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

  • ‘A Healthy Ecosystem Depends on Forage Fish’

    “Skua!” The bow of the 52-foot tour boat dips forward, then rises to meet the horizon. “Skua!” the call comes again from veteran birder David Mandel. He’s spotted a south polar skua off the starboard bow, one of scores of sightings throughout a daylong offshore birding trip hosted by Tim Shelmerdine of Oregon Pelagic Tours. For many on the tour, this skua is a... Read More

  • A Better Way to Catch Swordfish, While Turning a Profit

    Ever since California approved the use of drift gillnets to catch swordfish in the early 1980s, the fishery has been tangled in controversy because of the damage this gear causes ocean ecosystems. Read More

  • Safer Fishing Gear Can Also Be Profitable

    A new economic analysis concludes that deep-set buoy gear—innovative equipment for catching swordfish that minimizes the catch of nontarget species such as dolphins and sea lions—can be profitable for fishermen and provide a volume of locally caught swordfish comparable to the predominant method, drift gillnets. These findings come as the Pacific Fishery Management Council is... Read More

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