Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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Tim Choate

Chairman

Tim has been an ardent angler since moving to Islamorada, Florida from New York City asa boy in the mid-1950s. As president of Artmarina, Tim has managed numerous charter fishing operations and lodges throughout Central and South America, including the Galapagos Islands.He pioneered the use of circle hooks in offshore fishing to enhance survival of released marlin and other big fish as well as the use of socioeconomic studies by governments and conservation groups to validate the correlation of billfishing conservation and tourism. In 2012, Tim was awarded the prestigious Frank Johnson Trophy for Personal Achievement in the Advancement of Big Game Sport Fishing by Guy Harvey Outpost, LTD and a year later received an IGFA Conservation Award for his role in passage of The Billfish Conservation Act of 2012.


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Rick Weber

Vice Chairman

Rick resides in Cape May, New Jersey, and operates South Jersey Marina and South Jersey Tournaments. He is closely involved with his family’s other businesses, including Canyon Club Marina and South Jersey Yacht Sales. He is an active offshore fisherman and diver. Rick is also very involved with the fishery management process, serving as an advisor on highly migratory species for the National Marine Fisheries Service and a member of the U.S. ICCAT Advisory Committee.


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Mary Barley

Mary Barley has served on the Wild Oceans board since 1998. She served as Vice Chairperson of The Everglades Foundation from 2003-2012. Mary is also Chair of The Everglades Trust and serves on the boards of the Atlantic Salmon Federation (U.S.) and the National Parks Conservation Association. She has received many awards and accolades for her work and been profiled in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Time’s Hero of the Planet. Mary resides in Islamorada, Florida.


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Bill Boyce

A native Californian, Bill spent four years as a fisheries biologist with the U.S. Forest Service in California, Oregon, Colorado, and Alaska. He then spent twelve years working for the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) monitoring and conserving stocks of tunas, dolphins, billfish and sharks by the Eastern Pacific tuna purse seine fleet. Bill currently directs, produces and hosts the award winning TV series, IGFA Angler’s Digest.


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Jody Bright

Jody is a marlin fisherman by trade and a conservationist by rote. He has worked on fishing boats in 22 tropical countries, but now focuses exclusively on the Pacific. He has worked with the Fisheries Departments of most Pacific Island nations and regional fishery bodies throughout the Pacific Rim. As founder and President of the Hawaii Conservation Association, Jody worked with everyone from Native Hawaiian villagers to legislators in crafting and passing Act 306, establishing the West Hawaii Regional Fisheries Management Area. Currently his focus is field work and support of the blue marlin pop-up satellite archival tag program. He also owns and operates the Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series, the first events in Hawaii to pay cash prizes to tag-and-release marlin.


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Stephanie Osgood Choate

Stephanie is an experienced angler who grew up fishing for sailfish in Guatemala at her father’s (Tim) fishing lodge. She travels the world fishing competitively and spreading the word for marine conservation. Steph most recently won the 2014 World Cup of Fishing in Kona, Hawaii.


 

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Stanley Arkin

Director Emeritus

Stanley, a self-employed venture capitalist based in New York City, is a lover of the arts and an avid angler who fishes from the east end of Long Island.


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John Heyer

Director Emeritus

John has been an active bluewater tag-and-release fisherman for many years.  His interest in conserving marine resources is the hope that his grandchildren and future generations can have as much enjoyment from the sea as he has had.


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Christopher Weld

Director Emeritus

Chris co-founded Wild Oceans (then called the National Coalition for Marine Conservation) in 1973, after his extensive big-game fishing off New England brought him into contact with large-scale fishing operations and the threat of overfishing to fishery resources. He served as President from 1985-96. Chris participated in the drafting of the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976, served on the New England Fishery Management Council, and drafted the International Atlantic Salmon Conservation Agreement. Today Chris fly-fishes for salmon, bonefish and tarpon in Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, Argentina, Iceland, Norway and Russia.