Jake Kritzer

Interim Senior Director, China Fisheries


Areas of expertise:
Oceans Programs, catch shares, renewing fisheries

Jake Kritzer has deep expertise in fisheries science and policy, especially their intersection. In particular, he is the only representative of an environmental organization to have served on a Scientific and Statistical Committee advising a regional fishery management council in the United States, including four years as its Chair. As one of EDF’s most senior marine scientists, he has contributed to work across the globe, including fishery reform initiatives in the U.S., Cuba, Chile, Europe, and elsewhere.

As Senior Director for China Fisheries, Jake is now active in building technical and management capacity, growing diverse partnerships, conducting collaborative research, and developing policy advice for the world’s most important fishing nation. He is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, and senior editor of the milestone book Marine Metapopulations. Over his career, Jake’s research has had strong focus on spatial dimensions of marine ecology and management, and his recent research has a growing emphasis on the effects of climate change on fisheries sustainability. He holds adjunct professor appointments at the University of Maine and the University of Massachusetts. Prior to joining EDF in 2004, Jake graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont, U.S.A. with a B.A. in Biology, earned a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from James Cook University in Australia, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Windsor in Canada. Jake lives in New Hampshire with his wife, Brooke, and his energetic and adorable daughter, Rosa.


  • Board of Directors, Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation (2018-present)
  • Durham, NH Conservation Commission (2017-present)
  • Boston Conservation Commission (2013-2016)
  • Board of Directors, Alewife Harvesters of Maine (2010-2016)
  • New England Fishery Management Council Scientific and Statistical Committee (2008-2016; Vice Chair 2011-2012; Chair 2013-2016)
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Habitat Committee (2007-2016; Vice Chair 2013-2016)
  • Post-doctoral fellow, University of Windsor, Ontario (2001-2004)
  • Ph.D., Marine Biology, James Cook University, Australia (2001)
  • B.A., Biology, Middlebury College, Vermont (1995)


Jake is the author of several scientific papers, as well as senior editor of the book Marine Metapopulations.