Blake Ratcliff

Research Associate

Environmental Security

Blake L. Ratcliff is a Research Associate with the Environmental Security Program at the Stimson Center. His research focuses on the intersection between illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, marine management, and seafood traceability. Prior to joining Stimson, he served as the U.S. Acquisitions Editor for international law and national security law at Oxford University Press, where he commissioned award-winning academic and trade books on international law, national security, transnational challenges, foreign affairs, and environmental issues. He has also clerked at the Environmental Protection Agency, where he conducted research to support U.S.-China environmental engagement, and at Connecticut Fund for the Environment, where he provided legal support to the successful opposition to an LNG regasification unit in the Long Island Sound. He has completed a Title VIII Embassy Policy Specialist fellowship that explored the barriers to expanding renewable energy in Azerbaijan. Ratcliff holds a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, where he concentrated on sustainable development and international security, a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and an AB in Russian Area Studies from Dartmouth College.


Protecting ocean assets and promoting transparency across the global fishing industry to safeguard the economic, health and food security of the billions of people who depend on our oceans.

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Stop Illegal and Mislabeled Fish from Entering U.S. Markets

Improving implementation of the Seafood Import Monitoring Program would combat the negative food, economic, and international security impact of IUU fishing

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