Brian O’Riordan has been engaged in fisheries related work for over 30 years, initially in small-scale artisanal fish catching, commerce and fish farming. For the last 20 years his work has focussed on small-scale artisanal fisheries in the developing countries, and for the last
10 years on policy advocacy work in support of small-scale artisanal fisheries and on promoting equitable North-South relations in fisheries. He is currently employed as the secretary, ICSF Belgium Office, a post he has held for 10 years. In 2003, ICSF was awarded the Margarita Lizaraga Award
by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for its contribution to the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. In 2005, the Swedish Trade Association Svensk Fisk conferred the Kungsfenan Swedish Seafood Award for Sustainable Fishing on ICSF.