Joseph Gordon is a senior manager for Pew’s ocean conservation work in the U.S. Northeast. He directs campaigns to conserve forage fish—small schooling species that serve as food for larger fish and marine mammals—advance ecosystem-based fisheries management, and protect habitat. Gordon has helped lead successful coalition efforts to protect Atlantic menhaden, mackerel, river herring, shad, and more than 50 previously unmanaged forage fish species, and secure the largest protected area and first U.S. marine monument in the Atlantic to safeguard the future of deep-sea corals and wildlife.
Gordon joined Pew in 2008, working on defense and implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the country’s primary fishing law. Previously, he led campaigns at National Environmental Trust, American Rivers, American Lands Alliance, Sierra Club, Save America’s Forests, and the Public Interest Research Groups where his responsibilities included campaign design and implementation, education of government officials, media relations, and public speaking. Before earning his master’s degree in public policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, Gordon worked as a high school social studies teacher.
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On Nov. 13, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will take its most important vote yet on how to manage menhaden, which are fished commercially and also support tourism, recreational fishing, and coastal businesses by serving as a key prey species for many predators. Three people who care about menhaden spoke with The Pew Charitable Trusts about what this forage fish means to them.... Read More
Members of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which sets rules for fishing in state waters along the Eastern Seaboard, will gather Nov. 13 to vote on how to manage menhaden, one of the Atlantic Ocean’s most important prey fish. In the waters off the East Coast, Atlantic menhaden feeds nearly every commercial and recreational species of fish, as well as marine mammals such as... Read More
The Pew Charitable Trusts submitted comments Oct. 24 to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission in support of Option E, which relies on the best available science to guide management of menhaden, a critical forage fish species. The goal is to maintain the menhaden population at a level that provides enough food to predators while supporting a sustainable commercial fishery. Read More