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Board Bios

Dr. Brock B. Bernstein
Dr. Dayton (Lee) Alverson
Jerry Fraser
Dr. Martin Hall
Mark Lundsten
Suzanne Iudicello Martley
Brad Matsen
Peter Shelley
Thane Tienson
Brad Warren

Dr. Brock B. Bernstein, President
National Fisheries Conservation Center

Dr. Bernstein is an environmental scientist specializing in policy development and study design and evaluation. He has performed both applied and theoretical research and has designed and/or managed large-scale environmental monitoring and assessment programs. His experience has led to his appointment to many technical advisory and review committees, including three National Academy of Sciences panels. One panel conducted a nationwide assessment of marine environmental monitoring strategies and another examined alternatives for improving the governance of the nation's coastal regions. He has extensive experience working with groups of varied stakeholders to resolve difficult environmental and management issues. He received his undergraduate degree in English Literature from Claremont Men's College in 1972 and his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1977.

Dr. Dayton (Lee) Alverson, Chairman of the Board
Natural Resources Consultants

Dr. Alverson is currently the owner and chairman of the board of Natural Resources Consultants, Inc., a Seattle, WA consulting firm specializing in fisheries stock assessment, data analysis, and policy. Dr. Alverson has authored more than 100 scientific and technical articles ranging in subject matter from opportunities for development of new U.S. fisheries to theoretical considerations in modeling fish populations. Prior to starting Natural Resources Consultants, he held a variety of academic positions at the University of Washington, served as the director of the Northwest and Alaska Fisheries Center, and was a special assistant to the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries at the National Marine Fisheries Service.

In addition to these positions, Dr. Alverson has had numerous special assignments, including as an advisor to the U.S. Department of State during treaty negotiations, as a delegate to the Law of the Sea Conference in 1971, and as chief of staff of the U.S. delegation to U.S./Canada salmon negotiations. He has also served on several fisheries commissions and on National Academy of Sciences committees investigating fisheries issues.

Jerry Fraser, Editor-in-Chief,
National Fisherman


Jerry Fraser is editor-in-chief of National Fisherman and has a background in both fisheries and journalism. As a youth and young man, he was a deckhand on lobster and tuna boats in Maine, and he eventually moved on to gillnetters and draggers. He owned and skippered draggers for eight years before leaving the industry in 1987 to pursue a career in journalism. After several years as an editor with the Boston Globe, he put his two vocations together, becoming senior editor of National Fisherman in 1997. He was named editor-in-chief two years later. He lives in Wells, Maine.

Dr. Martin Hall, Head, Tuna-Dolphin Program
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission

Dr. Hall has been the head of the Tuna-Dolphin Program of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission since 1984. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia. He has performed original research on dolphin behavior related to bycatch in tuna nets, and his findings have been used in developing methods to reduce dolphin bycatch. Dr. Hall has also been directly involved in developing and implementing national policy on the tuna-dolphin issue. He has published widely in the peer-reviewed literature on tuna-dolphin issues and has presented papers at numerous scientific and management conferences.

Mark Lundsten, President
Queen Anne Fisheries, Inc.

Mark Lundsten is the owner-operator of the fishing vessel Masonic, a 70-foot longliner in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. Mr. Lundsten fishes for halibut and sablefish and was active in the development of the Individual Fishing Quota system for the halibut fishery. He has also promoted conservation through the development of innovative bycatch reduction measures and responsible management approaches. In addition to his active fishing, Mr. Lundsten has participated in a number of management commissions. He was a member of the Conference Board of the International Halibut Commission from 1982-1986 and again in 1997, and served on the halibut committee of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. He has also been an advisor to the International North Pacific Fisheries Commission. Mr. Lundsten graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in English Literature and completed two years of graduate studies in this area at the University of Washington before taking up commercial fishing.

Suzanne Iudicello Martley
Junkyard Dogfish Consulting

Ms. Iudicello Martley is currently an independent consultant after serving for ten years with the Center for Marine Conservation (CMC), until 1997, as its Vice President for Programs and General Counsel. Before moving to Washington, D.C. to attend law school, she served as special assistant to the Alaska Commissioner of Fish and Game, a post that followed a 15-year career as a journalist. While working as an advocate to reduce the incidental catch of marine mammals, seabirds, turtles and non-target fish during fishing operations, she continued to work collaboratively with progressive leaders in the fishing community to find ways to reduce bycatch and tone down rhetoric on the topic. By reaching out and taking the risk of working together with fishermen, she created a breakthrough in the decades-long controversy over tuna-dolphin interactions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. She also organized and conducted successful negotiations between fishers and conservationists in 1988 and 1993, resulting in amendments to the Marine Mammal Protection Act that have reduced incidental take of marine mammals in fishing operations. Iudicello is co-author of Fish, Markets and Fishermen and Fishing Grounds, published by Island Press, and A Seafood Lover's Almanac, published by the National Audubon Society, as well as numerous articles on fishery management and bycatch.

Brad Matsen, independent writer and photographer

From 1985 to 1997 Brad Matsen was a senior editor of National Fisherman Magazine, where he wrote widely on fishery management and policy issues. Prior to his tenure at National Fisherman, he wrote, published, and/or edited several other magazines, including Alaska Fisherman's Journal and Alaska Health Quarterly. Mr. Matsen has also worked as a charter pilot, commercial fishermen, and a merchant seaman, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has published several books, including Planet Ocean, Faces of Fishing, and, most recently, Fishing up North. Mr. Matsen has written several documentary film scripts for National Geographic and other studios. Mr. Matsen's personal experience and long history of reporting on the fishing industry give him a unique insight into forces that shape current fisheries issues. He is currently a Peace Corps volunteer in the South Pacific.

Peter Shelley, Vice President
Conservation Law Foundation

Peter Shelley is a Vice President of the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and Director of CLF's Maine Advocacy Center. He has been with CLF for 17 years, first serving as a senior attorney from 1983-1997, and has litigated cases on a wide range of marine and freshwater resources issues. His current areas of concentration include marine protected areas, fisheries management reform, estuary habitat protection and restoration, coastal sprawl, and public trust doctrine. Mr. Shelley was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine's School of Law during the 1997 and 1998 school years. Previously, he served as Assistant Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Resources.

In addition to his membership on the Board of Directors of the National Fisheries Conservation Center, Mr. Shelley sits on the Board of the Maine Coastal Mountains Land Trust. He was a founder and is currently the Presiding Director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. He was awarded a Pew Fellow in Conservation and the Environment in 1996. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Coastal Studies and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, Inc., the Boston Bar Association Environmental Steering Committee, the Massachusetts BAR CLE Environmental Committee, the WGBH Citizens Advisory Board, the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Contaminated Marine Sediments, and the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Consultative Committee. Mr. Shelley has a B.A. in Economics from Hobart College, Geneva, New York and received his J.D. with honors from Suffolk University Law School.

Thane Tienson, Partner
Landye Bennett Blumstein

Thane Tienson is a Portland attorney best known in fisheries circles for his work on salmon issues. When Senator Mark Hatfield convened the Salmon Summit, an effort to break the impasse between Columbia River water users and fisheries advocates, Tienson became one of the core group who attended every meeting, trying to hammer out a compromise. Later, on behalf of Columbia River fishermen and conservation groups, he won an often-quoted federal court ruling that required sweeping changes in the way dams are operated to protect salmon. During the early 1990s Tienson also handled several influential cases regarding sexual harassment at sea, helping to improve standards for women aboard fishing and processing vessels. In early 1998, on behalf of several Northwest conservation groups, Tienson negotiated a landmark water quality settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, compelling the agency to consider cumulative impacts when issuing permits for new water pollution sources in Washington State.

Brad Warren, Editor-in-Chief
Pacific Fishing

Brad Warren has been the editor of Pacific Fishing, the leading West Coast trade journal on commercial fishing since April 1996. Prior to that, he worked as the acting Pacific editor for National Fisherman, managing editorial coverage of Pacific fisheries. He has written extensively on fisheries issues and has established a clear editorial voice for advocating constructive approaches to fisheries conflicts, particularly involving bycatch. Mr. Warren has also worked as a freelance writer and wrote a prize-winning family drama, a musical, and several commissioned political satires for the stage. From 1990-1992, he was the research director and chief editor for the Corporate Philanthropy Report, a major new directory that generated sales exceeding $1.2 million.

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