Andrew Frederick Johnson

"I’m a marine fisheries ecologist, which means I try and understand the lives of fish and fishermen and how they interact with their environment."

Andrew’s research focuses on the impacts of marine fisheries on fish populations and their habitats. Since beginning his studies in marine biology in 2002, he has traveled extensively, working with nine different fisheries in six countries gaining valuable experience in a range of fishing methods and management strategies. His doctorate at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University (UK, 2013) focused on determining the habitat requirements of bottom-dwelling fish species and how this knowledge can be used in the design of Marine Protected Areas. His work is now focused on small-scale fisheries in Mexico’s Gulf of California. Through his work at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography he aims to aid the Gulf of California Marine Program in the design of future management measures that bring balance between the contrasting worlds of fisheries exploitation and marine conservation.

Andrew is passionate about keeping things jargon-free and simple to understand


  • Gulf of California Marine Program
  • dataMares
  • The Nature Conservancy – Mapping Ocean Wealth