The Gulf Red Snapper, prized by commercial and sport fishermen alike, is finally recovering from serious depletion. The question now is how, and by whom, federal or state, it should be managed. The answer could set precedent for other American fisheries.
- Monica Burke Goldberg, Chief Counsel, Oceans, EDF Monica Burke Goldberg is the Chief Counsel for the EDF Oceans program, leading EDF’s D.C.-based marine conservation advocacy on the hill, to the administration and in court. She has previously worked as a senior attorney for Ocean Conservancy and Oceana, as well as litigating with the Ocean Law Project of Earthjustice representing a variety of environmental and fishing groups. She served as the Special Assistant to Solicitor of the Department of Interior John Leshy in the late 1990s and worked for the San Francisco office of the Environmental Protection Agency before attending law school. Her private sector experience includes working at the Mayer Brown and Perkins Coie law firms. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from U.C. Berkeley and her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.
- Chris Macaluso, Center for Marine Fisheries Director
Chris Macaluso is the Center for Marine Fisheries Director for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. He works with a host of advocacy and conservation organizations to advance habitat restoration efforts across the Gulf and improve federal fisheries management law and policy. He is an avid angler and duck hunter and a lifelong Louisiana resident who has worked in the outdoors communication field for more than 20 years, hosting hunting and fishing radio shows and working as a freelance outdoor and sports writer, radio and TV host. Macaluso became the first-ever communications director for the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority in 2006 and handled media relations for the Authority during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
- David L. Nieland, Biologist Manager WAE, Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries
David L. Nieland worked as a Research Associate at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Coastal Fisheries Institute (CFI) from 1985 to 2007, during which time he managed expansive fisheries-based research programs. While serving in these capacities he acquired considerable expertise in the studies of both the reproductive biology and the age and growth of marine fishes, including Red Snapper, Spotted Seatrout, Red Drum, and Black Drum. In January 2007 Nieland left CFI to join the Louisiana Sea Grant (LSG) College Program at LSU as Manager for Research and Planning. He was later promoted to Manager for Operations and was again promoted, this time to Associate Executive Director and Research Coordinator in 2010. In 2013 Nieland returned to research as a Research Associate and Laboratory Manager for the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (DOCS); he retired from LSU in September 2015, but continues his service to DOCS as a gratis (unpaid) employee. Nieland returned to the workforce in March 2017 as a Biologist Manager and Red Snapper specialist for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
- Rebecca Triche, Louisiana Wildlife Federation (moderator)
Rebecca Triche is executive director for Louisiana Wildlife Federation since 2012. She has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit management, environmental policy, and program development and has worked for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, National Wildlife Federation and Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation. She also worked for the US Department of State and is a returned Peace Corps volunteer. Rebecca holds a Master of Public Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.