As a driver behind PEWS shark conservation program Matt has been a genuine force for good, in fact he's been more of a Tour de Force.
Name one successful shark campaign over the past few years and somewhere in that mix was the long hand of PEW lead by Matt and his team. Great stuff.
Matt is off on "other adventures" and PEW has lost one of the finest examples of their organizations conservation leadership. Here was a guy who was more than a policy wonk, a front line conservationist who strove for conservation metrics vs conservation hysteria in his programs.
The kind of conservation programs that can be put in place today, ones that can measure success on a year to year basis vs emotional programs that look good to the media, but ultimately fail to translate in a meaningful way to the animals we all care about.
It's a real conservation distinction and one that Matt during his short tenure at PEW championed.
Matt and his team managed in a very short time to leave the world a better place.
The conservation community wishes Matt the very best, waiting in anticipation for Matt Rand 2.0
Good hunting on your next adventures sir, wherever they may lead you!
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