Kanae Tokunaga

Kanae Tokunaga

Kanae Tokunaga

Kanae is an Associate Research Scientist in Coastal and Marine Resource Economics at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). Kanae received her Ph.D. in Economics and Graduate Ocean Policy Certificate from the University of Hawaii. Before joining GMRI, she worked as a researcher at the University of Tokyo – Ocean Alliance and Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency and as a consultant for the Environmental Defense Fund.

In her research, Kanae applies various economic research methods to coastal and marine resource management issues. She is interested in understanding the efficiency, efficacy, and stability of different types of fisheries management institutions, and how they may be impacted by climate change and other environmental changes. Kanae values and enjoys collaborative research and continues to work with researchers from diverse disciplines while also working closely with coastal communities, policymakers, and industries. She continues her love of fisheries and economics outside of work, where you can find her visiting fish markets and auctions around the world.