AltaSea Presents A Panel Discussion
“Something’s Fishy: Demystifying Sustainable Seafood”
Panel Discussion Participants
Moderator: Dr. Steven N. Murray, Interim Provost and Vice President for Biology Emeritus, California State University Fullerton
Dr. Steven N. Murray recently retired from the position of Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Fullerton, which he held for 2.5 years. Previously, Dr. Murray served as Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics from 2005 -2010 and was a member of Fullerton’s Biology faculty for 41 years. He is a coastal marine ecologist with more than 40 years of experience working in coastal marine ecosystems. He is a coastal marine ecologist and has published numerous papers and reports on topics such as marine herbivory, marine biogeography, and human impacts on coastal populations and communities.
Bob Bertelli, Vice Chairman, California Sea Urchin Commission
Bob served as a policy adviser to the California Lobster and Trap Fishermen's Association (CLTFA) (ex officio Board member). He currently serves as a Southern California trustee for the California Fisheries Coalition (CFC), Member of the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative South Coast Region Stake Holders Group and Stake Holder member of the California Fish and Wildlife Strategic Vision Project representing ocean interest groups. Bob has also organized commercial sea urchin diver participation with the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission's Palos Verdes Kelp Restoration Project (working with Mr. Tom Ford) and has worked with politicians, state regulators, scientists, and environmental NGO's towards the goal of "sustainable" California fisheries. He has 40 years of commercial fishing experience, primarily shell fish diving, is a Certified SCUBA Instructor and a Certified Water Safety Instructor.
Norah Eddy, Co-founder, Salty Girls Seafood
Norah has worked in and on the water for most of her life, having spent countless days at sea and working in fisheries all over the world. Norah is an avid surfer and all-around water woman. Her passion for fisheries stems from an upbringing in a small New England fishing town and led her to completing her master’s thesis working to improve the Galapagos lobster fishery at UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management in 2014. In 2014, she launched Salty Girl Seafood with her co-founder, Laura Johnson, with the aim of creating positive change in the seafood industry. In addition to her work with Salty Girl, she currently manages an international fisheries and marine spatial planning project.
Craig Heberer, NOAA, West Coast Recreational Fisheries Coordinator
Craig is a fourth-generation Croatian-American born and raised in San Pedro, California. His great grandfather, grandfather, and uncles were all commercial tuna fishermen and his brother Chris is an active commercial squid and tuna fisherman. Craig has a B.S. in Fisheries Science from Humboldt State University and a M.S. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Marine Science. Craig has spent the last 18 years working as a fisheries biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service in Long Beach, CA. Prior to joining NMFS, Craig worked overseas for the Interamerican Tropical Tuna Commission in Ecuador and Puerto Rico and as a tuna fisheries consultant for the Federated States of Micronesia.