Amanda Nickson currently directs efforts to improve the conservation of tuna populations in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans through science-based policy development and advocacy.
Nickson joined Pew in 2010 to lead advocacy efforts with regional fisheries management organizations, the international bodies that govern the treaties regulating commercial fishing on the high seas. Nickson’s work addresses the overfishing of sharks, tuna and other valuable marine species in international waters and helps to conserve these increasingly vulnerable species and protect the ocean environment.
Before joining Pew, Nickson worked for the World Wildlife Fund for nearly 12 years, most recently directing international efforts to protect threatened charismatic species such as tigers, pandas, and marine turtles. Nickson also developed and led WWF’s Bycatch Initiative, a major policy and field program aimed at reducing the incidental catch of non-target species in fisheries in more than 20 countries throughout the world.