Ted Morton

Ted Morton

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


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.

Recent Work

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  • U.S. Fish and Fishermen Deserve a Better Bill

    On April 30, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources debated and voted on a shortsighted bill, H.R. 1335, which would amend the nation’s primary ocean fisheries law. Several fishermen who traveled to Capitol Hill to voice concerns about weakening the law joined me and dozens of others in a standing-room-only crowd. Read More

  • Let's Keep the 'Status of the Stocks' Strong

    Each year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency that oversees management of the country’s ocean fishing, reports to Congress on the “status of the stocks.” It’s similar to a State of the Union address but describes the condition of the nation’s fish. Read More

  • Warming Up

    Just the other day, I read another article describing how ocean waters are warming and how fish populations are moving north along the Atlantic coast. I’m sure it won't be the last. Read More


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