Matt Rand directs the Global Ocean Legacy project. He works with citizens, governments, and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of the Earth’s most important and unspoiled marine environments.
Previously, Rand was the director of global shark conservation for Pew, and he spent 10 years with the National Environmental Trust, primarily managing the Conserve Our Ocean Legacy campaign, which achieved reforms of the marine conservation requirements in the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the U.S. fishery law. He also led a campaign to oppose biotechnology in agriculture.
In addition, Rand worked at the Environmental Defense Fund as the senior director of campaigns in the oceans program.
Rand is an avid recreational fisherman and diver.
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The past two years have been pivotal for the conservation of our oceans. Since 2015, more of the ocean has been set aside for protection than during any other period in history. In the past six months alone, governments around the world have committed to protecting nearly 3.8 million square kilometers (1.47 million square miles) of ocean. These policy actions are based on the scientifically... Read More
On a map, Pitcairn Islands appear as a green pinprick in the blue expanse of the South Pacific Ocean. But the small islands make up one of the largest areas of protected ocean on the planet. At around 320,465 square miles (830,000 square kilometers), the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve is almost 3.5 times the size of the United Kingdom. Read More
Pew and the Bertarelli Foundation have announced they will join in a partnership to create the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project. Announced around the U.S. State Department’s Our Oceans conference this week in Washington, the $30 million partnership builds upon a decade of work by Global Ocean Legacy, a project of Pew and its partners that has helped protect 2.4 million square miles (6.3... Read More