Mark Young supports Pew’s work to end illegal fishing and leads campaign efforts related to enforcement, compliance, and technology. With extensive experience in marine resource management and fisheries monitoring, control, and surveillance, he has served as team leader in collaborations with Satellite Applications Catapult on the development of the Oversea Ocean Monitor tool as a primary component of the Project Eyes on the Seas initiative.
Previously, Young directed fisheries operations for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, where he focused on enhancing international fisheries compliance and enforcement. He was also a commander and chief of enforcement for the U.S. Coast Guard in the western and central Pacific Ocean. While in the Coast Guard, Young was also a significant contributor in the development of the first fisheries-focused “shiprider” agreements between the U.S. and six Pacific island countries.
Young holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Hawaii Pacific University and a master’s in marine affairs from the University of Washington.