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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  • Somalia Warns of Rise in Poaching in Western Indian Ocean

    Somali pirates once wielded enough power to force fishing vessels to flee the Horn of Africa. In 2011, the number of at-sea encounters with armed bandits peaked at 243, affecting more than 3,700 crew members. Read More

  • The Virtual Watch Room

    Monitoring and enforcement of marine reserves can be challenging in remote parts of the world, where many of the last near-pristine waters are found. To help meet this challenge, The Pew Charitable Trusts has partnered with Satellite Applications Catapult, a U.K. government initiative created to help foster economic growth through the exploitation of space. Together, they have pioneered a system... Read More

  • Port State Measures

    Can one international treaty help reverse years of rampant and widespread disregard for fisheries laws and policies? We believe the answer is yes, but a treaty is only as good as the parties that ratify and enforce it. Read More

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