Kate Bonzon

Vice President, Oceans


Areas of expertise:
Oceans Program, renewing fisheries

Kate leads a talented and interdisciplinary team of scientists, economists, researchers, and fishery management experts to develop durable solutions that reverse overfishing and restore the world’s oceans to abundance. She oversees EDF’s cutting-edge research on fishing rights and has developed numerous tools to advance them, including the first step-by-step guide for designing and implementing fishing rights programs, the Catch Share Design Manual; the most comprehensive global database of fishing rights programs; and an interactive learning game.

Kate regularly presents on fisheries issues around the world and has trained hundreds of individuals on how to design and implement fishing rights programs that result in more fish in the sea, more food on plates and more prosperous communities. Prior to her work on fishing rights, 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.

Kate holds an M.S. in Earth Systems with a focus in Marine Conservation from Stanford University and she was a Kinship Conservation Fellow in 2003. In her free time, Kate can be found hiking, exploring beaches and frequenting farmer’s markets.


  • M.S., Earth Systems (focus in Marine Conservation), Stanford University
  • B.A., Human Biology (focus in Global Environmental Ethics), Stanford University