Grant Recipient: Environmental Defense Fund
Project Support: Fisheries Restoration
Term: 2010 – 2013
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is a leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 700,000 members. Since 1967, EDF has linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society’s most urgent environmental problems. The organization is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are access to clean air and water, healthy and nourishing food, and flourishing ecosystems. Guided by science, EDF evaluates environmental problems and works to create and advocate solutions that win lasting political, economic and social support because they are nonpartisan, cost-efficient and fair. EDF believes that a sustainable environment will require economic and social systems that are equitable and just. EDF affirms their commitment to the environmental rights of the poor and people of color. As an American organization, EDF will always pay special attention to American environmental problems and to America’s role in both causing and solving global environmental problems.
The goal of the Environmental Defense Fund Oceans Program is to create sustainable and healthy fisheries and to protect ocean ecosystems. The core of their overall strategy is to align fishermen’s incentives with the health of the ocean in the United States and globally, and to protect essential habitats to increase the productivity of fisheries. The Oceans team helps restore fisheries to abundance and protect important places in the ocean.
Areas of Focus:
– Make catch shares management the standard for U.S. fisheries
– Give consumers the tools to select healthy, eco-friendly seafood
– Protect important ocean habitat
Diane Regas is Associate Vice President for Programs at Environmental Defense fund where she is responsible for providing overall vision, strategy and leadership for new program development. Diane also leads a diverse team of 50 scientists, advocates and other experts as Vice President of EDF’s Oceans program. Since Diane joined EDF in 2006, the oceans team has played a key role in several important victories, which includes making the case for reforming fisheries management in the Unites States and Mexico; protecting one of the largest ocean areas in history—more than 195,000 square miles—bigger than the state of California; and providing financing to help fishermen adapt to new management regimes. Recently, Diane was appointed to the Join Initiative Leadership Council of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, a group focused on meaningful ocean policy reform. In 2009, Glamour Magazine recognized Diane as one of the “women who are changing the world,” and Working Mother magazine listed Diane in 2010 as one of 10 Most Powerful Green Moms.
Amanda Leland is Associate Vice President for Oceans. She is responsible for leading a diverse team of 50 scientists, lawyers, and advocates for healthy and abundant oceans. She focuses on strategies to transform resource management to achieve productive and profitable fisheries in the US. Since joining EDF in 2004, Amanda has played a key role in winning new policies and laws that promote healthy fisheries and oceans; securing new marine national monuments in the Pacific Ocean that comprise one of the world’s largest protected areas; and developing new partnerships with NGOs, academics, industry representatives, and others to advance practical solutions.