Gretchen Bath Martin

Senior Conservation Manager

Areas of expertise: Oceans Program, catch shares


Gretchen Bath Martin joined Environmental Defense Fund in 2011, after spending 12 years as an ecologist and research fishery biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As Senior Conservation Manager for EDF, she manages the day-to-day operations of our work in the South Atlantic, advancing incentive-based fisheries management programs for commercial and recreational fishing in the region.

Gretchen works directly with marine stakeholders, including fishermen, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and others to end overfishing through development of regional catch share programs.

She conducts a variety of outreach activities to educate and engage fishermen directly into the fishery management process. She also performs research and analysis on regional fisheries issues to aid in development of catch shares and other meaningful fisheries management reforms in the region.


Gretchen Bath Martin began working with EDF in the fall of 2011 as a fishery policy specialist and was soon promoted to Senior Conservation Manager because of her invaluable experience in fishery management both from the science and policy arenas.

Gretchen worked for 12 years at the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research in Beaufort, North Carolina. During that time she was asked to serve as the Senior Policy Advisor on Fisheries to the Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Ocean and Atmosphere in Washington, D.C.


  • Ph.D. in Ecology from Old Dominion University in 2003,
  • Masters in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University in 1996,
  • Bachelors of Science in Biology with chemistry minor from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN in 1993.


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