Environmental Initiatives

Tony Long

Director, Ending Illegal Fishing Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Tony Long

Email: along@pewtrusts.org

Tony Long joined Pew as director of the Ending Illegal Fishing Project in October 2012 after 27 years in the British Royal Navy, where he reached the rank of commander. He most recently served on the First Sea Lord’s strategy team, providing executive- and ministerial-level defence planning and policy support to the head of the Navy, his executive board and government ministers. He also acted as the High North (Arctic) lead adviser, responsible for researching and understanding maritime security issues that arise from environmental changes in the Arctic region.

Long has commanded a mine-hunter (HMS Blyth) and a frigate (HMS Monmouth) and spent a great deal of time deployed at sea, including patrols in the North and South Atlantic, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and the Far East. He has taught at the UK Defence Academy and overseen the strategic alignment of the rules of engagement and use of force guidance for the U.S., NATO and EU commands.

Long is a proven leader and team builder. He has a thorough understanding of marine law enforcement, laws of the sea, high seas vessel traffic, port operations, maritime security, and global geopolitics.

He holds a master’s degree in defence studies from Kings College, London.

News Room


  • UN Body Closes Loophole in Fight Against Illegal Fishing

    • Dec. 4, 2013
    • OtherResource

    Under current fisheries laws in most of the world, a 100-ton fishing vessel can essentially “disappear” by completing basic paperwork. But a Nov. 26 move by the UN body responsible for global maritime safety could spell an end to that major regulatory gap. More

  • EU Takes Further Steps in Fight Against Illegal Fishing

    • Nov. 26, 2013
    • OtherResource

    In a sign that the European Union is serious about combatting illegal fishing, the European Commission on Nov. 26 formally proposed imposing trade sanctions and other penalties on three countries that have failed to take sufficient measures to fight illegal, unreported, and unregulated, or IUU, fishing activities. More

  • Antarctic Fishery First to Require ID Numbers for All Fishing Vessels

    • Nov. 1, 2013
    • OtherResource

    The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, or CCAMLR, took a major step Nov. 1 in battling illegal fishing by agreeing to require unique identification numbers on all vessels fishing in commission waters. More

  • A Guide to the Background and Implementation of the 2009 FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

    • Aug. 8, 2013
    • OtherResource

    This Circular was prepared as part of the ongoing activities of the FAO Policy, Economics and Institutions Service to support capacity development in FAO member countries. More

  • European Commission Exposes Countries that Aid Illegal Fishing

    • Nov. 15, 2012
    • PressRelease

    The Pew Environment Group commends the European Union for its latest effort to stop illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. On Nov. 15, the European Commission published for the first time a list of countries that are failing to sufficiently fight IUU fishing, per international law. More

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