2490 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
Frazer McGilvray, Executive Director of Mālama Maunalua, is an internationally renowned marine natural resource management professional with more than 25 years of experience. Having worked throughout East Asia and the Indo-Pacific, he has extensive knowledge on marine resource management across several continents. He has worked both on local projects and those that span multiple countries. McGilvray has advised and helped shape government policy in many countries to improve fisheries management, coral reef resilience, food security and economic benefits.
McGilvray was most recently the Administrator of the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources (DLNR), where he oversaw management, conservation and restoration of the state’s aquatic resources and ecosystems. He was instrumental in bringing community-based management back to Hawaii, beginning with a major success in Ha‘ena on Kauai last year.
Prior to DAR, he was with Conservation International (CI), a worldwide organization that applies innovations in science, economics, policy and community participation to protect the Earth’s key ecosystems. His work included establishing the Seascapes Approach, a new context for large-scale marine management, funded with a $26 million donation (then the largest private donation towards marine conservation), and working with six South-East Asian countries to help create the Coral Triangle Initiative. While with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) in the United Kingdom, he implemented the UK’s first national beach clean-up campaign, with 3,000 volunteers to clean 160 beaches.
Born in the UK, McGilvray earned degrees in marine biology and applied zoology from Bangor University in North Wales. Having lived or worked on every continent except Antarctica, he now lives in Hawaii Kai with his wife and their two dogs. He is an avid waterman, and makes a point of getting in or on the water at Maunalua Bay as often as possible.