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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What places are important to ocean fish? Spawning grounds, where fish reproduce, and nursery grounds, where baby fish find shelter, might come to mind first. Anyone who has thought about where to drop a baited hook also knows that fish go to certain spots to eat. Read More
In September 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) released a draft policy on ecosystem-based fisheries management. This policy, when finalized, will help guide agency actions and decisions. Read More
In a draft policy released in September, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) said it “strongly supports” ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM), in which managers weigh existing data about where fish live, what they eat, what eats them, and what impacts they face from various threats, including climate change. Read More