With nearly 20 years of experience in resource management, Haruko is passionate about finding creative and collaborative tools for sustainable resource use. She worked on stock assessments of the Seychelles’ sea cucumber fishery for her PhD. She also worked within reef fisheries in Palau and Colombia. Haruko has also worked with Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy to develop fisheries surveys to help establish community management areas in Hawaii.
Since 2021, Haruko is involved in the Rāhui Center’s Arutua and Rangiroa reef fisheries study. She is responsible for the fisheries part of the study which aims to assess the stock health of five targeted reef-fish species and propose adapted management measures to ensure the sustainable harvest of local marine resources.

Fisheries management scientist