing and aquaculture practices globally. Vice President of Conservation and Science and Chief Conservation Officer Margaret Spring, together with Director of Global Fisheries and Aquaculture Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, are at the helm of the program and the sustainable seafood movement.

Margaret Spring
Margaret Spring oversees the Aquarium’s conservation and science initiatives. In addition to Seafood Watch, this includes all ocean science policy work and research programs involving sea otters, white sharks, Pacific bluefin tuna and other species.

Spring serves on the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board, the California Ocean Science Trust Board of Trustees, the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust Board of Trustees, the Environmental Law Institute Board of Directors, and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Position Statement Task Force.

Prior to joining the Aquarium in 2013, Spring held leadership roles at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, first as Chief of Staff and then as Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere. Before her tenure in government, Spring led The Nature Conservancy's California coastal and marine program. She also served on Capitol Hill as senior counsel, then general counsel, to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where she played a key role in advising members of Congress on ocean and climate issues and developing legislation on major science and policy topics.

Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly
Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly leads the Aquarium’s respected Seafood Watch program. She directs activities in support of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture on a global scale, working with a range of stakeholders to drive improvements in environmental performance, social responsibility and management. She ensures collaboration within the broader sustainable seafood movement and maintains the program’s rigor in generating seafood purchasing recommendations.

Kemmerly began her marine conservation career in Washington, D.C. where she worked at the American Oceans Campaign (now Oceana), focusing on marine fish habitat conservation, and at Environmental Media Services. She has over 20 years of experience in sustainable fisheries and currently serves in a leadership capacity driving greater collaboration among stakeholder groups. Kemmerly serves on multiple committees and advisory boards with the aim of fostering collaboration and informing the strategic direction of the global sustainable seafood movement.