I was born in Canada the daughter of an agricultural banker, and raised in the farming and ranching communities of the plains of Canada and California’s San Joaquin Valley. When my father transferred to Los Angeles to specialize in international finance for farming and fishing operations, I experienced the culture shock of moving from a rural area to one of the world’s largest cities. My father switched to managing tuna fishing boats out of San Diego, and I worked for him part time. In 1986, I went to work for him full time when he purchased a fishing boat. I spent the next seven years managing shoreside operations for a two hundred-foot fishing boat and its eighteen-man crew.
I enjoy my family and friends, work, gardening, swimming, reading, and being around animals, the ocean, the desert, and the mountains, all of which are quickly accessible from my home in Southern California.
Animal rights/preservationist campaigns had a negative impact on the fishery I was involved in. The “dolphin safe” definition was sharkand tuna-deadly, negatively impacting a host of marine animals. It ignored the ecosystem approach to fisheries management. To counter this, I worked with the fishermen to start the Fishermen’s Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about fisheries issues and holistic fisheries management. In the process, I learned that animal rightists were promoting diets and clothing from plants and