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Rob Kramer President

Prior to coming to Wild Oceans, Rob Kramer was the President of the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) for nearly 15 years.

As a fifth generation Floridian, I have always been around water; on it, in it, and under it.  Having year-round sunshine, there was never much motivation to be indoors growing up.  In fact, in my house, the children were generally not allowed inside until it was time for dinner.  For this, I am grateful.

Since as far back as I can remember, I have fished.  My grandmother on my father’s side was the most accomplished in the family and it was she that taught me not only how to fish, but all the wonderful things fishing can teach you.  Through fishing I learned patience, hope, excitement, peace and, most importantly, a way of connecting with and understanding nature.  Through my fishing experiences over the last 50 years, I have developed a great appreciation of how man is an integral part of the natural world in which we live.  It is up to us to be good stewards of the only planet we have.

Shortly after graduating Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography, I went to work for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Marine Fisheries.  My job was to work side by side with fisheries scientists and then communicate what I observed to fishermen who helped fund their work.  My career in the world of fisheries had officially begun .

During my tenure with the State, I also began participating in the complex world of fisheries management, both at the state and federal level.  The process is designed to be somewhat democratic where affected user groups engage with fishery managers and scientists to set policy and regulations.  For these user groups to effectively participate in this process, it requires patience, dedication and perseverance.

The next chapter in my life took me from government to the nonprofit sector, where I was hired to run the International Game Fish Association (IGFA).  For a decade and a half, I traveled the world working on fisheries issues.  It was during this time that I met Wild Oceans President Ken Hinman and became familiar with the organization’s work and in fact partnered with them on important conservation initiatives.  The Wild Oceans team has a great reputation for consensus building in the fisheries management arena.  They are known for efficiently and effectively utilizing science to influence decision makers, always putting the resource first.  They truly exemplify patience, dedication and perseverance.

Shortly after leaving IGFA to begin my own consulting business, the Chairmen of Wild Oceans approached me with the opportunity to join the organization as its new President.  Ken was stepping down from the day-to-day management of the organization after 41 years and taking a position on its Board of Directors.  I have accepted the Chairman’s offer with honor and will strive to continue the great work of the Wild Oceans team.

It is indeed a fortunate few that can combine their profession and their passion.  I am one of those fortunate few.

I am Wild Oceans.

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    Pam joined the Wild Oceans staff in 2005 after 14 years in the public aquarium field. Serving as an advocate and policy analyst for Wild Oceans, Pam has authored numerous recommendations on fishery management actions and regularly participates in meetings. Through her 2006 report, Taking the Bait: Are America’s Fisheries Out-competing Predators for their Prey?, Pam initiated Wild Ocean’s Forage First! campaign which provided a blueprint for amending forage fish management plans to protect predator-prey relationships. She currently is the Chair of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Shad & River Herring Advisory Panel (AP) and serves on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Ecosystem and Ocean Planning AP, River Herring and Shad AP, and Mackerel, Squid & Butterfish AP. She is also the editor of the Wild Oceans Horizon, our member newsletter. Pam holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Science from Jacksonville University and a Certificate in Middle Childhood Science Education from Western Governors University.

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    Theresa has a strong advocacy background, pursuing legal and grassroots solutions to environmental pollution and the over-exploitation of our natural resources. Theresa has worked as a fisheries advocate in the northeast and Mid-Atlantic, building successful campaigns to restore our oceans by protecting forage fish like menhaden and herring. As an environmental litigator, she prosecuted lawsuits against some of the most egregious polluters of our air and water, including those who illegally released millions of pounds of pollutants from oil refineries into our air, discharged excess metals from coal plants into our water, and failed to properly treat municipal stormwater and sewage. She serves as a member of the Permanent Advisory Committee to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and the General Advisory Committee toto the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission. Theresa received her law degree from Vermont Law School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and Ecology from Cornell University.

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