Executive Committee

Golden State Salmon Association Executive Committee

Board and Executive Committee member Marc Gorelnik 

Marc Gorelnik is the chairman of the Coastside Fishing Club, a Half Moon Bay-based non-profit organization, voting member Pacific Fisheries Management Council, and general counsel of the American Sportfishing Association.

Board and Executive Committee member David Zeff 

David Zeff is an attorney and recreational salmon fisherman. He lives with his family in Marin County. He enjoys running, biking, gardening, sailing, abalone diving and other outdoor activities, support of environmental protection and preservation, and the Lair of the Bear (7th week) summer camp every year. He and his wife participate in and contribute to MALT, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, which preserves open space, wildlife habitat and the agricultural industry in Marin County, and are members of the Inverness Yacht Club.


GGSA secretary and founding member, Dick Pool

Dick Pool is a one man whirlwind, owner of Pro Troll fishing tackle company, former Kaiser Engineering executive, designer, inventor, supreme salmon policy advocate, and probably the best ambassador the salmon industry has to state and federal officials.  GGSA is blessed to have Dick on the Board of Directors and a key player on the Executive Committee that oversees day to day decision making. Dick is the reason the Delta Cross Channel Gates were closed in 2010 and 2011 which prompted 10,000 adult salmon to find their way home to the Mokelumne River.  Dick also drives the GGSA salmon restoration effort using the best salmon biologists from state, federal and the private sector, all working together to develop a plan to improve our annual salmon returns by hundreds of thousands of fish.


Board and Executive Committee member Mike Aughney

Mike Aughney is the creator/editor of USAFishing.com, a leading sportfishing website. Prior to 1994 Mike fished full time for salmon and crab – both sport and commercially, mainly out of San Francisco. Mike is currently a supervisor at the Marin Water District, where he has worked for the past 20 years. Mike also spends time annually on the Kenai Peninsula in south central Alaska where he fishes salmon and halibut.


Board and Executive Committee member 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. He’s also a world class mariner who’s crossed all of the world’s oceans. His dedication to preservation and appreciation of the marine environment runs deep and he fully appreciates the land/sea connection that salmon provide.


Noah Oppenheim

Executive Director, The Institute for Fisheries Resources.