Christopher Mann joined Pew in 2007 and leads projects to develop science-based, precautionary standards for marine aquaculture and to advance federal legislation, implementing recommendations of the Pew Oceans Commission for ecosystem-based management of U.S. ocean waters.
Mann has more than 20 years of experience in marine policy and science. Before joining Pew, he was executive director of the Marine Aquaculture Task Force, a project of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with support from Pew and the Lenfest Foundation. The task force brought together leaders in aquaculture, conservation, marine science and policy to recommend national standards for sustainable aquaculture in U.S. marine waters.
He also oversaw the Pew Oceans Commission’s work on ocean governance and coastal development. He has managed legislative affairs on international environmental and economic issues at the State Department and has worked for the House of Representatives on marine resources conservation and management for the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries and the Committee on Natural Resources.
Mann holds a bachelor’s degree in ecology from the University of Illinois and attended the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, where he studied marine zooplankton ecology and behavior.
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