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Program Leadership

As a fundamentally collaborative effort, the program is guided by the MREP West steering committee, consisting of members from across the fishery community, scientists, managers, and educators. MREP West is administered by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and delivered by the program planning team, which handles all aspects of program facilitation and communications.

  • Ashton Harp, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
  • Bob Dooley, Commercial fisherman, Half Moon Bay, CA
  • Brad Pettinger, Oregon Trawl Commission
  • Brent Paine, United Catcher Boats
  • Butch Smith, Coho Charters & Hotel
  • Chuck Tracy, Acting Executive Director, Pacific Fishery Management Council
  • Dan Wolford, Coastside Fishing Club
  • David Crabbe, Commercial Fisherman, Monterey, CA
  • Diane Pleschner-Steele, California Wetfish Producer’s Association
  • Dorothy Lowman, Chair, Pacific Fishery Management Council
  • Doug Laughlin, F/V Bobby G, Moss Beach, CA
  • Frank Lockhart, Senior Policy Advisor, NOAA Fisheries
  • Heather Mann, Midwater Trawlers Cooperative
  • Jennifer Gilden, Pacific Fishery Management Council
  • Jim Anderson, F/V Allaine, Redwood City, CA
  • John Halloway, Co-Chair, Recreational Fishing Alliance Pacific Chapter
  • Kate Kauer, The Nature Conservancy Monterey
  • Liz Hamilton, Northwest Sportfishing Association
  • Louis Zimm, Sportfish Shearwater/San Diego Yacht Club Anglers
  • Maggie Sommer, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Mary Beth Nickell-Tooley, O’Hara Corporation
  • Mike Burner, Pacific Fishery Management Council
  • Mike Okoniewski, Pacific Seafood
  • Sarah Nayani, Arctic Storm Management Group
  • Scott McMullen, Oregon Fishermen’s Cable Commission
  • Shems Jud, Pacific Regional Director, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Sherry Flumerfelt, Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust
  • Steve Joner, Makah Fisheries Management
  • Susan Chambers, West Seafood Processors Association
  • Tim Klassen, Charter boat operator, Eureka, CA
  • Tom Dempsey, Senior Fisheries Project Director, The Nature Conservancy Monterey Bay
  • Tom Marking, Recreational fisherman
  • Wayne Heikkila, Western Fishboat Owners' Association
  • Alexa Dayton, Formerly of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute
  • Lauren O’Brien, Gulf of Maine Research Institute | MREP Project Manager
  • Leah MacNichol, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, MREP Program Assistant

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