Ben Freitas

Manager, Ocean Policy

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Ben Freitas is the manager of ocean policy with WWF. His work focuses on fisheries governance, and efforts to combat overfishing and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, prevent the trade in illegal fish and wildlife, and promote transparency in the fisheries sector. Prior to joining WWF, Ben was a science fellow with the NGO Oceana, where he worked to advance efforts to address bycatch in US fisheries, establish shark conservation measures in the US, and to eliminate capacity enhancing fishing subsidies through a new global agreement at the World Trade Organization. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s from Brown University. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he is based in Washington, DC.

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  •  MA, Brown University
  •  BS, University of Virginia

Areas of Expertise

  • Fisheries governance and management
  • Transparency and corruption in natural resource management
  • Trade in illegal fish