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

  • Off U.S. West Coast, Seeping Methane Plays Critical Role in Ocean Health

    Deep below the ocean’s surface, our planet is exhaling. Its breath—methane gas—feeds some of the ocean’s smallest organisms, which form the foundation for vibrant underwater communities and play a key role in regulating the climate through their consumption of this potent greenhouse gas. Now, fishery managers have an opportunity to act to protect these remarkable... Read More

  • Little Fish, Big Celebration: Concern and Hope on the Pacific Coast

    On Oct. 27, more than 200 people gathered at the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco for an unprecedented forum on forage fish protection in California. The event, “Little Fish, Big Deal,” featured presentations from distinguished experts who advocated for a broader move toward a big-picture, ecosystem-based approach to managing forage fish. Read More

  • Little Fish, Big Deal

    Forage fish—small, schooling prey species such as sardine, anchovy, and Pacific saury—provide food that sustains a multitude of marine life and are an economic driver for coastal communities. On the heels of a pivotal campaign victory to protect several species of forage fish in federal Pacific Ocean waters, Pew’s Pacific Ocean conservation campaign will host a public forum in... Read More

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