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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Every spring, as part of an annual migration, river herring and shad on the East Coast leave the ocean and run up rivers to spawn. At sea, river herring and shad are food for valuable commercial species, including tuna and cod, as well as whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals. And in rivers, their spawning runs attract not only eagles, osprey, and striped bass but also recreational anglers. Read More
Last week was big for menhaden, a forage fish that is prey for many wildlife species and is the focus of the East Coast’s largest fishing operation. On Nov. 13 and 14, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Menhaden Management Board met in Linthicum, Maryland to set catch limits and other policies for this critical species. The result was a mixed bag that shows some promise... 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