RFA Interview Series – Professor Kevern Corchrane

Kevern Cochrane studied at the University of Zimbabwe, graduating with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Zoology and Geology in 1973. After a brief spell teaching, he joined the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management in Zimbabwe. His research for the Department was on the introduced freshwater sardine (Limnothrissa miodon) in Lake Kariba and the fishery utilising it. This work led to the award of a M.Phil. degree from the University of Zimbabwe in 1978.

This was followed by nearly five years of teaching in Pretoria, South Africa after which Dr Cochrane joined the National Institute for Water Research of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Here his research on fish population dynamics formed part of a multi-disciplinary study on nutrient cycling within an hypertrophic impoundment, Hartbeespoort Dam. This research contributed to the award of a Ph.D. in 1985 for a thesis entitled ‘The population dynamics and sustainable yield of the major fish species in Hartbeespoort Dam’.

In October 1995, Dr Cochrane joined the Fishery Resources Division of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation where he is still based. In this position he is responsible for providing technical support to FAO fishery-related activities in the Caribbean area and the south east Atlantic. He is also involved in FAO activities to implement the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, which task has included the production of technical guidelines for fisheries management in accordance with the Code of Conduct. The combined experiences at FAO and the SFRI have resulted in a particular interest in the improvement of fisheries management in order to be able to optimize consistently the potential benefits from fisheries in a sustainable manner, particularly within developing countries.