Sherry has spent her career working with coastal communities to find the balance between environmental and economic sustainability. She helped launch the Trust in 2014, and was hired as the executive director soon after. Before this, Sherry spent eight years as an independent consultant, supporting clients including CATCH Alaska, Ecotrust, Point 97, the City of Monterey, the Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative. Between 1999 and 2007, Sherry was program manager for the Coral Reef Alliance, an international nonprofit organization, where she led the organization's Western Pacific programs. Among her accomplishments, she helped launch the California Fisheries Fund, a $5 million dollar revolving loan fund to support sustainable fisheries; helped Alaska's halibut charter sector design an innovative fisheries management program, which was adopted into legislation; increased the transparency and efficiency of tourist user fees at marine protected areas in Fiji, Micronesia, and Papua New Guinea; and raised and managed more than $2.5 million in grant funding. Sherry holds a Masters Degree in Anthropology and International Development from the University of Guelph in Canada.
Dwayne has several years of experience both in quota and permit management through his work with The Nature Conservancy and the Morro Bay Community Quota Fund. He is the founder of Ecological Assets Management, Inc. (a consulting firm based out of Los Osos, California), and has previously worked for Lisa Wise Consulting, the California Department of Fish and Game, California Army National Guard, and California Polytechnic State University participating in a wide variety of biological and environmental projects and programs. Dwayne has a Masters of Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
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David has been a commercial fisherman in California for thirty years and a resident of the Monterey Peninsula since 1968. Once a college baseball prospect, David started his career in the commercial fishing industry at the age of 17. Working on his friends uncle’s boat as a deckhand, and later managing a small fleet of boats, David was a quick study. He owns Buccaneer Fishing and holds a market squid light boat permit. David has been actively involved in shaping California fisheries management. He is currently serving his second term on the Pacific Fishery Management Council, holding the obligatory seat for California. He has demonstrated his commitment to the fishing industry both as a volunteer, fisherman, and as a private consultant. He worked with environmental organizations to organize and facilitate a crab steering committee to discuss commercial crab fishery management issues. For the past several years, he has represented Monterey commercial fishermen on the California Wetfish Producers Association Board of Directors and served one term as vice president and is a current board member. He served on the Central California regional stakeholder for the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process, the California Department of Fish & Game’s California Squid Advisory Board and the Fishery Advisory Board for the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.
Margaret is the Vice President of Conservation and Science and the Chief Conservation Officer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Margaret joined the Aquarium in 2013 to oversee its many conservation and science initiatives, including all ocean science policy work, the Seafood Watch sustainable seafood initiative and research programs involving sea otters, great white sharks, Pacific bluefin tuna and other species. She brings a wealth of experience to the position. Most recently, from 2009 to 2013, Margaret held top leadership roles at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, first as chief of staff and then as principal deputy under secretary for oceans and atmosphere. Prior to her tenure in the Obama Administration, Margaret led The Nature Conservancy's California coastal and marine program. From 1999 to 2007, she served on Capitol Hill as senior counsel, then general counsel, to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where she played a key role in advising members of Congress on ocean and climate issues and developing legislation on major science and policy topics. Margaret was appointed to the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council in March 2014. She is also a state appointee to the Board of Trustees of the California Ocean Science Trust, a nonprofit organization tasked with providing rigorous science to guide decisions about the future of California's coast and ocean. From 1992 to 1999, Margaret was an environmental attorney at Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Duke University Law School and Dartmouth College.
In 2017, Steve retired as the Harbormaster in Monterey, a position he held since 1995. Steve was also the Harbormaster in Santa Cruz between 1978 and 1995. Much respected by his peers, Scheiblauer has been closely involved with fisheries issue for 35 years. He is involved with a number of Boards and Committees including the Alliance of Communities for Sustainable Fisheries, the California Fisheries Coalition, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary's Marine Protected Area Work Group, and the Habitat Committee for the Pacific Fishery Management Council, among many others.
Bob Dooley started his commercial fishing career at the age of 11, out of Half Moon Bay, California. He helped pioneer the West Coast Whiting fishery as well as the Alaskan Pollock fishery in the early 1980s. His work includes formation of Co-op structures in Both West Coast Whiting Fishery and Bering Sea Pollock fishery, bycatch reduction programs in both fisheries as well as work on gear innovations to avoid bycatch. Bob was a charter board member of United Catcher Boats Association and served as President from 2009 through 2013. In this capacity, He has advocated for managing the West Coast trawl fishery with catch shares for years and has testified before United States Congress in support of the Catch Shares program and reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Act.
Monica is a faculty member in the Division of Science and Environmental Policy at California State University Monterey Bay, and in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She teaches Environmental Economics, Environmental Policy, and Geographic Information Systems. She received her Master of Science degree in Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy from CSUMB. Monica’s research is in the socioeconomics of commercial marine fisheries; she has worked with NOAA Fisheries, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and commercial fishermen on the Central Coast of California. She has presented research findings for the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, the North American Association of Fisheries Economists, and numerous scientific, community and educational organizations.
Melissa’s 15+ year fisheries research and policy career spans across academic, governmental, and non-profit sectors. She has performed a wide variety of research projects including age and growth studies of rockfish, seafood sustainability and markets, socio-economic analyses, and geo-spatial mapping. Early in her career, Melissa developed a fisheries education project for Monterey Bay area youth (now run by NOAA’s Sanctuary Program), and most recently co-produced a documentary film to tell the stories of California’s commercial fishermen (www.oftheseamovie.com). Melissa worked for The Nature Conservancy of CA, forming collaborative partnerships with fishermen to test new co-management techniques, market-based incentives, and monitoring technologies for improved fisheries management. Melissa currently works for Environmental Defense Fund, where she supports ongoing policy work in the West Coast Groundfish fishery, helping to secure durable conservation and economic outcomes for the 80+ vessels participating in the catch shares program implemented by NOAA Fisheries in 2011.