Scott Highleyman joined Pew in 2009 to direct the International Arctic Program. Highleyman oversees non–U.S. Arctic marine campaigns that promote science and community-based conservation of the Arctic Ocean and the welfare of indigenous residents who rely on this ecosystem.
Highleyman has led conservation initiatives in Alaska and Canada for 25 years. He was the first executive director of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, working with coastal communities, Alaska Natives and small-boat commercial fishermen toward sustainable management of U.S. North Pacific fisheries. He also served as staff attorney for Trustees for Alaska, executive director of the Alaska Environmental Lobby and congressional lobbyist for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. As founder of Wildhavens Consulting, Highleyman specialized in community-based and cross-border conservation projects, providing advice to the Canadian Boreal Initiative, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, The Pew Charitable Trusts and many other organizations.
Highleyman holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Williams College and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School at Madison.
(Postmedia News) The federal government should consult with Inuit who live in the High Arctic before finalizing the boundaries of a National Marine Conservation Area around Lancaster Sound — the ecologically rich stretch of Arctic waters north of Baffin Island — says a report released Wednesday by a regional Inuit group. More
(Globe and Mail) The federal energy regulator is easing a controversial regulation that oil companies say would prevent exploration in the ice-plagued Arctic offshore, but is promising to impose a high bar for environmental protection before it permits drilling. More
(Wall Street Journal) Canada's national energy regulator released rules for offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean Thursday, clearing the way for energy companies to begin operations there if they meet safety requirements. More
(New York Times) Rounding the northernmost tip of Russia in his oceangoing tugboat this summer, Capt. Vladimir V. Bozanov saw plenty of walruses, some pods of beluga whales and in the distance a few icebergs. More
(Reuters) Canada should strengthen its capability to handle Arctic oil spills before it allows deepwater drilling in its Arctic waters and it should continue to insist on stringent relief-well requirements, a study released on Friday said.