Joe Zelasney

Joe Zelasney

  • Manager
  • Ending Illegal Fishing Project,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Joe Zelasney manages Pew’s ending illegal fishing project, which works to ensure a sustainable future for our oceans by combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing around the world. His particular focus is on preventing illegally caught fish from entering markets through domestic and international ports.

Before joining Pew, Zelasney had a wide-ranging career in government, including at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he served as an interagency policy liaison, coordinating outreach activities among federal agencies. He also was a journalist at the Northwest Publishing Center and for the Alaska fishing industry.

Zelasney has studied, worked, volunteered, and traveled in more than 50 countries and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Washington.

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