Mark Young supports Pew’s international fisheries project by leading the campaign’s work on enforcement analytics, compliance, and technology. Young—relying on his extensive experience in marine resource management and fisheries monitoring, control, and surveillance is helping to drive transshipment reform by providing greater transparency and understanding of fishing vessel behavior. He works closely with external organizations, including the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, to advocate for and implement policies aimed at stopping illegal fishing.
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 a significant contributor to the development of the first fisheries-focused bilateral “shiprider” agreements between the United States and six Pacific island countries. These cooperative enforcement mechanisms allowed fisheries officers from the island nations to embark Coast Guard cutters, thereby extending their official authority and jurisdiction when conducting joint boardings of fishing vessels.
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.