Sally Yozell

Senior Fellow and Director

Environmental Security

Sally Yozell is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Environmental Security program at the Stimson Center. Yozell’s research examines the suite of environmental threats that have the potential to undermine national, regional, or global security. Her work focuses on ocean security, climate security and wildlife protection.

Yozell leads a team of experts who explore the links between natural resources protection, environmental crime and global security issues to develop security strategies that combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, thwart illicit wildlife networks and increase transparency and traceability throughout the seafood supply chain. She also devises innovative resiliency strategies to address climate and ocean risk, particularly in coastal cities. Since 2017 Yozell has served in an advisory role to the host governments for the annual global Our Ocean Conference. She and her team conduct research and take it to action by engaging civil society, governments and the private sector.

Prior to joining Stimson, Yozell was a Senior Advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry where she provided advice and technical expertise to advance U.S. policies in the international arena related to ocean, climate, and wildlife protection. She joined the State Department to support and manage the Our Ocean Conferences in 2014 and 2016 where her efforts helped steward many of the far-reaching outcomes resulting in conservation commitments and investments at the time totaling over $9.2 billion and 9.9 million sq. km of marine protected areas, including the expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands, and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monuments, as well as the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean.

While at the State Department Yozell led government wide efforts to combat IUU fishing, including initiating a global seafood traceability program, working to successfully ratify the Port State Measures Agreement Treaty. She also designed policies with partners in the G-7 countries to reduce marine litter, and was instrumental in the global strategy that successfully created the world’s largest marine protected area in Antarctica’s Ross Sea.

Previously, Yozell served as Director of Policy and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She also worked as a Regional Director for Marine Conservation at The Nature Conservancy; was a Vice President in the applied marine science group at Battelle Memorial Institute; and worked for almost a decade in the U.S. Senate as an environment and energy advisor to Senator John Kerry.

Yozell holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.

Projects

Researching and designing solutions to combat the illegal trafficking, and the unsustainable trade of wildlife and natural resources

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.

The Climate and Ocean Risk Vulnerability Index is a tool designed to help combat the impact of climate change by prioritizing action to reduce risk and build resilience

Research & Writing
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Report
A Qualitative Assessment of SIMP Implementation in Four Countries

Overview The Walton Family Foundation (WFF) commissioned the Stimson Center to assess the impact and effectiveness of the US Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) implementation in four seafood-producing countries: Chile, Peru, Mexico, and Indonesia…

Project Note
Stimson Center holds workshop to expand CORVI Project to Asia Pacific

The Environmental Security Program and Sasakawa Peace Foundation led a workshop with project partners in Tokyo to expand the Climate and Ocean Risk Vulnerability Index to Fiji, Bangladesh, and the Philippines

Press Release
NDAA Takes Action to Combat Illicit Fishing Industry’s Security Threats, Includes Six Stimson Recommendations

For Immediate Release December 11, 2019 Contact Caiti Goodman 202.478.3437 or [email protected]   NDAA Takes Action to Combat Illicit Fishing Industry’s Security Threats, Includes Six Stimson Recommendations  NDAA Incorporates Maritime…

Project Note
Environmental Security News This Week

FEATURED NEWS Mineral Resources of the Seafloor: Deep Sea Mining in Marae Moana Positioned off the coast of the Cook Islands, Marae Moana is one of the largest marine protected areas (MPA) in the world. A relatively new MPA, Marae Moana has had a conte…

Press Release
Report Reveals Impact of Massive Fishing Fleets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2019 Contact: Caiti Goodman [email protected] 202-478-3437   Report Reveals Impact of Massive Fishing Fleets Five countries responsible for 90 percent of Distant Water Fishing (DWF) Recommendations would in…

Report
Shining a Light: The Need for Transparency across Distant Water Fishing

Commercial fishing is big business, with a complex global seafood supply chain and over 56 million people working on vessels to support it. In the past several decades distant water fishing (DWF) has expanded its size and reach across the ocean and aro…

Press Release
New Tool Measures Climate Risk for Coastal Cities

“CORVI” measures cities’ financial, political, and ecological risk from climate change Comprehensive assessment empowers policymakers to target investments in resilience Announcement keynoted by former Secretary of State John Kerry OSLO — Today…

Report
The Climate and Ocean Risk Vulnerability Index (CORVI)

The Climate and Ocean Risk Vulnerability Index (CORVI) quantifies diverse climate and oceans risks at the city level. The objective of CORVI is to drive investment towards issues of greatest risk, and provide a tool for decision makers to help them prioritize necessary action to mitigate these risks.

Press Release
Yozell: Action Needed to Respond to Ocean Impact of Climate Change

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2019 Contact: Caiti Goodman, 202.478.3437 (O), 202.361.0254 (C), [email protected] Yozell: Action Needed to Respond to Ocean Impact of Climate Change New IPCC Climate Report highlights ocean and climate risks…

Project Note
NYT Journalist Ian Urbina Launches New Oceans Book, Hosted by Stimson’s Environmental Security Program

Photo: Director of the Environmental Security Program Sally Yozell with author Ian Urbina, and Senator Chris Coons.   On September 18, the Stimson Center’s Environmental Security Program, in partnership with the Ocean Caucus Foundation, hosted a d…

Resource
Environmental Security News This Week

FEATURED NEWS EU lifts Taiwan’s IUU Fishing “Yellow Card,” Forms Joint Task Force On June 30th, the European Union lifted its “yellow card” warning on Taiwan, recognizing Taiwan’s three and a half years of reforms to combat IUU fishing. Taiwan and the…

Press Release
Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on Illicit Fishing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 27, 2019  Contact:  Caiti Goodman, 202.478.3437 (O), 202.361.0254 (C), [email protected]  Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on Illicit Fishing   Maritime Security and…

Press Release
Stimson Center Environmental Security Program Director participates in Capital Hill Ocean Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  06/05/2019 Contact: Caiti Goodman, [email protected], 202.478.3437 Stimson Center Environmental Security Program Director participates in Capital Hill Ocean Week Yesterday, Sally Yozell, Senior Fellow and Director of…

Press Release
STATEMENT: New Biodiversity Report Highlights Climate Change Effects on Global Fisheries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 7, 2019 Contact: Caiti Goodman, 202.478.3437 (O), 202.361.0254 (C), [email protected] New Biodiversity Report Highlights Climate Change Effects on Global Fisheries Yesterday, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platfor…

Press Release
New Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on Illicit Fishing, Trade – Follows Recommendations from Stimson Center report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 2, 2019 Contact: Caiti Goodman, 202.478.3437 (O), 202.361.0254 (C), [email protected] New Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on Illicit Fishing, Trade Follows Recommendations from Stimson Center report Today, Senators Roger…

Stimson in the News
Amanda Shaver Quoted on Indonesia’s Tuna Production

From Kyoto to Kansas City, it’s Indonesian tuna on the world’s sushi counters [by Meaghan Tobin] Read full article here. 

Stimson in the News
Amanda Shaver Quoted on Policing to Restore Indonesia’s Fisheries

Tough policing is restoring Indonesia’s fisheries [by Nithin Coca] Read full article here.

Impact
Encouraging Action to Tackle Ocean Security Threats

Bringing global leaders together to construct tangible actions and solutions to protect the world’s ocean.

Commentary
China Must Join the War on Illegal Fishing

Although more than a billion people rely on the oceans for food, today the vast majority of fishing grounds are under threat from both large-scale illegal and unregulated fishing and the pressures that climate change puts on already depleted fish popul…

Stimson in the News
Op-Ed by Sally Yozell on Our Ocean Conference and China’s Absence

Article Title: China Must Join the War on Illegal Fishing: Beijing’s no-show at the recent Our Ocean Conference was a missed opportunity for it to be part of the solution. Read more here.

Remarks
Predicting the Coastal Impacts of Climate Change Congressional Briefing

On November 14, Sally Yozell, Director of Stimson’s Environmental Security Program, spoke at a Congressional Briefing hosted by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) on predicting the coastal impacts of climate change. Ms Yozell hi…

Press Release
70 Countries, 100s of NGOs, Pledge New Action to Protect Oceans: Billions in Commitments Show Continued Support of Ocean Conservation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Caiti Goodman, [email protected], 202-478-3437 Washington, DC – At the fifth annual Our Oceans Conference, held this year in Bali, Indonesia, leaders representing more than 70 countries and over 200 non-govern…

Stimson in the News
Exclusive ODP Our Ocean Interview: Sally Yozell, Stimson Center Director of Environmental Security program

Exclusive ODP Our Ocean Interview: Sally Yozell, Senior Fellow and Director, Environmental Security, The Stimson Center Sally has been at the center of every Our Ocean Conference since they began in 2014.  The fifth annual conference gets underway…

Press Release
Stimson Center Co-hosts Reception with Indonesian Embassy, Ocean Conservancy

On September 13, the Stimson Center was proud to co-host a reception with the Indonesian Embassy to the United States and the Ocean Conservancy in celebration of International Coastal Cleanup Day and the Our Ocean Conference. In October, the Government…

Press Release
Senate Finds IUU Fishing Valued at Tens of Billions:

Legislation Proposes Whole of Government Approach to Combat IUU   For Immediate Release Contact: Audel Shokohzadeh, [email protected], 202-478-3419 August 28, 2018   Washington, DC – To combat the growing threat from Illegal, Unrepo…

Press Statement
Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order and the Future of Ocean Security

Washington, DC— On June 19, President Trump signed an executive order that dissolved the National Ocean Policy which was established in July 2010. Sally Yozell, Director of the Stimson Center’s Environmental Security Program, releases the following sta…

Press Release
Stimson Center and XL Catlin working to manage ocean risks to vulnerable coastal communities

For Immediate Release May 9, 2018 Contact: Audel Shokohzadeh,[email protected], 202.478.3419 Patricia Roy, [email protected], +34 696 905 907 For insurance industry enquiries, Carol Parker Trott, [email protected], +1…

Commentary
US Must Help Curb Illegal Fishing, Terrorism, Piracy, Drug Sales

Illegal fishing. Yes, Fishing. This growing international problem is a key factor in geopolitical tensions in the South China Sea, piracy off the Horn of Africa, and the deadly narco-trade across Latin America. Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU)…

Interactive
Interactive Report: Casting A Wider Net

  The world’s fisheries are on the brink of collapse. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO) estimates that nearly 90 percent are fully exploited or overexploited and depleted, while demand for seafood continues to inc…

Press Release
Department of Defense, U.S. National Security Community Caught off Guard by Growing Illegal Fishing Threat

For Immediate Release Contact: Jim Baird, [email protected]; 202.478.3413 The Department of Defense and U.S. national security community have not appropriately prioritized addressing the growing threat posed by illegal, unreported, unregulated (IU…

Report
Casting a Wider Net: The Security Implications of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

The world’s fisheries are on the brink of collapse. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO) estimates that nearly 90 percent are fully exploited or overexploited and depleted, while demand for seafood continues to increase….

Report
Civil-Military Cooperation to Combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing: A Summary of the September 2017 National Maritime Interagency Advisory Group Meeting

In September 2017, the Stimson Center, the U.S. National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO), National Geographic, and the Waitt Foundation hosted a meeting of 100 experts on illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Attendees rep…

Stimson in the News
Op-ed by Sally Yozel, Brian Eyler, and Steen Christensen on Conserving SE Asia’s Seas

With a maritime territory three times the size of its landmass, the region is one of the world’s most bountiful and diverse maritime areas. The 10 Asean countries account for a quarter of the world’s fish production, and 20 million people depend on the…

Stimson in the News
Op-Ed by Sally Yozell, Brian Eyler, and Steen Christensen on Conserving SE Asia’s Seas

The United Nations’ call to conserve and sustainably develop the oceans, as one of its Sustainable Development Goals, perhaps resonates most with Southeast Asia than in any other part of the world. With a maritime territory three times the size of its…

Stimson in the News
Op-Ed by Sally Yozell, Brian Eyler, and Steen Christensen on Conserving SE Asia’s Seas

The United Nations’ call to conserve and sustainably develop the oceans perhaps resonates most with Southeast Asia than in any other part of the world. With a maritime territory three times the size of its landmass, the region is one of the world’s mos…

Stimson in the News
Stimson’s “Climate, Conflict, & Refugees” event cited in New Security Beat

“There’s a long list of crises that can have a natural resource base,” said Anne C. Richard, former assistant secretary of state for population, refugees, and migration, at a Stimson Center panel on June 13, 2017, on the impacts of climate ch…

Stimson in the News
Sally Yozell’s op-ed in The Cipher Brief on conflict minerals

Terrorism, political corruption, and human rights violations in sub-Saharan Africa are like any other business: management identifies and provides a needed product or service to willing buyers, thereby generating profits and reinvesting them. Read the…

Stimson in the News
Sally Yozell quoted in Voice of America on Overfishing

A high school dropout turned seafood entrepreneur is leading Indonesia’s crackdown on illegal fishing, winning plaudits from conservationists and awards as far away as Washington despite her explosive methods. -snip- “The visuals and press that comes f…

Stimson in the News
Sally Yozell quoted in Voice of America on Alaska and the Arctic Council

The foreign ministers of the eight Arctic Council nations will meet to discuss climate change this week, amid news last month that temperatures in the pristine region are warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. -snip- Many environmental exp…

Commentary
Natural Security Series: Global Security and Illegal Fishing in Somalia

On March 13, desperate Somali fishermen hijacked the tanker Aris-13 off the coast of Puntland, in the northeast part of the country. This was the first such incident in almost five years – raising concerns over a return to piracy in the Horn…

Commentary
Sally Yozell’s Op-ed in Cipher Brief on Illegal Fishing in Somalia

On March 13, desperate Somali fishermen hijacked the tanker Aris-13 off the coast of Puntland, in the northeast part of the country. This was the first such incident in almost five years – raising concerns over a return to piracy in the Horn…

Stimson in the News
Sally Yozell’s Op-Ed in The Cipher Brief on Fishing in Somalia

On March 13, desperate Somali fishermen hijacked the tanker Aris-13 off the coast of Puntland, in the northeast part of the country. This was the first such incident in almost five years – raising concerns over a return to piracy in the Horn…

Announcement
Sally Yozell Joins Stimson as Senior Associate

The Stimson Center announced today that Sally Yozell has been appointed as a Senior Associate and Director of the Environmental Security program. Yozell will join Stimson on April 1 and lead the Center’s work examining the impact of environmental crime…