Brad Warren grew up picking mussels off the rocks for picnics with his family and listening to his grandparents’ bittersweet recollections of fishing and home-canning Columbia River salmon. “A lot of those mussel beds are gone now,” he recalls. “And by the time I was a kid, dams had wiped out most of the salmon my grandparents loved. I guess you could say we found out why habitat matters.”
After 25 years as a fisheries journalist and consultant, in 2007 Brad founded the Global Ocean Health Program, the joint ocean-acidification (OA) initiative of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and the National Fisheries Conservation Center. The program helps seafood producers, resource-dependent communities and scientists to understand OA, document is consequences, and protect fishery resources and ecosystems.
Brad proposed and served on Washington State’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification in 2012, the first initiative to confront OA by any state. The Washington effort has helped to spur similar initiatives in other states, expanding public investment and capacity for OA research, monitoring, adaptation, and pollution reduction. Brad was appointed in 2013 to the newly formed Ocean Acidification International Reference User Group, an advisory body to multilateral agencies addressing OA.
Warren began working as a journalist covering fisheries and natural resource management in 1980. Among other publications, he was a correspondent and editor for National Fisherman from 1981 to 1996, and later became editor and publisher of Pacific Fishing (1996-2004). He has served as an advisor and consultant on resource management to the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization, and for industry, tribal, and conservation groups.