The Blue Planet Strategies team has local, national, and international expertise in Ocean Law, Science, Policy, Campaign Strategy, and Organizational Development. We have worked with people all over the world, and built relationships with colleagues that enable us to expand our reach, access knowledge, and enter into partnerships that help us find solutions to the complex challenges facing our world’s oceans.
Co-Founder Roger Fleming is an ocean law attorney with 20 years of experience in strategic litigation, administrative law, and legislative practice. He combines this legal expertise with nearly as many years in campaign strategy and policy development. Prior to co-founding Blue Planet Strategies, he worked at Earthjustice, Conservation Law Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also taught at the University of Maine School of Law’s Center for Ocean and Coastal Law, and worked as a senior policy analyst in the New York State Assembly. He has successfully litigated cases and worked on campaigns on behalf of commercial and recreational fishermen, local eNGO and watershed groups, and some of the nation’s largest eNGOs.
These efforts have helped protect thousands of square miles of ocean and coastal marine habitat, establish sustainable commercial fisheries, protect threatened and endangered wildlife, and preserve working ocean waterfronts. Some examples of this work include:
- Establishing and defending the Atlantic Ocean’s first National Marine Monument (the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument),
- Establishing the first catch limits for the New England groundfish fishery,
- Establishing the first ecosystem-based catch limits for Atlantic herring and other East Coast forage fish,
- Reopening the St. Croix River in Maine and Canada to river herring,
- Establishing conservation-based reforms of the aquaculture industry,
- Strengthening our nation’s primary fishing law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and
- Establishing fishermen co-operatives and local management organizations.
Co-Founder Zack Klyver is a scientist with thirty-year’s experience as a whale watch naturalist, marine mammal observer, and researcher. Zack has forged longstanding positive relationships with many scientific, fishery, and conservation organizations all over the world, and received appointments to [THE GULF OF MAINE 2050 Council] and the Northeast Right Whale Consortium’s Communications Committee, and the New England Fisheries Management Council’s advisory panel for Atlantic Herring. Some of his successes include:
- Establishing a “purse seine/fixed gear only” zone in the Gulf of Maine to protect Atlantic herring resource from overfishing by an industrial-scale fleet of midwater trawl ships,
- Establishing and serving as a party to the litigation that has successfully defended the Atlantic Ocean’s first National Marine Monument (the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument),
- Educating state and federal lawmakers on ocean resource matters, including by addressing the Senate Oceans Caucus in Washington DC on the importance of ocean observing systems to monitoring ocean health,
- Organizing numerous workshops, meetings and conferences, including the December 2019 World Marine Mammal Conference workshop on the “Effects of climate change on marine mammals,” and
- Organizing “Whale Watch Naturalists for Conservation,” which established a greater voice for conservation in the Northeast for whale watch naturalists.