Rebecca Goldburg directs Pew’s ocean science work, focusing on support for marine conservation research, including the Lenfest Ocean Program, the Sea Around Us project and the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation.
Before joining Pew, Goldburg was a senior scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a national nonprofit research and advocacy organization, where she worked for 20 years. There, she focused on scientific and public policy issues of fish farming, especially the massive use of wild caught fish in feed for farmed fish. At EDF, Goldburg also worked to increase market demand for more sustainably produced seafood through partnerships with several major corporate purchasers of seafood. She served on the Marine Aquaculture Task Force established by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and The Pew Charitable Trusts, which released recommendations on U.S. aquaculture policy in 2007. Goldburg also co-authored the Pew Oceans Commission’s report on marine aquaculture.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in statistics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in statistics and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Minnesota.
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This fact sheet presents estimates of total catches from 1950 to 2010, including recreational and traditional catch, which has been neglected in official accounting. Total catches appear relatively sustainable given the size of Australia’s ocean area, and discards have declined. Read More
A temporary halt in fishing, such as the one in the Pacific sardine fishery, can make a big difference for little fish and the fishermen who rely on them. Read More