Lee Crockett leads Pew’s efforts to establish policies to end overfishing and promote ecosystem-based fisheries management in the United States under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the federal law that governs ocean fish management. As director, Crockett oversees all of Pew’s U.S. fisheries campaigns. These include efforts in the Northeast, South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Caribbean, and the Pacific.
Before joining Pew, Crockett was executive director of the Marine Fish Conservation Network, the largest national coalition dedicated exclusively to promoting the sustainable management of ocean fish. Under his leadership, the campaign was instrumental in efforts to reauthorize and strengthen the Magnuson-Stevens Act in 2007. Previously, he was a fishery biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service, leading agency efforts to protect essential fish habitat. He also served as a staff member of the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, working on a variety of fisheries, environmental and boating safety issues.
Crockett holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in biological oceanography from the University of Connecticut. Before college, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He’s also an avid angler who enjoys fishing the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.
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It turns out that “the blob” isn’t just a creature in a 1950s-era science fiction movie.An unusually persistent mass of warm ocean water is roiling marine life on the U.S. West Coast. A front-page story in The Oregonian earlier this month attributed dwindling numbers of seabirds, sea stars, and sardines along the coast of Washington, Oregon, and California to a mass of unusually... Read More
On one side: fish. On the other side: fishermen. In the middle: Zeke Grader. For more than four decades, the California-based fishing advocate has worked to find common ground between taking care of the environment and looking out for the needs of family fishermen. Read More
Imagine, if you will, the government paying fishermen to help protect a depleted species in its only known spawning ground. That could happen in the Gulf of Mexico, where for decades surface longline gear deployed to catch yellowfin tuna and swordfish have incidentally caught and killed western Atlantic bluefin tuna and other ocean wildlife. Read More