Timothy Fitzgerald

Senior Director, Oceans Climate Strategies


Areas of expertise:
Oceans Program, chemical safety, renewing fisheries, sustainable seafood

Tim Fitzgerald leads EDF’s global programs on sustainable fisheries investment, seafood markets and multilateral engagement, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the intersection of ocean conservation and public health. He has been featured in Forbes, Time, National Geographic, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and NPR’s Fresh Air.

Tim serves on the advisory boards of the Sustainable Ocean Fund, Fair Trade USA, Ecofish LLC (a sustainable seafood distributor) and was the co-creator of GulfWild® — a first of its kind seafood assurance brand. His research has been published in numerous academic journals, and he also offered invited testimony on seafood safety to former President Obama’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Tim earned degrees in zoology and biology from the University of Hawai’i and Duke University, respectively.


Tim earned an M.S. in Zoology from the University of Hawai’i and a B.S. in Biology from Duke University. His gradate research focused on the behavioral ecology and sensory physiology of tropical sharks, appearing on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and National Geographic Explorer. He is a frequent speaker on oceans conservation and public health issues, and has been featured in the Wall Street JournalNew York Times, and NPR’s Fresh Air, in addition to being invited to testify to the President’s Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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