Matt Rand directs the Pew Bertarelli 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 directed global shark conservation for Pew and 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 Fishery Conservation and Management 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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In recent years, leading marine scientists have said that protecting large areas of the sea as oceanic reserves carries the added benefit of helping ocean life weather the impacts of climate change. Support for that claim was spread across numerous disparate studies—until now. Read More
As caretaker to over 11 million square kilometers (4.2 million square miles) of ocean—the second-largest exclusive economic zone in the world—France has a tremendous opportunity to become a global leader in safeguarding the world’s seas. Read More
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