Jill Hepp is a senior officer with Pew's Global Shark Conservation campaign. She has also served as campaign director. She joined Pew in 2009 as a manager. Her efforts helped to establish the shark sanctuary announced by Maldives in 2010. Hepp also spearheads Pew’s policy efforts on shark conservation at international meetings, including the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.
Before joining Pew, Hepp researched international fisheries management and wildlife trade for TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, where she also coordinated a U.S. State Department grant to improve the enforcement capacity of CITES to reduce illegal wildlife trade in Central America. She also worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she researched the transfer to Latin America of the Sea Grant program, which facilitates awareness of the roles of applied research and outreach in marine conservation.
Hepp, a Peace Corps alumna, holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in conservation biology and sustainable development from the University of Maryland.
(Reuters) Sharks swimming free in the oceans may soon become more valuable as tourist attractions than when caught, sliced up and served in soup, a global study showed on Friday. More
On Thursday, April 19, the Pew Environment Group, Australian Institute of Marine Science, the University of Western Australia and the Coral Reef Alliance will host a media phone briefing about a new report that points to shark-dive tourism as a multi-million dollar industry and major economic driver in Fiji. More
(Associated Press) The Bahamas banned commercial fishing of sharks Tuesday, awarding protection to the more than 40 species circling the island chain that touts itself as the shark diving capital of the world. More
(The Washington Post) The Bahamas announced Tuesday morning it would end all commercial shark fishing in its waters, an area that encompasses more than 240,000 square miles. More