Daniel Schaeffer leads Pew’s work on the use of technology to better enforce laws intended to stop illegal fishing around the world. The project focuses on satellite systems and other high-tech devices, which are more efficient and cost-effective than traditional methods of monitoring marine fisheries. Schaeffer joined Pew in 2015 after 27 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he reached the rank of commander and led the Coast Guard’s fisheries and marine protected enforcement program.
Schaeffer’s Coast Guard experience spanned the full range of fisheries enforcement efforts, including operational planning and oversight, policy development, intergovernmental cooperation, drafting of regulations, and boarding of more than 350 vessels. He worked on international fisheries enforcement for nearly two decades and took part in multilateral meetings and treaty negotiations. He served as a member of U.S. delegations to various regional fisheries management organizations and as a Coast Guard representative at enforcement meetings. He also oversaw development of the Coast Guard’s Ocean Guardian strategic plan, which will guide the service’s fisheries and marine protected species efforts over the next decade.
Schaeffer holds a bachelor of science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a master of marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island, College of Environment and Life Sciences, and a professional diploma from the U.S. Naval War College.