About

We are fishermen, business leaders, scientists, natural resource managers, technologists, ocean experts, conservationists, philanthropists, and a broad and growing collective of people and organizations that care deeply about the future of our oceans and the communities that depend upon them for their well being. We are bound together by an understanding that improving how we use information to plan and manage our vast ocean resources can have an outsized and immensely positive impact on their economic, social and ecological performance.

The NGA leadership team works in tandem with the Net Gains Advisory Panel, and a growing convening of industry, technology, management, policy and advocacy experts who jointly understand the importance of modern and robust information systems in supporting sustainable planning and management of ocean resources.

Advisory Panel:

Mike Cahall

Executive Director, Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program. Mike is an information systems management and fisheries data collection and dissemination expert.

William A. Karp, Ph.D.

Affiliate Professor, University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Bill is 30 year veteran of NOAA Fisheries.

Captain Rick Bellavance

Owner and Operator, Priority Fishing Charters. A lifelong resident of Rhode Island, Rick is the current President of the Rhode Island Party and Charter Boat Association and he was appointed in 2016 to represent Rhode Island on the New England Fisheries Management Council.

Captain Chris Brown

President, Seafood Harvesters of America, which represents 16 commercial fishing associations across the country.

Leigh Habegger

Executive Director, Seafood Harvesters of America, which represents 16 commercial fishing associations across the country.

Erika Feller

Director, Marine and Coastal Conservation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Erika works with both the public and private sectors to protect and restore our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats.

Gregg Waugh

Executive Director, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, which works to conserve and manage America’s recreational and commercial fisheries off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Eric Brazer

Deputy Director, Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance. Eric manages the largest organization of commercial snapper and grouper fishermen in the Gulf, and works to protect The Gulf’s fish and fishermen for today and for future generations.

Nancy Munro

Founder and President, Saltwater Inc., a recognized innovator in the use of new technology and electronic monitoring for fisheries and oceans data collection.

Lori Steele

Executive Director, the West Coast Seafood Processors Association, a trade association representing shore-based seafood processing companies throughout Oregon, Washington and California.

John Henderschedt

John is an experienced fisheries management expert and currently Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Phoenix Processor Limited Partnership.

Leadership Team:

George Chmael

CEO, Council Fire. George’s broad environmental and social development expertise incorporates a variety of areas including ocean planning, fisheries, water and air quality, community, land use, transportation planning, and energy policy. He has led a full spectrum of oceans and other natural resource management initiatives, working closely with the fishing and seafood industries, governments, nonprofits and other stakeholders around the world.

Dorothy Lowman

Dorothy is a nationally renowned fisheries management expert who has worked in a variety of capacities including nine years on the Pacific Fishery Management Council, three of which she served as chair, and continues as a US Commissioner to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. Dorothy has led many fisheries-related workshops including the first National Electronic Monitoring Workshop in 2014 and co-authored the Fisheries Monitoring Roadmap in 2013.

George Lapointe

George has more than 30 years of experience in marine fisheries and ocean policy, and is a globally respected expert in the management of natural resources and marine fisheries at local, state, regional, national, and international levels.

Kate Wing

Kate is an experienced oceans and fisheries management and technology expert, and founder of the databranch, a nonprofit making connections across the conservation and technology sectors for digital stewardship for a changing planet.

Scott Burns

Scott has extensive environmental expertise and has enjoyed an illustrious career in conservation spanning more than 30 years, covering a broad array of sectors, with a particular emphasis on fisheries management and fisheries finance.

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