Joseph Gordon

Joseph Gordon

  • Senior Manager
  • U.S. Oceans, Northeast,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Washington, D.C.


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.  

Recent Work

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  • On Menhaden, Fisheries Body Again Ignores the Big Picture

    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

  • Support Pours In for Conserving Menhaden Along the Atlantic Coast

    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

  • Squid to Get Much-Needed Relief From Intense Summer Fishing

    Squid, best known as calamari, are optional eating for humans. But these nimble cephalopods are a critical food source for many predators, from summer flounder, bluefish, tuna, and striped bass to whales, seabirds, sharks, and dolphins. And it’s these species—and the fishermen, anglers, tourists, and seafood consumers who enjoy them—who pay the price when too many squid are... Read More

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