Matt Rand

Matt Rand
Matt Rand
Director
Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
The Pew Charitable Trusts

PROFILE

Matt Rand directs the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, an initiative in which Pew and the Bertarelli Foundation are working with citizens, governments, and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of the world’s most important marine environments by increasing the number of fully protected parks in the sea from nine to 15 by 2022. He has also launched and directed Pew’s global shark conservation efforts.

Rand spent 10 years with the National Environmental Trust, primarily managing the Conserve Our Ocean Legacy campaign, which achieved reforms of the marine conservation requirements in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the U.S. fishery law. He also led a campaign to oppose biotechnology in agriculture, and worked at the Environmental Defense Fund as the senior director of the campaigns in the oceans program.

Rand holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental resources management from Pennsylvania State University.

Recent Work

Podcast

Our Blue Planet–Protecting the Ocean

Episode 6

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Podcast

Three-quarters of our planet is covered with water—and it’s this water that sustains life. But our liquid planet, home to half of the world’s known creatures and plants, is facing multiple threats, such as overfishing and commercial development. That’s why leading scientists say that 30 percent of our oceans should be protected. Host Dan LeDuc explores why this 30 percent data point is important with two people committed to safeguarding the oceans: native Hawaiian Sol Kaho’ohalahala, whose culture and livelihood depend on sustainable seas; and Matt Rand, who directs the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project and has been working with people like Kaho’ohalahala since 2006 to keep our oceans healthy.