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Mr Ndiaga Gueye has been appointed as Chief, International Institutions and Liaison Service, Fishery Policy and Planning Division (FIPL), effective 13 December 2005. A Senegalese national, Mr Gueye holds a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Dakar in December 1983. This academic degree was completed with several professional training in fisheries in Europe, Asia and North America. After four years in the Army, he was transferred, in 1987, to the Ministry of Fisheries and held the following posts: (a) Head of the Fish Inspection and Quality Control Service (1987-1988); (b) Deputy-Director of Fisheries (1989-1993); and (c) Director of Fisheries (1994-2004). As Director of Fisheries of Senegal for 10 years, he acquired good experience in the negotiation and the follow-up of bilateral and international agreements as well as a good knowledge of the sub-regional and regional fishery bodies. Mr Ndiaga Gueye succeeds Mr Benedict P. Satia who retired in November 2004. In his capacity of Chief of FIPL, he is also Secretary of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) as well as of the Advisory Committee on Fisheries Research (ACFR). Mr Gueye may be reached via e-mail at


On 15 May 2005, Ms Doris Soto joined the FIRI service as Senior Fishery Resources Officer (Resource Management). Ms Soto graduated from the "Universidad de Chile", Santiago, in Biology-Limnology in 1979, and in 1988 from the University of California, Davis, San Diego State, where she obtained her Ph. D. in Ecology under the Joint Doctoral Program between San Diego State University and University of California-Davis.

From 1990 until joining FAO, Ms. Soto has served as Professor of the Fisheries and Oceanography Faculty at the Austral University in Puerto Montt, the lake and fjord region in Southern Chile, where she has been teaching undergraduate courses in General Biology, Limnology and Environmental Management for Aquaculture. Ms Soto’s research work focused on salmon farming environmental management and nutrient cycling in farms both in freshwater and marine environments; and extensive research to evaluate the effect of escaped salmon and trout on aquatic ecosystems. Her research has contributed to scientific knowledge and also to decision making through the aquaculture environmental regulation program set up by the Chilean government and also through active interaction with the private sector. She has been an adjunct scientist at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York since 1999. Since 2002 she was senior scientist in a Chilean Millennium project to evaluate the forest ecosystemic services to aquatic systems" (FORECOS) where she has been evaluating forest services to aquaculture and sports fishing. She has published numerous scientific papers and reports, guided graduate and undergraduate students, and also provided scientific technical advise to the Chilean Ministry of Fisheries, the Chilean Environmental Protection Agency, the Chilean Forest Service, as well as various fishermen associations.

In FIRI, Ms Soto will be working on aquatic environment and resources management issues related to inland fisheries and aquaculture.

Ms Soto is located in Room F-523, Ext. 56149, e-mail:

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