Chief of the Party
USAID Fish Right Program, Philippines
Nygiel Armada has a Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science graduate degree from Hamburg University and has now over 35 years of experience in fisheries resources management. He was a faculty member of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) of the University of the Philippines Visayas for over 25 years and taught courses in fish population dynamics, biostatistics, and marine ecology. He did stock assessment work in Ivory Coast in Africa and fisheries resource and ecological assessment studies of various fishing grounds in the Philippines. He was involved in various fisheries resources management work in the country and in neighboring Asian countries for various projects of the ADB, World Bank, GTZ, UNDP, CIDA, ICLARM, WWF, UNEP/GEF, and PEMSEA. He is the senior advisor of the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) for the country’s National Stock Assessment Program (NSAP). He served as regional expert on fish refugia of the UNEP/GEF South China Sea Project as well as the specialist on ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM) of the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI). He was the fisheries management advisor of Fisheries Improved for Sustainable Harvest (FISH) Project, and the Chief of Party (COP) of the Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (ECOFISH) Project, both USAID-funded projects to improve the management of important coastal and marine resources and associated ecosystems in the Philippines. He is currently the COP of the Fish Right Program, also a USAID-funded program designed to address biodiversity threats, improve marine ecosystems governance, and increase biomass in selected areas of the country.