Board of Directors


Mike Aughney
Creator of website, former commercial fisherman.

John Atkinson

Captain of charter boat New RayAnne, CA Charter Boat representative to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, member of Golden Gate Fishermens Association

Sarah Bates

Commercial salmon troller

Mike Bogue
One of the Sacramento River’s best fishing guides.

Robert Boucke
Owner Johnson’s Bait, Yuba City, Fish and Game Advisory Commissioner, District 3 Sutter County.

Hunt Conrad
A former commercial and current recreational angler and writer of a weekly fishing column.

Joe Donatini
Owner Johnson Hicks Marine Electronics, Santa Cruz, and Sausalito.

Marc Gorelnik
Chairman Coastside Fishing Club, Half Moon Bay-based non-profit organization, voting member Pacific Fisheries Management Council, general counsel American Sportfishing Association.

Ben Harris

Executive director, Monterey Salmon and Trout Project

Chris Lawson
Commercial salmon and crab fisherman with roots that go back generations in the Tomales Bay and Bodega Bay area.

Brian Layng

Owner International Sportsmen’s Expo

Adam Messner
Entrepeneur, outdoorsman.

Don Newman
National Sales Manager for P-Line, a leading fishing tackle company. Don is a lifelong fisherman and one of the best steelhead fishermen on the west coast.

Noah Oppenheim
Executive Director, The Institute for Fisheries Resources and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations.

Dick Pool
Owner Pro Troll tackle, veteran Central Valley salmon advocate and activist going back to the listing of winter run salmon in the late 1980’s.

Rick Powers
Captain, New Sea Angler,charter boat out of Bodega Bay.

Randy Repass
Founder and Director of West Marine, the biggest marine retailer in the U.S. Repass brings a lifetime of marine, engineering, retail and political experience to GGSA.

Caleen Sisk
Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, historic territory is along the McCloud River watershed (near Redding) which produced mighty salmon runs until the construction of Shasta Dam blocked fish passage.

Vance Staplin
Vance Staplin is a former inland rivers fishing guide. He now represents multiple lines of fishing and outdoor gear and deals with outdoors folks throughout the state.

Ted Wilson
Ted Wilson is a caterer and restaurant owner who specializes in sustainable seafood.

David Zeff
Attorney and environmentalist.