Mark Richardson supports Pew’s ending illegal fishing project by helping to develop policy and technology solutions that create actionable fisheries data and intelligence and allow governments and industry around the world to take decisive action against illegal fishing. He focuses on research and development and leads Pew’s partnership with Interpol on Project Scale—a platform that uses Interpol’s global police network to fight illegal fishing and related criminal activity. Richardson’s previous work at Pew included providing technical advice on issues relating to fisheries and the enforcement of marine protected areas.
Before joining Pew, Richardson served in a range of roles with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Marine Mammal Commission, and the Marine Conservation Institute, where he led its advocacy efforts to protect Hawaiian monk seals and coordinated its program on marine protected area law enforcement.
Richardson holds two master’s degrees, in sustainable development and conservation biology from the University of Maryland and in public administration from Syracuse University, and a bachelor’s degree in German from Binghamton University.