Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Tim Choate


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.

Tim Ervin

Vice Chairman

Splitting time between Islamorada, FL and Onekama, MI, Tim can be found chasing salmon and trout on Lake Michigan, the 2nd largest freshwater sea, or working the Key’s backcounty and nearshore waters.  A leader for over 30 years in government, business and nonprofits, Tim works on matters ranging from economic and community development to resource protection involving fisheries, water quality and economic development and building philanthropy.  His focus with Wild Oceans is fund development and organizational capacity building.


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.


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.


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.

Ken Hinman

Ken has over 40 years experience working professionally to conserve marine fish, and served as Wild Oceans (NCMC) president from 1997-2019. He is a co-founder of numerous alliances uniting fishermen and conservationists, including the Marine Fish Conservation Network, Ocean Wildlife Campaign, Menhaden Matter and Take Marlin Off the Menu. Ken has authored hundreds of published articles on marine conservation policy, education and science. He wrote monthly conservation columns for Marlin magazine (1986-1997) and Salt Water Sportsman magazine (1997-2005). He serves in a number of appointed advisory positions on fisheries matters, national and international. Among the individual awards he has received are The Billfish Foundation’s Conservation Award in 1988 and the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award by the American Fisheries Society in 2002.

Frankie Labriola

Frankie has established an impressive 35-year career in the hospitality industry, running restaurants and bars from New England to the Virgin Islands. For the past two decades he has owned and operated Paddy’s Beach Club just steps from the high-tide line on Misquamicut Beach, Rhode Island. Before getting into the restaurant industry, Frankie made fishing his business: running a small commercial fishing venture out of Charlestown, Rhode Island while also crewing on charter boats throughout the Atlantic. A relentless optimist and savvy entrepreneur, Frankie can find opportunity in any situation, as evidenced by his rebuilding of Paddy’s from the sand up following Superstorm Sandy in 2012. When not entertaining guests or designing new menu items, you’ll likely find Frankie on his boat with his daughter Gia at his side, chasing bluefin, dolphin, and wahoo from New England to southern Florida.


Stephanie Osgood Choate-Oppenheimer

Stephanie has been traveling the world and fishing competitively for the last 5 years.  She has won the Blue Marlin World Cup, the Bermuda Triple Crown, and the IGFA Gil Keech Heavy Tackle Award for her women’s black marlin world record catch in Australia.  Stephanie annually competes in the Quest for the Crest tournament series with her fishing team Miss Britt out of Miami, Florida.  While living in Oklahoma, she continues to travel to fish and spread the word for Wild Oceans and conservation in any capacity she can while focusing on emboldening the younger generations.

Peter Truslow

Raised on the water since birth, Peter Truslow grew up in Long Island, New York and Maine.  An avid fisherman, diver, sailor and water sports enthusiast, Peter first fell in love with fishing while fishing with his grandfather, also an avid sportsman.  Since graduating from Tufts University in 1986 with a degree in International Relations, Peter has held several important positions in the marine and boating industries, including; marketing with Motor Boating and Sports Afield magazines, President of EdgeWater Powerboats, and CEO of Bertram Yachts.  Peter is currently the Vice President of Grand Banks Yachts and resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.


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.


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.