Commercial salmon fisherman,
president of Small Boat Commercial Salmon Fishermens’ Association (SBCSFA)
Mike Hudson hails from the “famous” commercial fishing port of Berkeley, CA. He spends the summers chasing wild Pacific salmon and tuna, which his lovely wife Yvette sells at local Farmers’ Markets. His winters are spent at fisheries’ meetings, instigating groups such as SalmonAid, catching crabs, playing the blues with his band & doing jobs as electrician, boatwright and carpenter (among other things). His favorite pastime is loading up the BBQ with 1/2 ton of Salmon bellies & fixing a pretty mean cocktail in his backyard – we don’t know how he makes time for all of this, but somehow he seems to manage.
Jessie Raeder comes to SalmonAid with a great passion for grassroots organizing. Volunteering with the South Yuba River Citizens League on the Source to Sea project first inspired her unlimited enthusiasm for wild rivers and wild salmon. Connections she made at the inaugural SalmonAid Festival in 2008 led to her current position as an organizer and salmon advocate for the Tuolumne River Trust. Jessie has organzied Paddle to the Sea, a month long paddle-a-thon down the Tuolumne River from Yosemite to San Francisco Bay, and she has also worked on the relicensing of New Don Pedro Dam in an effort to secure more water for the anadromous fish of the Lower Tuolumne River.
Jon Rosenfield, PhD,
Conservation Ecologist, The Bay Institute
Jon Rosenfield is a research scientist and relentless advocate for wild salmon, steelhead, and other native fish species. As conservation ecologist for The Bay Institute, Jon participates in numerous collaborations and policy arenas to ensure that conservation science is integrated into water management policy. He believes there are solutions to the precipitous decline in west coast salmon populations and he believes the time to implement those solutions is running out.
Founder of Fish Revolution
Crystal has a diversified background in ocean conservation and sustainable fisheries. As Founder of Fish Revolution (a program that SalmonAID sponsors) she helps industry members incorporate seafood sustainability into their business models by focusing on the unique needs of their company. Crystal keenly understands the intersection of science, sustainability, and business needs of all stakeholders in the seafood supply chain. She has assisted restaurants throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to transform their menus to offer solely sustainable seafood, and is passionate about integrating business solutions that ensure ocean health.
Innokenty Belov was born in Moscow, Russia in 1976. His family moved to the United States when he was five years old, and at 17 he was introduced to the world of ocean fishing in Florida. After moving to San Francisco in 1996, he left a career in professional photography to develop a new concept in environmentalism—a socially responsible restaurant with a soul focus on sustainability.
Kenny brought his tremendous passion and generosity to the food and beverage offerings of SalmonAID. He insisted that each restaurant providing food at SalmonAID take a pledge that they would never serve farmed salmon again – from this Fish or Cut Bait was born. Kenny now travels around the country educating restaurateurs and their patrons about the benefits of wild salmon and the economic and environmental damage brought about by salmon farming. In 2004, “Fish.” in Sausalito, California opened its doors. Kenny’s commitment to local fishermen and true sustainability has created a unique entity combining waterfront dining with an ongoing commitment to consumer education about the state of the ocean and the truth behind sustainability.
Kenny and his Wife Eden live in Petaluma, California, with their dog, cat, three chickens, and two children—Isabella and Oliver—whom he has convinced, will still have healthy ocean and fish to eat when they grow up.
Save Our Wild Salmon
Joseph has worked for Save Our Wild Salmon since the mid-1990s. As Outreach Director, he spends his time collaborating with the coalition partners to educate the public and build support in Congress for lasting solutions to restore healthy, self-sustaining, harvestable populations of wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia basin. Joseph first got hooked on wild salmon in southeast Alaska where he spent a summer working in the fishing industry and exploring the coast. Before joining the SOS team, Joseph taught and labored in the mountains across the West. Today, Joseph lives outside Seattle with his wonderful wife Amy and two children Liesl and Jeremiah.
Karuk Tribe of California
Ron Reed is a traditional Karuk dipnet fisherman and cultural biologist in the Fisheries Program of the Karuk Department of Natural Resources. Ron has been an active leader in restoring the Klamath River fishery on local and regional levels and has participated extensively in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission re-license process.
Owner Peridot Events
SalmonAid Event Producer
AJ is committed to earth stewardship. Her mission is to create and produce inspiring events that balance style and sustainability. AJ is a producer with strong Leadership skills, meticulous planning, and unwavering dedication to get the job done. She is Committed to making conscious choices to create unique events that reflect the values of her clients. She is Passionate about managing events with creative solutions and positivity. Currently AJ collaborates with business owners, artists and music event producers to develop sustainable solutions for large festivals and fundraising events. She works on a freelance basis.
Owner Silicon Valley Web Design & Hosting
SalmonAid Website Designer
Mondy lives in San Jose where he is Executive Director of the Stevens & Permanente Creeks Watershed Council and a Director of the Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition. He is a long time activist and Senior Advocate representing the Northern California Council, Federation of Fly Fishers.