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Christopher Mann

Director, Environment
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Christopher Mann joined Pew in 2007 and leads projects to develop science-based, precautionary standards for marine aquaculture and to advance federal legislation, implementing recommendations of the Pew Oceans Commission for ecosystem-based management of U.S. ocean waters.

Mann has more than 20 years of experience in marine policy and science. Before joining Pew, he was executive director of the Marine Aquaculture Task Force, a project of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with support from Pew and the Lenfest Foundation. The task force brought together leaders in aquaculture, conservation, marine science and policy to recommend national standards for sustainable aquaculture in U.S. marine waters.

He also oversaw the Pew Oceans Commission’s work on ocean governance and coastal development. He has managed legislative affairs on international environmental and economic issues at the State Department and has worked for the House of Representatives on marine resources conservation and management for the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries and the Committee on Natural Resources.

Mann holds a bachelor’s degree in ecology from the University of Illinois and attended the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, where he studied marine zooplankton ecology and behavior.

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March 14, 2012

Pew Commends U.S. Senate for Taking Action to Help Restore Gulf of Mexico

Christopher Mann, director of the Pew Environment Group’s Campaign for Healthy Oceans, issued the following statement in response to U.S. Senate passage of legislation that would help fund environmental restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

June 3, 2010

Would Federal Intervention in Oil Disaster Make U.S. Liable?

Anyone who broke the law in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster will be prosecuted, but will doing so end up causing more harm than good?

May 6, 2010

Oil Spill in Louisiana

An article from The Irish Times about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill features a quote from Christopher Mann of the Pew Environment Group.

May 4, 2010

Concerns Up and Down the Food Chain

The New York Times looks at the potential impact of the oil spill on the Gulf coast and shoreline habitat, including the Breton National Wildlife Refuge.

April 30, 2010

Deepwater Horizon: Conservationists Warn of 'True Catastrophe' for Wildlife

An article from The Guardian about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico includes a comment from the Pew Environment Group's Chris Mann.

April 30, 2010

Wildlife in Peril as Slick Nears Gulf Coast

Coverage of the Gulf oil spill by the Wall Street Journal features a comment from Chris Mann of the Pew Environment Group.

December 17, 2009

Pew Statement on New Offshore Aquaculture Bill

Christopher Mann, senior officer at the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in response to legislation introduced late last night by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), H.R. 4363, establishing a regulatory framework for offshore aquaculture.

December 15, 2009

Pew Commends Presidential Task Force on Guidelines for National Ocean Policy Implementation

Christopher Mann, senior officer at the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in response to proposed planning guidelines from President Obama’s interagency Ocean Policy Task Force.

September 17, 2009

Testimony of Christopher G. Mann to the House Committee on Natural Resources

Testimony of Christopher G. Mann, senior officer, Pew Environment Group, before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources regarding H.R. 3534, the Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2009.

September 17, 2009

Obama’s Ocean Task Force Releases Report

Sweeping changes could affect the United States' management of oceans, including offshore energy development.

September 3, 2009

Pew Statement on Open-Ocean Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico

Christopher Mann, senior officer at the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in response to NOAA’s approval of a plan to authorize industrial-scale aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico.

September 3, 2009

Rules Guiding Fish Farming in the Gulf Are Readied

An article from The New York Times about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's anouncement that it would draft a national policy on fish farming in federal waters.

June 18, 2009

Testimony of Christopher G. Mann to the House Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife

Text of the testimony of Christopher G. Mann to the House Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife.

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