Edward “Spider” Andresen of Chilmark, MA, is a former publisher of Saltwater Sportsman magazine and fleet manager for singer Jimmy Buffet. Spider is the owner of Stormy Petrel, a 42-foot sportfishing boat he keeps on Martha’s Vineyard.
Director of Fisheries, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
In 1984, fresh out of grad school, Bill was hired to start a fisheries program for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The near collapse of the striped bass population was the impetus and initial focus of the program, as Bill became an early supporter of the range-wide striped bass management attempted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and was appointed to the commission in 1995. He has also worked on oyster reef restoration, fish passage and fishery management to rebuild shad and river herring stocks, science-based management of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab fishery, and ecosystem-based management of Atlantic menhaden. As the director of CBF’s Fisheries Program, Bill worked with state and federal agencies, commercial and recreational fishermen, scientists, and elected officials to promote effective conservation and management of Chesapeake Bay and regional fisheries.
John’s broad range of fisheries experiences includes 56 years of commercial and recreational fishing and diving, operating a live bait business, and working as a senior research scientist with the Florida Marine Research Institute. In 2011, John was appointed to fill an at-large seat on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. He served as a member of the Scientific and Statistical Committee for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, and currently serves as a scientific advisor to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. John is a billfish specialist and continues to contribute to numerous scientific publications on fisheries. John is a long-time member of the West Palm Beach Fishing Club, where he served as president for 30 years. John is also a champion tournament angler.
Sabrina, trustee of Knight Vision Foundation, resides in Pahrump, Nevada. Her involvement with ocean conservation began as a novice writer and volunteer pilot. An MS Ocean Engineering graduate from the University of Rhode Island, she enjoys teaching SCUBA and technical consulting. Sabrina currently works for the eco-friendly company Mythic Paint.
Dr. Greg Skomal
Senior Fisheries Scientist
Dr. Greg Skomal heads up the Massachusetts Shark Research Program (MSRP) under the Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries. He also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts School for Marine Science and Technology, a guest investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and an adjunct scientist with the Center for Shark Research. Greg is an avid SCUBA diver, underwater photographer, and aquarist and has authored eleven books on aquarium keeping. He is a familiar face in shark documentaries and has appeared in programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, ESPN and numerous television networks. Greg currently resides with his family on Martha’s Vineyard.
Captain Ray Rosher
Captain Ray Rosher was born a second generation Miami native and began fishing in the Everglades spending time in the outdoors with his father and grandfather throughout his youth. At the age of 16 in 1979, he landed his first job with Bob Lewis, a well-known Miami captain, aboard Kelly Tractor’s boat the Tropicat I. Ray went on to fish with the Kelly Family full time from 1980 until 1999, becoming their captain in 1982. In 1999, Ray started building his own charter business by constructing his first boat the Miss Britt I (named after his oldest daughter). His second boat, the Miss Britt II, was completed in 2006. More recently in 2014, his company purchased its third boat, the Miss Cheyenne named after Ray’s youngest daughter. Capt. Rosher enjoys daily charter trips out of Miami as well as fishing tournaments up and down the Florida coast and in locations as far away as Cabo San Lucas, Bermuda, St.Thomas and Africa. Love of fishing, Love of his many repeat customers and his crew, and Love of family are all gifts that Ray attributes to his outstanding career.
Dick Russell is the author of “Eye of the Whale” (Simon & Schuster, 2001), and “Striper Wars: An American Fish Story” (Island Press, 2005). He has written dozens of articles on ocean and fishery issues for magazines and newspapers and has been an activist in efforts to protect striped bass, menhaden, bluefin tuna, marlin and the Sea of Cortés ecosystem. Dick is a recipient of the citizen’s Chevron Conservation Award and the National Coalition for Marine Conservation’s Golden Swordfish Award.