Peter Baker directs Pew’s marine conservation work in the New England region of the United States. He leads efforts to establish science-based annual catch limits, strong monitoring programs, and accountability in fisheries that serve as food for larger fish and marine mammals.
Before joining Pew, Baker was campaign director of the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association. His responsibilities included campaign design and implementation, educating government officials, media relations, and public speaking. In his five-year tenure, he developed the first fishery in New England to work under firm catch limits with the Georges Bank Hook Sector, a fishermen-run, community-based harvesting co-op. He also defeated efforts to change the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to allow allocation of fish quotas to onshore processors. Earlier, Baker held positions with the Sierra Club in North Carolina and Vermont, and was field director for the Citizen Labor and Energy Coalition.