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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An analysis published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE in January found that the standard method for setting timelines to rebuild depleted fish populations—that is, by calculating how long it would take for the population to recover if there were no fishing, and adding the average age at which a fish in the population reproduces—is still the best approach for U.S. stocks, compared... Read More
On April 25, 2016, The Pew Charitable Trusts submitted comments urging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service to withdraw a proposed rule that would undermine the availability of quality data that scientists need to measure the impact of bycatch—fish and other wildlife, such as sea turtles and seabirds, caught but unwanted by fishermen. These animals... Read More