April 18, 2019 • Renaissance Seattle Hotel • Seattle, Washington


Joshua Berger

Washington State Department of Commerce

As the governor’s maritime sector lead for the State of Washington, Joshua works as the liaison between maritime industry stakeholders, the governor’s office, legislature and state agencies. As sector lead he focuses on economic development, building public/private partnerships, and ensuring a 21st century workforce. In his role, Joshua is leading Washington Maritime BLUE, the governor’s strategic vision for a sustainable, decarbonized maritime industry alongside the development of a Maritime Innovation Center. Previously, Joshua served as director of the Washington Maritime Federation and brings extensive maritime industry experience to his position. He earned a master’s degree from Antioch University Seattle in participatory planning. Joshua is also a professional merchant mariner having worked in the towing industry and spent six years as captain of the historic schooner Adventuress.

Dr Gleyn Bledsoe

Washington State University
School of Food Science

Dr Bledsoe is the founding director of the WSU School of Food Science’s newly established Center for Advanced Food Technology located at the Port of Everett where he heads programs focused on development of advanced seafood processing systems – shore-based and at-sea, alternative energy applications to food processing facilities, and development of programs to prepare tomorrow’s fisheries and food workforce. He is an internationally recognized expert in fisheries/seafood, harvest, processing and marketing, aquaculture, agribusiness and natural resources, economic development, post-harvest processing including the cold chain (refrigerated processing, storage, and transportation); food safety and counter bio-terrorism, management, and research. He retired in 1990 as president of a Seattle/Alaska based seafood company; subsequently returning to university to achieve advanced degrees. Since then, he has applied his experience and education working to improve US fisheries as well as to work in food and fisheries economic development around the world. He has worked internationally in over 73 countries.


Dr Bledsoe earned his PhD in seafood engineering, University of Washington, 1995; an MS degree in food science, University of Washington, 1993; an MBA, marketing and management, University of Idaho (AFIT scholar/honors), 1973; and his BSE, engineering, University of Washington, 1964.


He has also completed numerous certificate programs including: 2016 lead trainer, FSMA FSPCA Human Foods Preventative Control; 2016 lead trainer, FSMA FSPCA Animal Foods Preventative Control; 2016 Lead Trainer, FSMA Foreign Supplier Verification Program; 2013 Certified Food Scientist (CFS); 2001Alternative Energy Applications Training Program, Texas A&M; 1993, 2011 Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Instructor Certification; 1992 UN/FAO Post Graduate Program: UN/FAO Fish/Animal Nutrition & Feed Technology; 1991 NOAA Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Certification; 1991, BPS Certification Instructor- Thermal Microbiology, Process Control, Acidification and Container Closure Evaluation; 1976 Certified Public Accountant.


Dr Bledsoe is a member – Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI)Training Curriculum Group; a member – United States/USDA Tri Lateral Commission for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and USA; an international advisor to the Sri Lankan Food Processors Association; and a trustee, Augala Reef Association, Western Samoa

Eric Blumhagen, PE

Hockema Whalen Myers Associates

Eric started working as a naval architect immediately after graduating from the University of Washington. His first projects were fishing vessel stability updates. He has more than 20 years of experience providing design and engineering services to the commercial fishing industry, including leading design teams on several new fishing vessels. He is an expert in fishing vessel regulations in general and stability calculations in particular.

Bob Desautel

Global Seas

Bob Desautel is co-founder, president, and chief executive officer of Global Seas and Nina Fisheries, Inc. In 1994, he co-founded Nina Fisheries, a business that later developed internationally as it extended to Chile and Argentina in 1998. In 2001, Bob co-founded Global Seas, a subsidiary of Nina Fisheries, that quickly became one of the West Coast’s premier vessel management companies. Under Bob’s direction, Global Seas expanded its business enterprise to the East Coast and ventured into the maritime research field in 2002.


In 1978, while studying business at the University of Nevada, Bob began his career as a deckhand fishing in the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea. In 1980, he advanced to the role of captain and served as captain of various fishing vessels until 2002, when he retired from the ocean to focus on the expansion of Global Seas.


Bob has served as president and member of the board of the North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association, advocating safety education for the commercial fishing industry by providing information about USCG requirements, OSHA compliance standards, MARPOL, hands-on training programs, and safety seminars and workshops. In 1993, Bob co- founded United Catcher Boats, served as a member of the board and later as vice president, all the while promoting the organization’s importance to Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska and West Coast fisheries. His efforts serving on these boards, as well as his involvement in other various organizations, have improved safety and created efficiencies in the commercial fishing and maritime industries. Bob currently possesses a United States Coast Guard (issue no.6) masters 3000 ITC license.

Bob Donegan


Bob has the best office in Seattle at the west tip of Pier 54, 10 feet above the highest tides with a full view of all marine activity on Elliott Bay. Ivar’s operates its own stores from Bellingham to Tacoma and east to Spokane, and its world famous clam chowder is sold in about 13,000 locations throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and sometimes China and Japan. Ivar’s produced enough white chowder last year to fill 14 777-200s, or if stacked in 8-ounce cups, to reach as tall as 134 Mt Rainiers.


Bob continues to work actively in municipal matters helping plan Seattle’s new aquarium, the new waterfront park when the viaduct comes down, the goofiness with city regulations, as well as on the boards of the Washington Hospitality Association, the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts, the Historic Waterfront Association, and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce.


Bob grew up in Milwaukee, graduated from the first UW in Madison, met his wife in graduate school in Connecticut, and moved to Seattle in 1984 so she could teach in the business school at the second UW. Prior to Ivar’s, Bob worked with Peet’s Coffee and about 40 start-up companies.

Arne Fuglvog

Iquique US

Arne is the director of government affairs at Iquique US. He currently lives in Seattle, but he was born and raised in Petersburg, Alaska where he commercially fished for 30 years, including owning three fishing vessels. He has been a member of the advisory panel to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council (NPFMC), a member of the NPFMC, and a legislative assistant to Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Runar Hjelle

Rolls-Royce Marine

Runar Hjelle is the general sales manager for Rolls-Royce Marine, Offshore Deck Machinery. His main responsibility is deck machinery equipment for anchor handlers, tugs and fishing vessels in North and South America. He came to Rolls-Royce as a controls and power electronics engineer in 2002 after sailing as a chief electrician on submarines in the Norwegian Navy.


Since joining the sales team in Brattvaag in 2011, he’s had focused interests in improving safety, increasing efficiency, and implementing environmentally friendly technology in deck machinery operations.
He received his bachelor of engineering degree in military studies with a specialization in management and electrical technology in 1998 at Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in Bergen, Norway.


Runar resides in Aalesund, Norway, with his wife Linda and daughters Ingrid and Sarah.

Tim Hobbs

K & L Gates

Tim Hobbs is a litigator and strategic legal advisor working with clients in fisheries, natural resources and environmental litigation. Tim has litigated and won a wide range of cases before federal and state courts and other tribunals across the country. Among some of his more notable victories:

  • Tim intervened in litigation on behalf of US king crab harvesters and defeated challenge to a regulatory program expected to save the harvesters $50 million per year in lost revenues due to unfair competition from illegally harvested crab.
  • He represented groundfish harvesters and processors who intervened in a legal challenge to Pacific whiting catch allocations and succeeded in upholding the initial allocation formula. Pacific Dawn, LLC v. Pritzker, 831 F.3d 1166 (9th Cir. 2016).
  •  He prevailed in a lawsuit against the US secretary of commerce on behalf of commercial fishing industry plaintiffs, showing that the government violated numerous provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Act by failing to hold the recreational fishing sector to its catch limits.


In addition to litigation, Mr. Hobbs frequently helps clients develop novel regulatory and legislative initiatives to solve complex problems with creative solutions.


Before entering the legal profession, Mr. Hobbs worked for several years in the field of fisheries conservation. He was appointed as a technical advisor to the US delegation to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), appointed to federal advisory panels on fisheries, and testified before the US House Subcommittee on Fisheries.


Tim has a JD from the University of Washington School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Whitman College

Ches K. King

RINA USA Inc. (Registro Italiano Navale)

As business development director for RINA USA Inc. in North and Central America, Ches represents the interests of vessel owners in a wide variety of issues related to new building and ship-in-operation, materials certification and safety.


Ches is a certified auditor of marine safety and security management systems and teaches training courses for the marine industry on hull inspection, damage, repair, and classification and statutory services.


He has worked with classification societies since 1983. Prior to joining RINA in 2013, Ches worked for Lloyd’s Register in Seattle, WA between August 2002 and April 2013, and DNV 1983 through 2002.


He has been involved with cruise shipping, commercial fishing industry vessels, mega yachts; new construction and in operation. He has supervised construction and conversions of ships and drilling units on the East and West coasts of Canada; and the Atlantic Northeast and Southeast, and in the Pacific Northwest in the USA. Ches is a member of RINA’s global management team and Center of Excellence for Passenger Vessels.


He obtained MS degree in naval architecture and marine engineering in Gdansk, Poland in 1973.

Brad Pettinger

Pacific Fishery Management Council

Brad has participated in the West Coast commercial fishing industry for over 50 years, as a crewman, skipper and vessel owner. He has also served on numerous fishing industry committees and commissions and has spent the last 14 years as the director of the Oregon Trawl Commission (OTC).


In his time at the OTC, he has worked collaboratively within the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) process to improve the management of West Coast groundfish fisheries. Under Brad’s leadership, all three Oregon trawl fisheries have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as well-managed and sustainable fisheries. He was recently appointed (Sept. 2017) to a seat on the PFMC representing the state of Oregon.


Brad currently owns a trawler that participates in the West Coast trawl groundfish catch share program.

Peter Philips

Philips Publishing Group

Peter is the president of Philips Publishing Group, publishers of trade journals for the maritime and transportation industries. In the years since Philips Publishing was founded by Peter’s father in 1983, the company has grown to become the largest maritime and transportation publishing house on the West Coast. Titles include Pacific Maritime Magazine, aimed at West Coast commercial vessel and terminal operators, FOGHORN, the official publication of the Passenger Vessel Association, Clipper Vacations Magazine, published for Seattle’s Clipper Navigation, Catalina Express Magazine, published for Catalina Express, Pacific Fisheries Review and Fishermen’s News, the oldest commercial fishing publication on the Pacific Coast.


In addition to publishing trade journals, Philips Publishing also specializes in creative design services for the maritime and transportation industries, with clients across the country. Peter is the immediate past president of the Seattle Marine Business Coalition, which represents the interests of marine industrial land users. Peter is past president of the Port of Seattle Chapter of the Propeller Club, and past regional vice president, West Coast, of the International Propeller Club. Peter has a BA in history from Whitman College, and has been employed in the maritime publishing field since 1985.

Margery Schelling

American Seafoods Group

Margery Schelling is executive vice president of global marketing, strategy and innovation at American Seafoods Group– a leader in the harvesting, at-sea processing and sustainably-managed whitefish in the US waters off Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Margery is tasked with telling the unique story of how American Seafoods is meeting growing customer demands for healthful, high-quality wild Alaska pollock and other whitefish that is caught and frozen at sea by a talented crew, and how the company supports the local communities in which they work and live and is committed to lowering the environmental impact of their operations.


Margery also plays an integral role leading the company’s commitment to innovation – creating and bringing “first to market” new products made from one of the most environmentally-friendly proteins available. The company is already developing innovative new products for both human and animal nutrition.


Margery is an accomplished food industry executive with a proven track record of energizing teams to exceed goals, developing talent and delivering in-market results. She has significant experience in cross functional team leadership, P&L management, innovation, marketing, strategy and strategic M&As. Margery is known for monetizing innovation for commercialization, and developing great leaders around her. Prior to joining American Seafoods, Margery served as CMO and global innovation officer for PepsiCo’s foodservice business unit. Previously she was general manager of Stacy’s Pita Chips, a PepsiCo brand. Margery started her career at Kraft General Foods and Procter and Gamble where she served in various brand management roles.

Chad See

Freezer Longline Coalition

Chad See is the executive director of the Freezer Longline Coalition (FLC). Mr. See directs FLC operations and works with leaders in government, industry and the non-profit community to support FLC priorities and promote the value and sustainability of the Alaska cod fishery. See focuses much of his energies engaging with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).


Prior to coming to the FLC, Mr. See spent 13 years in Washington, DC. See worked in the US Senate for Senators Patty Murray and Jay Rockefeller before joining K&L Gates LLP, a global law and lobbying firm. At K&L Gates, he served as a lobbyist primarily representing Pacific Northwest-based clients on federal funding and budget-related matters before Congress and the Administration.


Mr. See is an active participant in the fishing and maritime community, he currently serves as a board member for the Washington Maritime Federation, the United Fishermen of Alaska, and the Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center. He is also a member of the NPFMC Observer Advisory Committee.


The FLC represents owners and operators of longline catcher processor vessels in the Alaska cod fishery. The vessels harvest Alaska cod using hook-and-line gear, then individually process the fish at sea. The fleet has an extensive catch history in the Alaska cod fishery, which accounts for over 90% of the sector’s revenues. The fleet consists of highly specialized vessels that are based in both Washington and Alaska.

Quentin Stewart


Quentin Stewart is a marine professional focusing on emerging technologies and efficiency. He began his career as a US merchant mariner working on tankers and offshore vessels. After returning shore side he worked as an owner’s representative constructing vessels in Korea.


Currently he works for Wärtsilä North America Inc. and specializes in vessel efficiency with a primary focus on propulsion machinery. He has been involved in the delivery of LNG fuelled vessels, hybrid propulsion, and low loss propulsion designs.

Jim Towers, PE

Elliott Bay Design Group

Jim Towers is a senior naval architect and marine engineer at Elliott Bay Design Group. He has more than 40 years of marine experience in vessel design and construction with a specific emphasis on structure. He is a recognized industry expert in vessel design and has been a part of numerous fishing vessel construction and refurbishment projects. Jim has worked for the Pacific Northwest’s top shipyards, where he gained an interest in fishing vessels and developed his engineering talent. Jim’s vast experience includes production engineering and management, shipyard estimating and budget control, CAD design, and repair yard engineering and management.

Chris Woodley

Groundfish Forum

Chris Woodley is the executive director of Groundfish Forum, a Seattle-based trade association representing five companies who operate 19 trawl catcher-processor vessels in the yellowfin sole, rock sole, flathead sole, Atka mackerel, Pacific Ocean perch, and Pacific cod fisheries of the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, and Gulf of Alaska. Groundfish Forum’s mission is to ensure and promote the sustainable harvest and economic viability of these fisheries (known as the Amendment 80 fisheries) while promoting resource conservation, habitat protection and practicable bycatch management solutions.


Prior to joining Groundfish Forum in 2014, Chris served 24 years in the US Coast Guard where he specialized in environmental compliance, vessel safety, marine casualty investigations, oil spill response and waterways management. Although Chris retired from the US Coast Guard in 2014, he is currently a member of the US Coast Guard’s Fishing Vessel Safety Advisory Committee.


Chris grew up in Eagle River, Alaska and he and his wife Lisa have two daughters, Kara and Kristen. He has a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Oregon (1989) and a master’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Washington (2000). Chris lives on Vashon Island and enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, gardening, reading, and trying to find where to catch Dungeness crab along East Passage.