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Expertise: Ocean policy

Michael Conathan is the director of Ocean Policy at American Progress. His work focuses on driving progressive solutions to the multitude of problems facing the world’s oceans. Prior to joining American Progress, Mike spent five years staffing the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard—initially serving a one-year appointment as a Dean John Knauss Marine Policy Fellow before joining the committee full-time as a professional staff member in 2007. In that capacity Mike worked primarily for Subcommittee Ranking Member Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), as well as the Ranking Members of the full committee, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). He oversaw enactment of multiple key pieces of ocean legislation, including the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act, the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observing Act, the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act, and the Shark Conservation Act.

A native Cape Codder, Mike received a master’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island in 2005 and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Georgetown University.

By Michael Conathan
New Offshore Drilling Legislation Is Big Oil’s Dream Come TrueCenter for American ProgressOctober 10, 2017
Big Oil Could Benefit Most from Review of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts MonumentCenter for American ProgressJuly 25, 2017
Trump’s War on OceansCenter for American ProgressJune 8, 2017
Scott Pruitt’s Lack of Action on Climate Change Puts Fishermen in Hot WaterCenter for American ProgressApril 27, 2017
The Conscientious Consumer’s Guide to Fighting Seafood SlaveryCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2017
Key Questions for Rex Tillerson on Energy and Environmental PolicyCenter for American ProgressJanuary 9, 2017
Another View: Pruitt at EPA would be an environmental disasterPortland Press HeraldJanuary 8, 2017
More Offshore Arctic Drilling: Just Say NoMorning ConsultNovember 7, 2016
America’s Blueprint for Sustainable FisheriesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 14, 2016
The Future of Seafood Security: The Fight Against Illegal Fishing and Seafood FraudCenter for American ProgressJune 8, 2016
Bringing America’s ‘Best Idea’ to Our OceansCenter for American ProgressJune 7, 2016
Bishop’s Brand of Public Lands Bashing Won’t Fly in MaineThe Huffington PostMay 31, 2016
The True Value of BP’s $18.7 Billion SettlementCenter for American ProgressJuly 30, 2015
Where Will BP’s $18.7 Billion Deepwater Horizon Settlement Go?Center for American ProgressJuly 30, 2015
Developing a Blue Economy in China and the United StatesCenter for American ProgressMay 13, 2015
From Risk to Resilience: Preparing U.S. Coasts for Climate ChangeCenter for American ProgressApril 30, 2015
Tracking Seafood From Bait to PlateCenter for American ProgressMarch 23, 2015
Drilling in the Arctic or the Atlantic? It Could Be All of the AboveCenter for American ProgressFebruary 13, 2015
Fishermen’s Views of a Changing OceanCenter for American ProgressJanuary 15, 2015
Fighting Fraudulent FishingCenter for American ProgressOctober 9, 2014
Protecting the Natural Treasures of America’s Remote Pacific IslandsCenter for American ProgressAugust 8, 2014
Helping the Arctic Council Find Its True NorthCenter for American ProgressApril 24, 2014
The Economic Benefits of Restoring Coastal EcosystemsCenter for American ProgressApril 9, 2014
The Economic Case for Restoring Coastal EcosystemsCenter for American ProgressApril 9, 2014
The Top 5 Challenges Facing the New NOAA AdministratorCenter for American ProgressMarch 6, 2014
Who Wants to Bring Back Overfishing?Center for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2014
The Science Is In: Pebble Mine Does Not Belong in the Bristol Bay WatershedCenter for American ProgressJanuary 16, 2014
Establish the National Endowment for the OceansCenter for American ProgressNovember 19, 2013
Protecting the Taxpayer’s Share of Natural Resource Revenues on Public Lands and OceansCenter for American ProgressNovember 8, 2013
We can’t let Russia screw up plans for a huge marine reserveGristOctober 30, 2013
Fukushima Fallout Not Affecting U.S.-Caught FishCenter for American ProgressSeptember 11, 2013
Fishing or Mining: Alaska’s Bristol Bay Region Debates Its FutureCenter for American ProgressSeptember 3, 2013
A Fishery Going to the DogsCenter for American ProgressAugust 12, 2013
Top 10 Ways the House of Representatives’ Environmental Spending Bill Would Ruin Your SummerCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2013
Russia Blocks Bid to Establish Massive Antarctic Marine ReservesCenter for American ProgressJuly 18, 2013
Mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay Region Threatens a Sustainable EconomyCenter for American ProgressJune 27, 2013
What President Obama’s Climate Plan Means for the OceanCenter for American ProgressJune 26, 2013
Rockets Top Submarines: Space Exploration Dollars Dwarf Ocean SpendingCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2013
The Offshore Energy and Jobs ActCenter for American ProgressJune 6, 2013
A ‘Day of Reckoning’ for the New England GroundfisheryCenter for American ProgressMay 3, 2013
An Ocean Champion in the White HouseCenter for American ProgressApril 26, 2013
Top 5 Ocean Priorities for the New Secretary of StateCenter for American ProgressMarch 29, 2013
The Dollars and Science of Fishery ManagementCenter for American ProgressMarch 29, 2013
Making the Economic Case for Offshore WindCenter for American ProgressFebruary 28, 2013
10 Ways the Sequester Will Expose Americans to Greater Health Risks and Other PerilsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 22, 2013
Filling the Sails of Offshore Wind EnergyCenter for American ProgressJanuary 31, 2013
As the Music Stops for Sandy Funding, NOAA Left Without a ChairCenter for American ProgressJanuary 25, 2013
Rescue the Coast GuardThe Baltimore SunJanuary 11, 2013
7 Ways that Looming Budget Cuts to Public Lands and Oceans Will Affect All AmericansCenter for American ProgressDecember 6, 2012
Oceans ’13: The Post-Election Future of Ocean PolicyCenter for American ProgressNovember 16, 2012
Hurricane Sandy, Climate Change, and the Future of FishCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2012
Omega 3s vs. Mercury—Is Seafood Good for You?Center for American ProgressOctober 5, 2012
Counting Fish 101Center for American ProgressSeptember 27, 2012
Innovations to Increase and Stabilize Fishing ProfitsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 21, 2012
Time for New England to Hit the ‘Reset’ ButtonCenter for American ProgressAugust 31, 2012
Video: The Risks of Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic OceanCenter for American ProgressAugust 19, 2012
Caution vs. Recklessness in the ArcticCenter for American ProgressAugust 10, 2012
The Hidden Cost of Cheap LobsterCenter for American ProgressJuly 20, 2012
Cape Wind Project and Fishermen Seal a DealCenter for American ProgressJune 29, 2012
The Foundations of a Blue EconomyCenter for American ProgressJune 27, 2012
RESTORE Act Would Boost Gulf Coast FisheriesCenter for American ProgressJune 15, 2012
Conservatives Disregard Traditional Allies to Oppose the Law of the SeaCenter for American ProgressJune 12, 2012
Long-Term Fishery Investments Starting to Pay OffCenter for American ProgressMay 25, 2012
The Ethics of SeafoodCenter for American ProgressMay 11, 2012
The Future of America’s First FisheryCenter for American ProgressMay 1, 2012
Sustaining Seafood SustainabilityCenter for American ProgressApril 27, 2012
The Lasting Impact of Deepwater HorizonCenter for American ProgressApril 19, 2012
Sensible Ocean Policy Falling Victim to Political GamesCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2012
Sustaining the ‘Wicked Tuna’Center for American ProgressMarch 30, 2012
Balancing Socioeconomic Needs with Our Ocean and Coastal SpaceCenter for American ProgressMarch 8, 2012
Lamenting the Loss of an Ocean ChampionCenter for American ProgressMarch 2, 2012
More Drilling Won’t Lower Gas PricesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 29, 2012
The Uncertain Science of FisheriesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 10, 2012
Putting a Freeze on Arctic Ocean DrillingCenter for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2012
What Obama’s Government Reform Proposal Means for Our OceansCenter for American ProgressJanuary 23, 2012
Encouraging Investment Is Key to U.S. Offshore Wind DevelopmentCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2012
The Top 5 Fish Stories of 2011Center for American ProgressDecember 16, 2011
Defining a Fishery DisasterCenter for American ProgressNovember 18, 2011
10 Tips on Sustainable SushiCenter for American ProgressOctober 28, 2011
National Ocean Policy: A Path to America’s Ocean FutureCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2011
Optimism for New England’s GroundfisheryCenter for American ProgressSeptember 30, 2011
For Healthy, Sustainable Fish: Buy AmericanCenter for American ProgressSeptember 9, 2011
The Newest Redlist Species: Commercial FishermenCenter for American ProgressAugust 26, 2011
What I Did on My Summer VacationCenter for American ProgressAugust 12, 2011
The (Nonsensical) Politics of Fisheries FundingCenter for American ProgressJuly 15, 2011
Twelve Million Lines in the WaterCenter for American ProgressJuly 1, 2011
Dealing with the Aquaculture DilemmaCenter for American ProgressJune 17, 2011
The International Politics of Bluefin TunaCenter for American ProgressJune 3, 2011
Clean Energy from America’s OceansCenter for American ProgressJune 1, 2011
Sustainable Supermarket SweepCenter for American ProgressMay 20, 2011
Fish Schticks: A Tour of Fast Food FishCenter for American ProgressMay 6, 2011
A Federal Restriction that Shouldn’t “Catch” onCenter for American ProgressApril 22, 2011
Gulf Coast Recovery After the BP Oil SpillCenter for American ProgressApril 20, 2011
The Gulf One Year Later: Beyond Rhetoric?Center for American ProgressApril 19, 2011
Maximizing the Value of America’s FisheriesCenter for American ProgressApril 8, 2011
The End of Overfishing in AmericaCenter for American ProgressMarch 25, 2011
Waking from the GluttonyCenter for American ProgressMarch 11, 2011
Don’t Let BP Wriggle Off the HookCenter for American ProgressMarch 4, 2011
A Forecast for DisasterCenter for American ProgressFebruary 18, 2011