Kate Wing is a program officer in the Marine Conservation Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. During her eight years with the Natural Resources Defense Council, she focused on the creation of marine protected areas, developed state legislative and budget conservation priorities, and participated in the development of several fishery management plans.

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Five years ago, 220 scientists from around the world signed a statement calling for marine managers to shift to an ecosystem-based approach. Such an approach would seek to protect “ecosystem structure, functioning and key processes,” recognize the interconnectedness of human and marine systems, and be place-based rather than driven by …

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