Director, Catch Shares Design Center
Areas of expertise: Oceans Program, renewing fisheries
Kate Bonzon is a leader on designing fisheries management approaches that deliver results. Collaborating with policymakers, fishermen, fishery managers, practitioners and other industry stakeholders, she is a leading pioneer in the development and design of catch shares worldwide. She oversees EDF’s cutting-edge research on catch shares and has developed numerous tools to advance catch shares including the first step-by-step guide for designing and implementing catch shares, the Catch Share Design Manual; the most comprehensive global database of catch shares; and an interactive learning game. She regularly presents on fisheries issues around the world and has trained hundreds of individuals on how to design and implement catch shares to meet their goals. Prior to her work on catch shares, she helped conceptualize, design, and capitalize the California Fisheries Fund which gives West Coast fishermen low-interest loans to facilitate their transition to sustainable fishing practices.
- M.S., Earth Systems (focus in Marine Conservation), Stanford University
- B.A., Human Biology (focus in Global Environmental Ethics), Stanford University