Ted Morton joined Pew in April 2013 and leads Pew's fisheries work at the federal level. This includes efforts to establish policies to end overfishing, rebuild depleted fish populations, and promote ecosystem-based fisheries management in U.S. federal waters in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the nation’s primary law governing ocean fish management.
Prior to joining Pew, Morton directed a campaign at the Environmental Defense Fund to reform the international trade of coral reef wildlife. He also served as the Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness and Operations at SeaWeb and Director of Operations at the Pew Institute for Ocean Science. He developed experience on Capitol Hill and expertise with the Magnuson-Stevens Act during his years as federal policy director for Oceana and policy director for American Oceans Campaign. In those positions, he was actively involved in successful efforts to persuade Congress to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act in 2006 and served on the board of advisors of the Marine Fish Conservation Network. He also has advocated for strengthening beach water quality programs, estuary protections, marine mammal conservation, and federal investments in critical ocean programs. A native of Atlanta, Morton holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Furman University and a juris doctor degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.
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A proposed rule from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, if finalized, would weaken U.S. fisheries management and undermine our nation’s legacy of preventing overfishing and creating healthier oceans. Read More
Fishery managers too often develop fishing rules expecting that the same species will be found in roughly the same place every year. Setting catch limits for fishing requires some assumptions—and until recently, one of them has been that the vast ocean, while subject to cycles, is basically stable over time. But new information challenges that notion, as scientists and some policymakers... Read More
If fishermen had their way, the only thing on their hooks or in their nets would be what they were trying to catch: the target fish. But fishing is rarely that simple. Different kinds of fish swim together, and anyone who’s ever heard of dolphin-safe tuna knows that sometimes fishing can capture other species, such as marine mammals and birds. Read More