Paul Shively

Paul Shively

  • Project Director
  • U.S. Oceans, Pacific,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Oregon


Paul Shively directs Pew’s ocean conservation work in the Pacific, and the Pacific Fish Conservation works to suspend the expansion of fisheries on forage stocks until an ecosystem-based approach can be implemented.

Prior to joining Pew, Mr. Shively spent ten years at the Sierra Club, the last seven as a Senior Regional Representative where he managed campaigns and staff in seven states. His accomplishments include initiating the Oregon and Southwest Washington portion of Sierra Club’s Lewis and Clark Bicentennial campaign, which resulted in approximately $13 million of the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) dedicated to Columbia River Gorge land acquisition and the recently passed Mount Hood wilderness expansions. Before joining the Sierra Club staff, Paul worked for the Montana Human Rights Network in Helena, as the Director of Outreach.

He also served as the president of the Board of Directors for the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition, and has been an active community member in each community he has lived, including being a founding member of the 13 Enviros PAC in Oregon, chair of the Lewis and Clark County Democrats in Montana, and board member of the Literacy Volunteers of America in Helena.

From 1987-1989, Shively served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where he still periodically visits. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana, where he also did graduate work. When he is not working, Shively can be found hunting, fishing or rafting in any one of his favorite places throughout Northwest.

Recent Work

  • One Step Closer to Protecting the Deep-Sea Floor

    Journey just off the U.S. West Coast and things quickly get deep. Within 20 to 50 miles of shore in most places, but as few as 2 or 3 miles in others, the North American shelf gives way to the continental slope, which drops to depths of 3 kilometers or more. This vast expanse of ocean floor at first glance appears as barren, desolate mud. Yet even at the extreme depths below 3,500 meters, the... Read More

  • NOAA Decision Protects Pacific Forage Fish

    It's safe to say that Joni Mitchell wasn't thinking about forage fish when she wrote the lyric “You don't know what you've got till it's gone.” But that refrain, from her 1970 hit song, “Big Yellow Taxi,” perfectly captures the need for policies to protect small baitfish. Read More

  • Pew Commends NOAA for Conserving West Coast Forage Fish

    PORTLAND, Oregon—The Pew Charitable Trusts today commended the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service for a new federal rule that protects dozens of forage fish species in federal waters along the U.S. West Coast. The rule establishes precautionary protection for many small, schooling fish because of their importance as a food source for seabirds, marine... Read More

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