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Rebecca Goldburg

Director, Ocean Science
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Rebecca Goldburg joined Pew in 2008 as director of Pew’s Ocean Science Division, focusing on support for marine conservation research, including the Lenfest Ocean Program, the Sea Around Us project and the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation.

Before joining Pew, Goldburg was a senior scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a national nonprofit research and advocacy organization, where she worked for 20 years. There, she focused on scientific and public policy issues of fish farming, especially the massive use of wild caught fish in feed for farmed fish. At EDF, Goldburg also worked to increase market demand for more sustainably produced seafood through partnerships with several major corporate purchasers of seafood. She served on the Marine Aquaculture Task Force established by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and The Pew Charitable Trusts, which released recommendations on U.S. aquaculture policy in 2007. Goldburg also co-authored the Pew Oceans Commission’s report on marine aquaculture.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in statistics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in statistics and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Minnesota.

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September 14, 2010

Fishing Could Feed 20 Million More if Better Managed: Study

AFP reports on the findings of a report about global fisheries that was sponsored by the Pew Environment Group.

September 8, 2009

Stanford Study: Half of the Fish Consumed Globally is Now Raised on Farms

Aquaculture, once a fledgling industry, now accounts for 50 percent of the fish consumed globally, according to a new report by an international team of researchers.

July 31, 2009

Statement on the Hilborn-Worm Study on Rebuilding Global Fisheries Published in 'Science'

Rebecca Goldburg, director of Marine Science at the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement in response to a paper published in the journal Science.

July 31, 2009

Fish Dinners Not So Endangered: Collapse of Fisheries Less Likely, But Fight's Not Over Yet

An Associated Press article about improvements in the outlook for overfished seafood.

January 8, 2007

Marine Aquaculture Task Force Suggests Regulating Aquaculture

Marine Aquaculture Task Force suggests clear guidelines on aquaculture practices.

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