Keeping It Local: Safe and Sustainable Fishing Practices
1:25 p.m. Sunday, October 1, 2017

Moderator: Mike Schaadt
Director, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Mike Schaadt provides organizational leadership and years of experience in marine biology and informal marine science education as Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Director. Mike has been at CMA for 28 years, the last 11 as Aquarium Director. He has a keen interest in finding novel ways to motivate people to learn more about the oceans and make personal choices that lead to healthier ocean environments. Mike received his MS in Biology and his BS in Marine Biology from California State University, Long Beach.

Taylor Debevec
Fishery Policy Analyst (Contractor), National Marine Fisheries Service

Taylor Debevec is a contractor with Ocean Associates working for the National Marine Fisheries Service on international tuna management. In this role she helps develop U.S. positions for negotiations at the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission and implements resulting agreements domestically. Prior to finding that management was the perfect place for a jack-of-all trades, Taylor performed scientific research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, stakeholder coordination in the Galapagos spiny lobster fishery, and marine science field education in Orange County and South Carolina. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UC San Diego and a Master of Environmental Science and Management degree from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara.

Ben Hyman
Captain and Founder of Wild Local Seafood Co.

Captain Ben Hyman has been a commercial fisherman in California for 21 years. He fishes for many species, including cod, tuna, halibut, yellowtail, sea bass, ground fish, and troll California king salmon. A third generation University of California alum, he obtained a teaching certificate and he continues to work with UCSB Environmental Studies interns each quarter to further his goals of educating the public about seafood sustainability and ocean conservation. He is the founder of Wild Local Seafood Co., a company that sells both his own sustainably caught seafood and seafood sourced from other local sustainable fishermen at farmers’ markets in Southern California and to over 100 wholesale accounts. In 2016 he opened the state’s first only sustainable seafood processing facility and sustainable seafood market in Ventura Harbor.

Christina Boerger Salles
Marine Biologist, U.S. Navy

Christiana Boerger Salles is currently a Marine Biologist for the U.S. Navy where she is responsible for managing marine resources, leading research projects, and acts as a subject matter expert for fish, marine mammals and sea turtles in San Diego, CA. Prior, she was a fish biologist with Algalita Marine Research Foundation, conducting extensive research on the ingestion of plastic by fish collected in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre and coastal California waters. Christiana is also an avid proponent of marine science education and has dedicated her efforts to developing programs and teaching at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Ocean Discovery Institute , USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. As a surfer, diver and fisherman, she is a devoted advocate of all ocean wildlife along with a passion to eliminate marine debris. Christiana received her undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii, Hilo in Marine Science and her Master of Science degree from California State University, Northridge in Biology, with a focus on Fish Ecology.  

Kelly Sayce
Co-Founder and Principal, Strategic Earth

Kelly Sayce is a principal and co-founder of Strategic Earth Consulting, with over fifteen years of experience formulating and implementing effective outreach and engagement strategies. Kelly has designed and managed a variety of community engagement and public relations programs for business, government, and non-profit organizations. She has facilitated public involvement and outreach programs, collaborative processes, and policy dialogues on environmental decisions related to coastal resources, water, and energy. Kelly holds a B.Sc. in biology and environmental science from Trent University, Canada and a Masters of Applied Studies in marine biodiversity and conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Kelly has received a professional certification in “Negotiating Effective Environmental Agreements” and was a recipient of the 2010 Innovation in Technology Award from the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

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