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Lee G. Anderson, who retired this month from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, was named a fellow of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade.

IIFET Fellow

Anderson named fellow of International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade


11:38 a.m., May 23, 2014--Lee G. Anderson, retired Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Studies in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, has been named a fellow of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of fisheries economics.

He is one of the first four IIFET fellows named and will deliver an address at the organization’s conference in Australia in July. 

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Anderson’s The Economics of Fisheries Management, published in 1977, revised in 1986 and republished in 2004, has served as an important learning tool for fisheries economists nationally and internationally. He also wrote The Bioeconomics of Fishery Management with Juan Carlos Seijo and a two-volume edited collection of previous published articles on fisheries economics. 

Anderson has published widely in highly respected journals including Marine Resource Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Land Economics. His scholarly contributions have influenced the fundamental development of the application of economics to fisheries problems.

On the policy side, Anderson contributed to the implementation of Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) systems at state, federal and international levels. He is currently in his sixth term as a member of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and has advised the Atlantic States, Great Lakes and other U.S. Marine Fisheries Commissions, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. General Accounting Office, the National Academy of Sciences, the World Bank, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organizations, the European Union and the governments of New Zealand, Australia, Oman, Morocco and Chile. 

He was recently named to the Lenfest Ocean Program’s Fishery Ecosystem Task Force to help implement ecosystem-based fisheries management practices.

A 1966 graduate of Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in economics, Anderson received his doctorate in economics from the University of Washington in 1970. He joined UD in 1974, after starting his career as an assistant professor at the University of Miami. He served as the director of UD’s marine policy program from 1986 to 2004, and his recent work deals with simulation models, design and implementation of individual transfer quota programs, the economics of fishing in time and space and risk analysis in setting catch limits. 

“What is so special about Lee is that he is acknowledged as a leader in the field not only by his academic peers, but also by governments around the globe and by stakeholders themselves,” CEOE Dean Nancy Targett said. “His work connects people across all of these sectors and makes a difference to them all.”

In 1992, Anderson was awarded the Rosenstiel Award from the University of Miami’s Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences for his theoretical and applied work on individual transferable quotas. Anderson received the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade's 2006 Distinguished Service Award.  

In 2008, Anderson was appointed the Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Studies. His career was celebrated at a retirement gathering earlier this month. 


IIFET is an international professional association of fisheries and aquaculture economists, which has provided an international forum the exchange of information and ideas among individuals from academia, government, industry and international agencies around the world since 1982.

About UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) strives to reach a deeper understanding of the planet and improve stewardship of environmental resources. CEOE faculty and students examine complex information from multiple disciplines with the knowledge that science and society are firmly linked and solutions to environmental challenges can be synonymous with positive economic impact. 

The college brings the latest advances in technology to bear on both teaching and conducting ocean, earth and atmospheric research. Current focus areas are ecosystem health and society, environmental observing and forecasting, and renewable energy and sustainability.

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