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Sharon Young

Marine Issues Field Director

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Regina Asmutis-Silvia

Sharon Young is Marine Issues Field Director for The HSUS, specializing in protecting marine mammals and other marine life in the U.S.

Her areas of expertise include interactions between marine mammals and fisheries, lethal predator control of marine mammals, and other human-related causes of death and injury of marine mammals in the U.S. She also advises on human impacts to sharks and marine turtles.

Young is currently a member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and is on the Board of Directors of the Right Whale Consortium. 

She has testified before congressional committees on issues related to the Marine Mammal Protection Act. She is appointed to all extant federal task forces addressing mortality of whales, dolphins, porpoises, and seals in commercial fisheries in the U.S., and is appointed to marine mammal recovery teams under the ESA and to independent scientific review panels for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service. She also serves on a task force consulted on lethal predator control of sea lions at the Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River.

Before joining the HSUS, Young was involved in field research in the U.S. and Canada and co-authored a number of publications focusing on feeding and foraging ecology of whales and the conservation of endangered marine mammals.

She has served as adjunct faculty in the Boston University Marine Program and the Tufts University graduate school of Animals and Public Policy.

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