Lara Manarangi-Trott


Lara is a Cook Islands national who completed a Bachelor of Science degree with first class honours in marine biological environments at the University of New South Wales, Australia. She returned to work with the Cook Islands Ministry of Marine Resources as a fisheries officer, then undertook her PhD studies at the University of Wollongong.  Her studies there built on her science background and resulted in a thesis that examined and analysed the international legal frameworks governing RFMOs and the important role that small Pacific island countries, play in the conservation and management of tuna stocks.  

In 2012, Dr Manarangi-Trott was appointed Compliance Manager at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), and for a brief term in late 2014/ early 2015 she was the Interim-Executive Director.  The WCPFC, or Tuna Commission as it is commonly known, is the peak body responsible for managing fish stocks in the western half of the Pacific. The organisation has the daunting task of finding consensus on sustainable management of these stocks amongst its 26 commission members who include small islands Pacific states as well as some of the most powerful fishing nations.  Prior to this Lara served for six years (2006 – 2012) with the Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) based in Honiara, where she coordinated and delivered advice to Pacific Island countries in regional tuna fisheries management. For a brief term she was the interim Deputy Director. 

Current Position

Compliance Manager, Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission 

PhD Title

Fisheries Data Requirements under International Law: Achieving Long-Term Conservation and Sustainable Use of Tuna Fisheries in the Western Central Pacific Ocean 

PhD Supervisors

Professor Martin Tsamenyi, Director Emeritus and Professor at ANCORS

Antony Lewis

Last reviewed: 9 August, 2018