Peter Baker

Peter Baker

  • Director
  • U.S. Oceans, Northeast,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Massachusetts


Peter Baker directs Pew’s ocean conservation work in New England. He leads the campaign to establish science-based annual catch limits, strong monitoring programs and accountability in fisheries such as groundfish (cod, haddock, flounder), Atlantic herring, and other small schooling species that serve as food for larger fish and marine mammals. His work with elected officials, decision makers, the public, the media and the fishing industry has helped him understand the diverse constituencies that desire sustainable stocks and guide the campaign’s policy work.

Before joining Pew, Baker was campaign director of the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association. His responsibilities included campaign design and implementation, educating government officials, media relations and public speaking. In his five-year tenure, he developed the first fishery in New England to work under firm catch limits with the Georges Bank Hook Sector, a fishermen-run, community-based harvesting coop. He also led initiatives that created the Purse Seine/Fixed Gear Only Area in the Gulf of Maine for the Atlantic herring fishery, and defeated efforts to change the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to allow allocation of fish quotas to shore-side processors.

Earlier, Baker held positions with the Sierra Club in North Carolina and Vermont and was its organizer for the Environmental Public Education Campaign. He was also press secretary for Sam Neill’s congressional race, managed Peter Clavelle’s campaign for mayor of Burlington, Vermont, and was field director for the Citizen Labor and Electricity Coalition.

Recent Work

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  • Ocean Wildlife Needs Plentiful Forage Fish to Thrive

    My kids, like most, are drawn to the wild kingdom’s charismatic hunters. Living near the Atlantic Ocean on Cape Cod, they are especially impressed with sharks, whales, seals, and birds of prey. The predators that captivate kids’ attention are the most recognizable and identifiable part of the ocean food web, but they don’t live in isolation. The Pew Charitable Trusts’... Read More

  • Northeast Squid Deserve a Summer Break

    Every summer, as crowds amass on New England beaches, another gathering is underway in the waters just offshore. Millions of Atlantic longfin squid return from a winter spent in the deep cold waters off the East Coast to the ecologically rich shallower waters near Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Life is short for these squid—they live less than two years—so they make the most... Read More

  • Fisheries Managers Should Heed Public Opinion—and Science—on Menhaden

    The small Atlantic menhaden, which plays an important role as prey in the ocean, could have a big year in 2017, as we wrote recently. This month, fishery managers received a clear message in public comments that have poured in on how to manage Atlantic menhaden: Conserve the species for its contribution to the marine ecosystem. Read More

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