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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  • We Can Do More to Reduce Wasted Catch, and Congress Can Help

    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

  • How to Identify a Forage Fish – and Why We Need To

    Commercial and sport fishermen alike take a serious interest in what, where, and when fish eat. After all, knowing what bait to use to lure a hungry fish or how and when to find a school in its feeding grounds greatly increases the chances of catching fish. But beyond that, why does a fish’s food matter, and how do scientists determine what fish eat? Read More

  • Protecting Special Sites Where Fish Breed

    Protecting places where fish gather to spawn boosts healthy fish populations and improves the recovery of declining ocean species. In some spawning areas where fishing has stopped, fish have grown larger and more numerous, and their populations have expanded over a wider area, replenishing nearby fishing grounds. Read More


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