Maria Jose started in Oceana in 2005, campaigning successfully against the use of illegal driftnets in the Mediterranean Sea and to eradicate IUU fishing. In all these years she has led campaigns against overfishing in the Mediterranean, against fishing pirates worldwide, for Bluefin tuna and swordfish conservation amongst others.
She has been Oceana representative in major Regional Fisheries Management Organizations such as ICCAT, CITES, GFCM, FAO and ACCOBAMS and international fora and currently leads Oceana Policy team in six European countries.
In 2010 she became fisheries campaign manager, managing the European team working against overfishing and for the eradication of illegal fishing. She holds a MSc in Marine Science with specialization in exploitation in marine living resources by the University of Cadiz and before joining Oceana she was oriented into aquaculture research. And she went to school in her beautiful hometown in the Southern corner of Europe, Seville.