Environmental Initiatives

Amanda Nickson

Director, Global Tuna Conservation, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Amanda Nickson

Email: anickson@pewtrusts.org

Washington, D.C.

Amanda Nickson joined Pew in 2010 to lead advocacy efforts with regional fisheries management organizations, the international bodies that govern the treaties regulating commercial fishing on the high seas. Nickson’s work addresses the overfishing of sharks, tuna and other valuable marine species in international waters and helps to conserve these increasingly vulnerable species and protect the ocean environment.

Before joining Pew, Nickson worked for World Wildlife Fund for nearly 12 years, most recently directing international efforts to protect threatened charismatic species, including tigers, pandas and marine turtles. Nickson also developed and led WWF’s Bycatch Initiative, a major policy and field program aimed at reducing the incidental catch of non-target species in fisheries in more than 20 countries throughout the world.

News Room

  • How Much Will the Last Pacific Bluefin Tuna Cost?

    • Jan. 5, 2014
    • OtherResource

    A single 230-kilogram (507-pound) Pacific bluefin tuna sold in Tokyo on Jan. 5 for approximately $70,000 (7.36 million yen). The price—and the pomp and circumstance that surrounds the much-anticipated first auction of the new year—overshadows the reality that this species is sliding toward extinction and begs the question: How much will we pay for the last Pacific bluefin tuna?


  • Pew Responds to Cadrin et. al Regarding Pew Fact Sheet on 'The Best Available Science on Western Atlantic Bluefin Tuna'

    • Jul. 16, 2013
    • OtherResource

    Pew responds to Cadrin et. al regarding "The Best Available Science on Western Atlantic Bluefin Tuna." More

  • The Best Available Science on Western Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

    • Jun. 18, 2013
    • FactSheet

    The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, or ICCAT, is preparing to overhaul and improve its Atlantic bluefin tuna stock assessment in 2015. For this process, it is critical that only the best available science be used to produce an accurate picture of the health of the bluefin population. More

  • MSC Sustainable Certification for PNA Tuna a Historic Date, PNA Director Says

    • Jan. 9, 2012
    • MediaCoverage

    (PNA Tuna) January 2012 is historic for the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) and for our Pacific region. In gaining a globally recognized eco-label, that of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the PNA fulfils its aspiration of being the world’s largest sustainable tuna purse seine fishery.


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