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 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.
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In October, Ellen Pikitch, former chair of the Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force, submitted a letter on behalf of more than 100 scientists to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission in support of managing menhaden, a forage fish, from an ecosystem perspective. The public comment period is open through Oct. 24, and the commission will make its decision Nov. 13. Read More
Atlantic menhaden play an essential role in marine ecosystems and businesses along the U.S. East Coast. Now, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which sets fishing rules for menhaden along the Eastern Seaboard, is considering how to protect and increase their economic and ecological value. Read More
Squid, best known as calamari, are optional eating for humans. But these nimble cephalopods are a critical food source for many predators, from summer flounder, bluefish, tuna, and striped bass to whales, seabirds, sharks, and dolphins. And it’s these species—and the fishermen, anglers, tourists, and seafood consumers who enjoy them—who pay the price when too many squid are... Read More