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

  • 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

  • Oregon Managers Adopt Robust Plan to Protect Forage Fish

    At its September meeting, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted a Forage Fish Management Plan to protect six broad groups of forage fish species in state-managed marine waters, from the coast to 3 miles into the Pacific Ocean. Commercial fishing of lanternfish, sand lance, saury, silverside, smelt, and several types of squid will be prohibited unless and until science clearly shows that... Read More

  • New Poll: Californians Support Transition to Less Wasteful Gear for Catching Swordfish

    California voters overwhelmingly support ending the use of drift gillnets to catch swordfish, with 87 percent of those surveyed in a poll commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts agreeing that fishermen should use less harmful gear. Read More

Media Contact

Barbara Semedo

Manager, Communications