Matt and his Shark Campaign team at PEW Charitable Trusts get a massive amount of work done for sharks, much of it unknown to the general public. They operate on a completely different level than most NGOs can even dream of attempting, driving the development of large scale shark sanctuaries around the world and assisting with international policy through the grand Forums such as ICCAT, WSPFC, CITES and the United Nations.
Matt is constantly traveling around the world on behalf of sharks. Trying to get a meeting with him is about as difficult as hooking up with the pope, but when you actually do get a chance to sit with him, you are struck by the calm and genuine energy that he directs towards anything that has to do with shark conservation. It is immediately evident that he values all the work that is done by individuals and groups around the world, and that the only reason he isn’t there to work with each one of them is the fact that he has “bigger fish to fry” (pun intended).
He doesn’t really seem to care to boast about his achievements, however, that humbleness hides the fact that he goes to battle for sharks, on the international stage, on an everyday basis.
I have asked him how it feels when other people take credit for his work and his answer was simply - “Well, as long as the job gets done and it helps the sharks, it doesn’t matter”.
Matt discussing US Shark Conservation Act