Daniel Schaeffer leads Pew’s work on maritime security and military engagement by addressing illegal fishing where it intersects with other maritime crimes. He also focuses on identifying better ways to enforce laws intended to stop illegal fishing.
Before joining Pew, Schaeffer served in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he reached the rank of commander and led the service’s fisheries and marine protected enforcement program. Schaeffer’s Coast Guard experience spanned the full range of fisheries enforcement efforts, including operational planning and oversight, policy development, intergovernmental cooperation, drafting of regulations, and boarding vessels. He worked on international fisheries enforcement and took part in multilateral meetings and treaty negotiations.
Schaeffer holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a master’s in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island’s College of Environment and Life Sciences, and a professional diploma from the U.S. Naval War College.