The “Improving Net Gains” report was prepared by the Fishing Data Innovation Taskforce, a coalition of experts from the commercial and recreational fishing sectors, seafood industry, conservation community and technology industry and was informed by interviews with former government officials, leaders in the fishing industry and others.

Fishing Data Innovation Taskforce Members

Stephanie Bailenson
Senior Policy Advisor for Oceans & Coasts
The Nature Conservancy

Rick Bellavance
Owner & Operator
Priority Charters

Chris Brown
Seafood Harvesters of America

Scott Burns
Principal Consultant
Council Fire

Mike Cahall
Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program

Michael Christopher
Managing Director
Elemental Methods

Garren Givens
Managing Director
Bulldog Innovation Group

Karl Haflinger
Sea State

Teresa Ish
Environment Program Officer
Walton Family Foundation

Kristine Johnson
Founder & Executive Director
Kingfisher Foundation

Dorothy Lowman
Lowman & Associates

Heather Ludemann
Program Officer
The David & Lucile Packard Foundation

Nancy Munro
Founder & President
Saltwater Inc

David Naffis
DKN Consulting

Rick Robins
Ocean Perfect Seafoods Inc

Matt Tinning
Senior Director, US Oceans
Environmental Defense Fund

Kate Wing
K W Consulting

Taskforce members also wish to acknowledge the contributions of Bill Karp, former Science and Research Director at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center; Erika Feller, Director of Marine and Coastal Conservation at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Eric Schwaab, Vice President of Conservation Programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; and the facilitation and guidance role of George Chmael and the entire Council Fire team.