Professor Michael Harte

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Harte is Professor and in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Oceanography at Oregon State University (OSU) and specializes in Marine Resource Management, Marine Spatial Planning and fisheries Management.

Most recently he took a two and a half leave absence from 20011 to 2013 from OSU and lead WWF – Australia’s marine program.  He was heavily engaged in Australia’s responsible seafood movement and managed corporate partnerships with sector leading supermarkets, brands, aquaculture and nutraceutical companies.

Prior to coming to the USA in 2005 he held the position of Economic Adviser to the Falkland Islands Government and was responsible for the provision of strategic and operational policy and economic advice to the Governor, Chief Executive, and elected representatives of the Falklands Islands Government.

Dr Harte has also been the General Manager, Policy and Science, for the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council. He was responsible for providing policy and scientific leadership and related services to the seafood industry, New Zealand Government, and other fishery stakeholders.

He has specific research interests in:

  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Rights-based fishery management systems.
  • Co-management of coastal marine resources.
  • Market transformation and sustainable seafood.

Dr. Harte has chaired and served on many advisory boards, committees, working groups and provided scientific and policy advice to a wide range of stakeholders at local, national and international levels.  In 2006, he was appointed by the governor to Oregon's Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team, a scientific review panel charged with advising the State of Oregon on matters of science related to the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Seafood Consumer Center based in Astoria Oregon.