Tony Long

Tony Long

  • Director
  • Ending Illegal Fishing Project,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Tony Long directs Pew’s work to end illegal fishing and joined the Trusts after 27 years in the British Royal Navy, where he reached the rank of commander. He most recently served on the First Sea Lord’s strategy team, providing executive- and ministerial-level defence planning and policy support to the head of the Navy, his executive board and government ministers. He also acted as the High North (Arctic) lead adviser, responsible for researching and understanding maritime security issues that arise from environmental changes in the Arctic region.

Long has commanded a mine-hunter (HMS Blyth) and a frigate (HMS Monmouth) and spent a great deal of time deployed at sea, including patrols in the North and South Atlantic, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and the Far East. He has taught at the UK Defence Academy and overseen the strategic alignment of the rules of engagement and use of force guidance for the U.S., NATO and EU commands.

Long is a proven leader and team builder. He has a thorough understanding of marine law enforcement, laws of the sea, high seas vessel traffic, port operations, maritime security, and global geopolitics.

He holds a master’s degree in defence studies from Kings College, London.

Recent Work

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  • Implementing the Port State Measures Agreement

    In cooperation with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), through its Stop Illegal Fishing (SIF)Working Group, and six African countries,1 Pew has supported the development of a capacity needs assessment(CNA) methodology, part of a set of tools that we have committed to help develop to ensure that States havethe necessary instruments to effectively implement the PSMA and can... Read More

  • Tracking Fishing Vessels Around the Globe

    Two decades after satellite-based vessel monitoring systems (VMS) began taking on an increased role in fisheries management—because of their ability to track the location and monitor the activities of fishing vessels around the world—new technologies are allowing these systems to be fully integrated into fisheries management plans. Today, VMS have become a critical tool in the global... Read More

  • Seafood Supply Chain Is Key in Efforts to End Illegal Fishing

    I have written before about how the increasing global demand for seafood poses challenges for fisheries management. I've also addressed how illegal fishing is compounding those issues, degrading important marine ecosystems, and harming coastal residents and law-abiding fishers around the world. Read More

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