About Us

Our Mission


Securing your future in sustainable fishery practices


About Us


ForSea Solutions (FSS) provides seafood sustainability technical consulting to the fishing companies and serves as a liaison between local fisheries and global seafood industry to help fisheries unlock their market value. Using mechanisms of fishery improvement projects (FIPs) and ecological certification schemes, FSS conducts expert assessments of fisheries seeking recognition in the seafood market for performing sustainably through adopting responsible fishery management practices. We support fisheries throughout the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) processes to help them achieve and maintain certification. Our portfolio includes completed fishery assessments (pre-assessments) against MSC and Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch standards criteria.



Our Team

Natalia Novikova
Natalia Novikova
Founder and President
Natalia (Natasha) brings over 15 years of organizational, contract and project management, cross-cultural communication and bilingual expertise. She oversees numerous Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fishery and Chain of Custody (CoC) certifications and Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) in salmon fisheries of Kamchatka, Sakhalin and Khabarovsk regions of the Russian Far East. She works directly with the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, providing technical assistance with MSC certification of their fishery. Natalia manages clients and vendors to ensure successful FIP implementation and MSC assessment/certification deliverables, meeting project schedules and budget requirements. She actively participates in MSC site visits and annual surveillance audits of the client-fisheries to guarantee their compliance with the MSC standard's criteria. Prior to founding ForSea Solutions in 2016, Natalia worked as Russia Program Manager at Ocean Outcomes in Portland, Oregon. Natalia holds a BA and MA from the State Academic University for the Humanities in Moscow as well as she studied human rights at Columbia University in New York. She recently completed the 2nd Level MSC Capacity Building training.
Randy Ericksen
Randy Ericksen
Fishery Scientist and Advisor
Randy has 35 years of experience working in the areas of international fisheries sustainability, seafood certification and ranking criteria, fish stock assessment, monitoring, escapement goal evaluation and run forecasting. With ForSeas Solutions, he provides scientific and technical support for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fishery certifications and Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) in salmon fisheries of Kamchatka, Sakhalin and Khabarovsk regions of the Russian Far East. In addition, he provides support for shellfish fisheries along the US Pacific Coast and Gulf of Mexico being assessed for potential MSC certification. Randy is currently founder and fisheries advisor at RP Ericksen Consulting. Previously, he worked as a fishery manager and researcher with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game; fishery consultant with Cramer Fish Sciences; salmon management specialist with the Wild Salmon Center; and Fisheries Science Director with Ocean Outcomes. Randy has consulted with MSC, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program, Fair Trade and the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) on seafood certification/ranking criteria, and is a certified MSC Fishery Team Member. He recently completed assessments of likely impacts of climate change impacts to global wild salmon markets, and the effectiveness of tuna fishery improvement efforts in Indonesia. Randy received a M.S. degree in Fisheries Science from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

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