Our Board

About the NFCC Board

Designed for functionality and independence, the NFCC is a “virtual” organization, with a very small but agile staff. This approach allows it to engage some of the best and brightest researchers, experts, and problem solvers to work on individual projects as needed.

The organization is governed by an active and prominent Board of Directors whose members are recognized throughout the nation as experts in science, public interest advocacy, environmental policy, fisheries journalism, tribal, and industry perspectives. Together, they represent a wide range of diverse interests in fisheries, the effects of climate change on our oceans, and years of experience in the field.

Statement from Board:

Our mission is to ensure a future for the biodiversity of our oceans and the billions who rely on its abundance by fulfilling our role as a trusted educator and arbitrator within the fisheries community and beyond. We form a bridge between the various sectors of the fishing community, environmental groups, government agencies, and the public by presenting in plain terms the many issues facing our ocean today; by tackling carbon emissions at the root (the source of so many urgent problems); creating forums where divergent points of view can be expressed and examined and conflicts resolved collaboratively, with no predetermined outcomes; developing mechanisms to improve the collection and flow of important information; and facilitating the development and implementation of innovative problem-solving approaches. We welcome and value all stakeholders with respect for all and bias towards none. We have spent decades earning the trust of those who make their livelihoods on the water and are thus equipped for this work as few other organizations are.

Our Board

Dr. Brock B. Bernstein, President

National Fisheries Conservation Center: January 1996 – January 2018

NFCC creates a neutral space, a common ground where fishermen, scientists, managers, and conservationists can meet to hear one another’s points of view and collaborate on new solutions to difficult problems. For me, NFCC’s commitment to win-win solutions provides hope that fishing, and the unique lifestyle it entails, can be sustained, along with the ecosystems on which it depends.

Brock passed away in January 2018, after long and dedicated service to NFCC. His knowledge, empathy, and insight will be missed by all who knew him.

Brad Warren, Executive Director

National Fisheries Conservation Center

While some organizations portray [fishery] problems in the galvanizing terms of combat — urging the public to rally and smite wrong-doers — our mission has always been to find out how to work with fisheries that have real problems…It has been heartening to see fisheries leaders, conservationists, scientists, and other fisheries folk learning to cooperate on many issues, even in a time of sharpening competition for resources and bitter conflicts over allocation and conservation.

Email: brad@globaloceanhealth.org

Dr. Martin Hall, Head, Tuna-Dolphin Program

Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission

I believe that intelligent fishers and sensible environmentalists share basic goals, but that a history of conflicts and an inability to communicate frequently hide this fact. Organizations like the NFCC can help bridge this gap, building on common ground, and developing models that can be used to address fisheries conflicts and find solutions that allow the sustainable use of the oceans.

Email: mhall@iattc.org

Suzanne Iudicello Martley

Iudicello & Assoc. Consulting

Arguments about fishery management are all too often conducted passionately by folks who would rather fight than win. In contrast, NFCC is an organization that attracts leaders who are open to listening to other points of view, discussing alternatives and options that lead to win-win solutions.

Email: suzanneiudicello49@gmail.com

Brad Matsen

Independent writer and photographer

The impulse to create the NFCC, originally funded by National Fisherman magazine, rose from more than a decade of covering the commercial fishing and environmental communities as the Pacific Editor. I was a founding board member, after convincing our publisher to contribute staff time and modest funding to the advocacy of sustainable commercial fisheries, because it was clear to me that our relationships with the sea and seafood were burdened by conflict and resource abuse. I remain on the board because of my continuing commitment to responsible stewardship of the fisheries and to the resolution of disputes among the many factions bound to the sea and its gifts.

Email: bradocean@earthlink.net


Thane Tienson, Partner

Landye Bennett Blumstein

The management of our Nation’s fisheries has never been more public, more contentious, or more important than it is today. As a consequence, the need for an objective, informed, and respected voice is paramount. This was the impetus for the creation of the NFCC: to serve as a resource for policy makers and interested stakeholders; to promote the need for science-based management and increased scientific research; and to help resolve disputes over management in a way that protects the biological diversity and richness of our marine habitat and promotes conservation and the long-term sustainability of our fisheries resources for all concerned.

Email: ttienson@landye-bennett.com

Dr. Ruth Gates, Research Professor

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology & Oceanography

Building avenues of communication and transferring knowledge between diverse and often competing communities is my primary motivation in promoting and committing to the work of the NFCC. I believe that developing and sharing collective information for diverse groups and individuals will aid in bringing about more specific and creative solutions to a very complicated set of global challenges.

Email: rgates@hawaii.edu

Terry Williams, Fisheries, Natural Resources, and Treaty Rights Office Commissioner

Tulalip Tribes

Quote to come

Email: terrysuew@aol.com

Mark Gleason


As a young commercial fisherman in the mid 1990’s I became very frustrated with the fact that those closest to the resource had very little say in management decisions. Fishermen generally had little confidence in data being collected to inform these decisions, thus exasperating the feeling of alienation. The gut reaction was to fight back. At the time many environmental organizations were ramping up their engagement around fisheries. With all of these stakeholders “digging in” to their respective camps it was very difficult to find common ground and engage in productive dialogue.It was in that divisive climate that I first became aware of the National Fisheries Conservation Center and the work it was doing to bridge the gap between the various stakeholders, particularly with respect to cooperative research. Since then I’ve watched NFCC tackle some of the biggest issues confronting our fisheries, using the same collaborative, scientifically-informed approach that drew me to the group in the first place. With growing awareness of the global implications of climate change and changing seawater chemistry, our oceans have never been more vulnerable. These issues are too big not to solve. And it will take the leadership and vision an organization like NFCC can provide to bring the necessary voices to the table, because the magnitude of this issue is such that no one group or individual will have all the answers.

Email: markhgleason@gmail.com


Additional Key Staff

Julia Sanders, Deputy Director

National Fisheries Conservation Center

Educating people about the risks of CO2 impacts on the ocean through the Global Ocean Health program is a job I love. Editing and writing for the Ocean Acidification Report allows me to keep my finger on the pulse of research and stakeholder efforts to adapt to and mitigate effects. Through our work with leading seafood industry and tribal members, we’re able to see that they understand the need for strong carbon policy to ensure healthy oceans, and communicate that desire to decision-makers. Collaborating with communities, other NGOs, and researchers on ocean acidification, warming, sea level rise, and multi-stressor scenarios can be hard going, but very satisfying. NFCC/Global Ocean Health brings the message straight to the working waterfront in a way that no other organization does, and has built up decades of trust and credibility within the fishing industry.

Email: julia@globaloceanhealth.org