Author Paul Greenberg (Four Fish, American Catch) in conversation with Captain Ben Hyman (Wild Local Seafood), Captain Mike McCorkle (Commercial Fisherman and President of the Southern California Trawler's Association), and Jono Wilson (The Nature Conservancy and UCSB Sustainable Fisheries Group).
Why it is that much of our best American-caught seafood gets sent out of the country while our restaurants and supermarkets import more and more foreign seafood every year? A conversation about this disconnect will focus on ideas for alternative American fish distribution systems, investment in sustainable American fisheries infrastructure, and key environmental and regulatory issues that affect American seafood abundance.
Conversation: 5 pm! Reception 6 pm. The talk is free. Space is limited. To reserve a space, please EMAIL us. We will reply with a confirmation.
elysian will be open for bar + plates at 7pm. If you plan on attending the talk and would like to join us at 7pm for food and drinks, lovely.
menu and rsvp HERE for dinner
James Beard award-winning author of the bestseller Four Fish, Paul Greenberg is a leading voice for uncovering critical issues for our fisheries. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times, has been featured on NPR, and is currently a Pew fellow in Marine Conservation and a fellow with The Safina Center.
Captain Mike McCorkle has been commercially fishing Southern California waters for over 50 years. He is a board member of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA), the President of the Southern California Trawler's Association (SCTA), an advisor to the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP) - restoration of California white sea bass populations, and an advisor to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC).
Captain Ben Hyman has been a commercial fisherman in California for nearly 20 years, fishing for species including tuna, cod, halibut, sea bass, ground fish, and troll California king salmon. He owns the Wild Local Seafood Co. and recently signed a lease in Ventura Harbor for what appears to be the state's first large scale sustainable seafood only processing facility. Through his farmers' markets he tirelessly promotes retention of local species working with UCSB Environmental Studies interns and fights against the ongoing trend of over reliance on imported seafood.
Dr. Jono Wilson is a fishery scientist and project director with The Nature Conservancy based out of Santa Barbara, CA. Jono has worked with fishermen, scientists and governments across the globe to provide guidance on managing wild capture fisheries for the dual objectives of conservation and economic viability. In California he is promoting the involvement of the fishing industry in many aspects of management to improve understanding of our local resources and enhance domestic seafood markets.