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Joshua S. Reichert

Executive Vice President
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Joshua Reichert is an executive vice president at Pew, directing all of its environmental work, including efforts to preserve large intact wilderness ecosystems and protect the global marine environment.

Before joining Pew in 1990, Reichert held various positions with government and nongovernmental entities, serving as executive director of the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C.; vice president for conservation at Conservation International; regional representative of the Inter-American Foundation, a public corporation that assists urban and rural poor in Latin America and the Caribbean; and special assistant to the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Reichert is the chief architect and founder of various environmental entities, including Oceana, the National Environmental Trust, SeaWeb, Earth Force, the Ocean Law Project, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Clear the Air, the Campaign for America’s Wilderness, the Pew Institute for Ocean Science, the Ocean Wildlife Campaign and the Pew Oceans Commission.

Additionally, he has written more than 60 publications and co-produced films on the plight of fisheries and marine ecosystems. His writings have appeared in more than 100 newspapers throughout the United States, and he has been a guest on ABC’s “World News,” PBS’ “NewsHour With Jim Lehrer,” Fox News, National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and American Public Media’s ”Marketplace.”

Reichert holds an undergraduate degree in applied behavioral sciences from the University of California, Davis, and master’s and doctoral degrees in social anthropology from Princeton University.

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September 7, 2011

U.S. and Europe to Fight Pirates Who Steal Fish on the High Seas

A story published by McClatchy Newspapers regarding the U.S.-EU agreement to combat illegal fishing on the high seas quotes Pew Environment Group Managing Director Josh Reichert.

September 7, 2011

U.S. and Europeans Unite Against Illegal Fishing

An entry on The New York Times' "Green" blog about the announcement regarding a U.S.-EU agreement to combat illegal fishing on the high seas quotes Pew Environment Group Managing Director Josh Reichert.

June 17, 2011

Fixing Our Broken Oceans

A joint op-ed co-authored by Josh Reichert, Managing Director of The Pew Environment Group, and Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, on the exploitation of the world's oceans.

June 9, 2011

Biting Into Demon Fish: A Chat With Juliet Eilperin

An NPR interview with Washington Post reporter Juliet Eilperin, who relied on information provided by the Pew Global Shark Conservation Campaign to write her new book, Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks.

May 18, 2011

Pew Hails New Push Toward Passage of Wilderness Conservation Measures

The Pew Campaign for America’s Wilderness commended the Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests for holding a hearing on legislation to protect nearly 90,000 acres of wilderness in western Washington State, central and coastal Oregon and northern New Mexico.

May 16, 2011

Scientists Say Obama’s Forest Rules Leave Water, Wildlife at Risk

More than 400 scientists, lawmakers and the nation’s top conservation leaders today asked the Obama administration to set clear standards for water and wildlife protection in sweeping new rules that would apply to 193 million acres of national forest lands.

March 24, 2011

Granholm Joins Pew Charitable Trusts As Energy Adviser

A Detroit News article on Governor Granholm's announcement to join Pew as a senior advisor on clean energy quotes Joshua Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group.

March 23, 2011

Governor Granholm Joins Pew to Champion Clean Energy Policy

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm will serve as a senior advisor in the Pew Charitable Trusts' efforts to promote clean energy policies that create jobs, stimulate innovation, spur investment and enhance America’s competitiveness in the global clean energy race.

February 16, 2011

Early Halt to Japanese Whaling Could Mark Permanent End to Hunt in Antarctic Waters

A statement by Josh Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, in response to the announcement of the withdrawal of the Japanese whaling fleet from the Southern Ocean one month before it normally heads home

January 14, 2011

Applying Lessons from the BP Disaster to the Arctic

A letter to the editor from Joshua Reichert of the Pew Environment Group about using the lessons from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill to inform decisions about drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

November 8, 2010

New Report on Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Exposes Fraud, Cheating

Joshua S. Reichert, Managing Director of the Pew Environment Group, issued a statement following the release of a new report from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that exposes how fraud and intentional misreporting throughout the supply chain for Atlantic bluefin tuna have contributed to a thriving black market.   

September 23, 2010

Code Blue

An article from Time magazine on the Sargasso Sea features a quote from Josh Reichert of the Pew Environment Group.

September 22, 2010

Honduras and Palau Challenge the World to Save Sharks

Honduras and Palau, two countries that have stopped shark fishing in their waters, are urging the rest of the world to conserve the world’s dwindling shark populations or run the risk of losing the ocean’s top predator and throwing the marine food chain out of balance.

June 14, 2010

The Gulf Oil Spill and the Coastal Jobs Creation Act: Pew’s Action Plan

The April 20 explosion and fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform killed 11 workers and unleashed a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Beyond the immediate human tragedy, this disaster has imperiled the ecosystem along the U.S. Gulf Coast and impacted residents who depend on a healthy Gulf.

May 11, 2010

Pew Calls for Halt on New Oil Drilling Until Better Standards Are in Place

Joshua Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to this week’s Congressional hearings on the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

March 3, 2010

Pew Applauds the Obama Administration for Backing Global Trade Prohibition of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, Urges International Support

Ground-breaking CITES meeting will focus on marine wildlife, including eight species of sharks.

March 3, 2010

Pew Announces 2010 Recipients of Distinguished Marine Conservation Fellowship

From shellfish to seabirds, Fellows will help ocean wildlife and habitats throughout the world.

November 30, 2009

The Pew Charitable Trusts Announces Environmental Partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

The Pew Charitable Trusts today announced a partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to support its conservation work.

November 25, 2009

Not Safe in the Water

When Peter Benchley wrote "Jaws," when Steven Spielberg turned it into a film more than 34 years ago, and when those of us who acted in it helped create the first summer blockbuster, nobody imagined the unintended consequences that would follow.

October 14, 2009

Will President Obama Protect the Bluefin Tuna?

An article from ABC News about a proposal to give greater protection for Atlantic bluefin tuna.

October 14, 2009

Pew Laments Lack of U.S. Leadership to Protect Atlantic Bluefin Tuna at CITES

Joshua Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, today issued the following statement on the United States’ failure to co-sponsor a proposal for consideration by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora that would protect Atlantic bluefin tuna.

October 9, 2009

Protect the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

The Obama administration has indicated that when it comes to international agreements, it's giving high priority to arms control, human rights, law enforcement, investment and maritime law. With respect to the environment, it has listed climate change, plant genetic resources and persistent organic pollutants, among other issues.

September 18, 2009

Obama Task Force Calls for National Ocean Council

An Associated Press article that discusses upcoming Obama administration plans for managing the nation's oceans and the Great Lakes.

September 17, 2009

Pew Applauds Presidential Task Force Recommendations on National Ocean Policy

Science-based policies set the course for conservation of dwindling marine resources.

July 14, 2009

Former Senator John Warner and the Pew Environment Group to Highlight Link Between National Security, Energy and Climate

The Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate will bring together science and military policy experts to examine new strategies for combating climate change, protecting our national security, increasing our energy independence and preserving our nation’s natural resources.

June 25, 2009

Pew Will Push Shark Conservation at World Fisheries Meeting

The Pew Environment Group today called for stronger shark conservation measures worldwide as a new report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies 35 out of 64 known pelagic shark and related ray species around the world as threatened or near threatened with extinction.

June 12, 2009

Pew Applauds President Obama's Oceans Policy Directive

Joshua Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in response to a significant new direction in ocean management announced by President Barack Obama today.

May 14, 2009

Pew’s Reichert Talks to Anglers

Sport Fishing magazine interviewed Joshua Reichert, Managing Director of the Pew Environment Group, on issues of concern to anglers and the larger recreational-fishing community.

February 16, 2009

Protecting the Arctic Marine Ecosystem

An op-ed by Joshua Reichert, published in the Boston Globe, on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council's major first step to protect the Arctic from the onslaught of global climate change.

January 6, 2009

Bush Creates 3 More Marine Preserves in Pacific

NPR's "Morning Edition" spoke with Josh Reichert of the Pew Environment Group about President Bush's plans to create three vast new marine national monuments in the Pacific Ocean.

September 10, 2008

Proposed Coral Sea Conservation Initiative Would Create World’s Largest No-Take Marine Park

Alliance of Diverse Interests Seeks To Protect At-Risk Ocean Ecosystems, Historical Treasure

September 2, 2008

Oceans: Our Finite, Fragile and Valuable Resources

An op-ed by Joshua Reichert and Terry Garcia, published in the Saipan Tribune, on the White House's announcement that another group of sites in U.S. waters will be assessed for possible protection as marine monuments or sanctuaries.

August 25, 2008

Statement of Joshua S. Reichert, Pew Environment Group, on Potential New Marine Monuments

Joshua S. Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in response to President Bush’s announcement today of three new areas in U.S. ocean waters that will be assessed for possible protection as marine sanctuaries or monuments.

July 8, 2008

Statement of Joshua Reichert, Pew Environment Group, on the Shark Conservation Act of 2008

The House of Representatives passed a bill that will strengthen protections for sharks, many species of which have fallen to less than 95 percent of their historic levels.

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