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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  • Our Ocean Conference

    Pew is delighted to be participating in the second Our Ocean [hyperlinked to event page] conference, on October 5-6 in Valparaíso, Chile, which will bring together leaders from government, academia, and advocacy organizations who share a common goal—to ensure our ocean remains healthy and vibrant for years to come. The conference will address many issues on which Pew is working... Read More

  • Australia Ratifies Key U.N. Treaty to End Illegal Fishing

    Efforts to end illegal fishing continue to gain momentum. Australia already has robust port controls, but the nation advanced this global fight this month by ratifying the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), an international treaty to stop illegally caught fish from entering the market. Read More

  • Game Changer in Fight Against Illegal Fishing

    Project Eyes on the Seas, a joint initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the U.K.-based Satellite Applications Catapult, combines satellite monitoring of the oceans with other information, such as fishing-vessel databases and oceanographic data, to help authorities detect suspicious fishing activity far more efficiently than has been possible in the past— often in near-real time. Read More

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