Project

Improving Management of International Fisheries

Amanda Nickson

Director

Amanda Nickson directs Pew’s international fisheries work to conserve important marine species through science-based policy development and advocacy. Her focus includes reducing overfishing; minimizing the impact of destructive fishing gear; and eliminating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

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Rachel Hopkins

Senior manager

Rachel Hopkins leads Pew’s advocacy to improve the management of international fisheries by regional fisheries management organizations. This work includes helping to ensure the long-term health of tunas and other commercially important species while building the resilience of the marine ecosystem. 

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Jamie Gibbon

Manager

Jamie Gibbon leads Pew’s work to reform high seas longline fishing—which includes the management of global transshipment—and improve oversight of this important link in the fishery supply chain. He also focuses on efforts to modernize how fishing activities are observed, including the use of electronic monitoring and electronic reporting technologies. 

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Grantly Galland

Officer

Grantly Galland is an officer focusing on Pew’s advocacy to the regional fisheries management organizations throughout the world. This includes work to ensure the long-term sustainability of global fish stocks and the resilience of the marine environment. He previously helped lead Pew’s work on tuna conservation in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Glen Holmes

Officer

Glen Holmes is an officer in Pew’s International Fisheries program where he leads engagement in three of the world’s five tuna regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs):  the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and the Convention for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT).

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Macy Placide

Senior associate

Macy Placide is a senior associate with Pew’s international fisheries project, where she focuses on achieving the policy objectives of the campaign, including engagement with—and advocacy related to—the work of regional fisheries management organizations. She also works to help ensure the long-term health of tunas and other commercially important species while building the resilience of the marine ecosystem.

Before joining Pew, Placide led a species conservation campaign for Earth Day Network, an organization dedicated to building the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and the planet. She has nearly a decade of experience working with several conservation nonprofits and the U.S. Senate, where she focused on legislative issues and managing constituency relations.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a master’s in global environmental policy from American University, School of International Service.

Esther Wozniak

Principal associate

Esther Wozniak is a principal associate with Pew’s international fisheries project, working to reform high seas longline fishing by improving transshipment regulation and monitoring longline fisheries. She focuses on advocacy efforts within countries, with regional fisheries management organizations, and with United Nations agencies to ensure the sustainability of global fisheries. Wozniak previously worked on Pew’s global shark conservation project, leading efforts in the Pacific region to manage and conserve sharks and rays. She also successfully pushed for protections to regulate international trade of sharks and rays at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Before joining Pew, Wozniak worked on the intersection between ocean science and policy at the University of the South Pacific, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, where she provided conservation research support for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Wozniak holds a bachelor’s degree in marine science from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji.

Raiana McKinney

Associate

Raiana McKinney supports Pew’s international fisheries project, working to modernize oversight of longline and transshipment activities. McKinney worked on Pew’s effort to strengthen governance of global tuna fisheries; and, as a member of Pew’s global shark conservation project, she helped shark and ray populations gain international protections through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Before coming to Pew, McKinney worked for the Ocean Collectiv, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. She serves as a member of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative’s Define Best Practice and Inform Policy working group and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea’s Working Group on Technology Integration for Fishery-Dependent Data.

McKinney holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from New York University.