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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Scientific studies often address narrowly focused questions, but sometimes scientists bundle many answers together to address bigger questions, such as how best to manage the global ocean. Read More
For depleted fish populations that cannot be rebuilt in 10 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) currently sets the rebuilding timelines by calculating the time it would take each stock to recover in the absence of fishing and then adding one generation (commonly interpreted as the average age of spawning fish). Read More
In a new study, scientists led by Sea Around Us calculated the annual global fish catch to be roughly 109 million metric tons, about 32 million metric tons more than officially reported in 2010 by more than 200 countries and territories. Read More