Tom Wheatley manages Pew’s ocean conservation work in the Gulf of Mexico and oversees efforts to protect prey species, also known as forage fish, in Florida. This work aims to ensure sustainable fishing and robust marine food webs, protect important habitats, and safeguard marine resources for the benefit of coastal communities, fishermen, seafood eaters, divers, boaters, and future generations. Previously at Pew, he directed efforts to protect the Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Gulf.
Before coming to Pew, Wheatley was the regional representative for the Marine Fish Conservation Network in the Gulf of Mexico region, advocating for national policies to achieve healthy oceans and productive fisheries, and working with partners to end overfishing, protect marine habitats, and curb wasteful fishing practices. Wheatley was also the regional representative for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and the Alaska Coalition, and served as canvass director for the Citizens Campaign for the Environment in New York.
Wheatley holds a bachelor’s of science degree in geography from the Pennsylvania State University.