Josh Madeira, Federal Policy Manager

Areas of expertise: Ocean Conservation Policy, Fisheries Issues

Josh Madeira works within Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Ocean Conservation Policy team. He formulates policy positions, provides strategic guidance and builds partnerships to advance the aquarium’s ocean conservation mission, with a focus on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the United States and internationally.

He works closely with the aquarium’s Conservation and Research staff to develop science-based conservation strategies and policies, including several species that are under threat, such as Pacific bluefin tuna, sharks and southern sea otters.

Before joining the aquarium, Josh led government outreach and advised U.S. ocean conservation campaigns for the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C. Prior to Pew, he served as a fellow on the House Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Josh is a native of New England, loves the coast of Maine and has logged thousands of miles at sea amongst various roles at marine and educational non-profit organizations, including as co-captain of a 32,000-mile sailing circumnavigation.

He received his master’s degree with a specialization in coastal and marine resource management from the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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