Mike Sutton

Michael SuttonMarine lawyer
Sustainable fisheries advocate

Mike is Vice President of the Monterey Bay Aquarium where he directs the Center for the Future of the Oceans. He received a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Utah State University in 1978 and pursued graduate studies in marine biology at the University of Sydney, Australia. In 1992, he received a law degree in international and natural resources law from George Washington University’s National Law Center in Washington, D.C. In 2007, and again in 2009, he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as a Member of the California Fish and Game Commission. Sutton also serves as summer faculty at the Vermont Law School, where he teaches ocean & coastal law. He recently co-authored a book, “Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy,” published by the American Bar Association, and has lectured at graduate seminars on ocean conservation at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Tufts, George Washington University, and the University of Rhode Island. Previously, Sutton helped establish ocean conservation programs at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund, where he founded the Marine Stewardship Council. He currently serves as Chairman of the Wild Salmon Center and a Board member of LightHawk, Ocean Champions, and the Sea Change Investment Fund.

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