Meet the Team

David Stevens (Chairman): Fisherman, Cornwall

David Stevens has been a fisherman for 30 years and is joint skipper with his brother of their family owned 24 metre fishing boat based in Newlyn, Cornwall. He has always had a keen interest in undertaking scientific work and has worked on many data gathering projects over the years, working with Seafish, Marine Management Organisation (MMO), Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). David looks forward to a future where scientists, industry and management collaborate for the long-term health of the fishery.

Peter Williams (Vice Chair): Fisherman, Hampshire

Peter Williams is a Hampshire based Fishermen, owner of Sarah C, SE121, a Cygnus GM under 10 meter MFV. He prides himself in sustainable caught fish, using static gear methods including Nets, Hook & Line. He is involved in fishing on many levels including the first fisherman to be involved with the start up of Catchbox (A community supported fishery), a Trustee to Fishing into The Future and is actively involved with Fishermen and Science Partnerships. Peter is passionate about the future of the fishing industry.

Alexa Dayton (Executive Committee): Senior Programme Manager, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Alexa Dayton heads up the Gulf of Maine Research Institute Marine Resource Education Programme – the flagship training programme for the GMRI. Alexa has been a leading member of the FitF Executive Committee from the very beginning. She has been hugely instrumental in guiding our charity toward success and delivery in all areas, but she brings particular expertise to our Fisheries Resource Education Programme (FREP), where she has been working as the lead consultant on all the materials offered through this course. She has been a hugely valuable asset since the organisation began in 2013.

Hazel Curtis (Executive Committee): Director of Corporate Relations, Seafish

Hazel Curtis is Director of Corporate Relations at Seafish, and has worked at Seafish since 2000. Hazel led the Economics team until December 2018, contributing to many government and industry initiatives to help improve fisheries management and fleet efficiency. She developed a programme of economic data collection from the seafood industry and a programme of providing analysis, evidence and expert advice to inform business and government policy decisions. Seafish Economics work has included impact assessments of key policy proposals and management measures such as the Landing Obligation. Hazel has been a member of the European Commission’s Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries, providing official advice to the Commission, and from 2011 to 2015 was President of the European Association of Fisheries Economists. In 2016 Hazel was elected as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade.

Emma Plotnek (Executive Committee): Programme Manager, Fishing into the Future

Emma Plotnek is a marine scientist with a strong interest in sustainable seafood and furthering the essential role fishing communities play in taking care of the seas around us, while managing their businesses and contributing to food security. She has experience working with capture fisheries and in the aquaculture sector, enjoys time on farms and at sea, working closely with local communities and major industries involved in the seafood sector. Emma is keen to get involved in the UK sector after gaining almost a decade of experience abroad, taking her from Canada to Chilean Patagonia. Emma is now based in Dorset on the South Coast, taking on the role of Programme Manager within this dynamic team.

Michel Kaiser (Executive Committee): Chief Scientist and Professor of Fisheries Conservation, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Michel Kaiser is currently the Chief Scientist and Professor of Fisheries Conservation at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Prior to joining Heriot-Watt University, he was the Science & Standards Director at the Marine Stewardship Council and he was the Professor of Marine Conservation Ecology at Bangor University for 20 years. His research interests focus on techniques to achieve sustainable use of marine resources while seeking to minimise impacts on the marine environment. He is best-known for his expertise on the ecosystem of fishing on the seabed, data poor fisheries and the use of spatial management measures to achieve conservation and fisheries objectives. Throughout his career has worked at the scientific interface between fisheries and conservation. He has extensive research collaborations with seafood industries in the UK and elsewhere. Michel currently holds a number of public appointments. He is a member of the IUCN-Fisheries Expert Group and is an independent Member of the UK Marine Science Coordination Committee, he is a trustee of Fishing Into The Future, he chairs the International Scientific Advisory Committee for the pulse-trawling project (Holland). Past roles include: independent board member of the UK Seafish Industry Authority from 2007-2105 and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee board from 2012-2017. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications and has written or edited 5 books including Marine Fisheries Ecology and Marine Ecology: Processes Systems and Impacts. He co-convened the 6th World Fisheries Congress in 2012. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Fish Biology.

Mike Warner (Executive Committee): Seafood writer and fisherman Suffolk

Mike Warner Freelance food writer, fisheries journalist and sustainable seafood consultant. Mike writes on all aspects of the commercial UK fishing industry and travels the country talking to fishermen and producers about the native fish and shellfish landed to our ports. He then takes their stories and relays them in a consumer-facing way, to better educate, inform and enthuse chefs, restaurateurs, food service and media professionals and the general public. He writes technical, creative and PR copy for commercial fishing and food/lifestyle publications and is a regular features contributor to Country Life magazine. Mike has a particular interest in the Under 10 metre, inshore fishing fleet and its economic importance, heritage and sustainability in the communities that it supports. He also conducts bespoke tours for interested parties to fishing ports and markets around the UK, where they get to ’meet the fishermen’ and are shown the 'net to plate’ story and the work involved in the sustainable harvesting of our seas. His blog ‘A Passion for Seafood’ has twice been shortlisted for the Guild of Food Writers Best Food Blog in 2016/17. Mike is a Patron of the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, a Trustee of the charity Fishing Into The Future and Project and Business Development Manager for the Shellfish Association of Gt Britain. He is also an active member of the Guild of Food Writers.

Alan Steer (Trustee): Fisherman, Devon

I am a third-generation crab fisherman from the small fishing village of Beesands, Devon. I started fishing with my father whilst I was still at school and by the age of 14 I had 20 pots around the shore catching crab, lobster and spider crab. In 1997, my farther retired and I took over the day to day running of the business and skippering the Superb-us. I have always had a strong passion for everything to do with the sea. When I am not out on the Superb-us working strings of crab pots you can find me in my small beach boat diving for scallops or rod and line fishing for Bass. I feel strongly about providing a long term sustainable future for generations to come. Both environmentally and economically. My role in “Fishing into the Future” (FitF) started in January 2013 when I was invited by the International Sustainability Unit (ISU) to sit on the Steering group to develop FitF from an idea. I am Vice Chairman of South Devon & Shellfishermen.

Sean Dennison (Trustee): Fisherman, Orkney

Sean Dennison is both an active fisherman from Orkney as well as the Vice Chairman of Fishing into the Future. He runs a 12m ‘vivier’ crab boat and represents the Orkney Sustainable Fisheries Association. Sustainability has always been close to his heart as a fisherman. He fishes for brown crab, lobsters and velvet crabs. He was approached by the ISU as they were looking for fishermen who are interested in fishing sustainably.

Steve Mackinson (Trustee): Senior Research Scientist, Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association

Steve Mackinson began his career working with Canadian herring fishermen in the late 90s. It was then he realised that when science is not well connected with reality, there are missed opportunities for research and management. Ever since, Steve has taken a keen interest in building stronger collaboration among scientists, stakeholders and policy - so it was an exciting opportunity to join the SPFA in 2016 as their first Chief Scientific Officer. His current role is to bring industry data in to the scientific arena so that it can contribute to the knowledge base underpinning stock assessments and research on changes in the marine environment. It draws upon 17 years’ experience at Cefas working on fisheries acoustics, investigating changes in the North Sea food-web, ecosystem modelling and leading the EU-wide science-industry collaborative research projects GAP1 & 2 (www.gap2.eu). Steve has been involved with Fishing into the Future since its inception and is currently an essential member of the Executive Committee team.

Jimmy Buchan (Trustee): Scotland

James - better known within industry circles as Jimmy - has had a full and varied career across different sectors of the fishing industry. Leaving school in 1976, he started a career at sea and was Skipper and vessel owner within 10 years. Having fished the North Sea most of his career as a whitefish skipper and latterly concentrating on Nephrops. Jimmy then went on to build a seafood supply company focusing on quality and brand in both e-commerce and local supply chain. He served as a board member and Chairman of the Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation and served two terms on the Peterhead Port Authority board. Jimmy took up a new role as Chief Executive Officer at the Scottish Seafood Association in 2017 and has continued to serve the processing sector in an ever-changing landscape. Jimmy is a current serving Seafish board member and is passionate champion of the whole seafood supply chain.

Adrian Bartlett (Executive Committee): South Devon

Adrian Bartlett from South Devon started fishing in 1987, starting as a deckhand then working his way up to skipper on Crabbing boats or potters based in Kingswear South Devon. Adrian has fished for Edible brown crabs, native lobster and other shellfish all around the UK coast but mainly built his crabbing career in the English Channel in the tidal waters North of Alderney (Channel Islands) on various boats and for various owners. After working in the industry for 28 years and being passionate about the UK Seafish Industry, an opportunity arose where he could share his knowledge and passion with the UK public and chefs to show how good UK Shellfish is to eat and how easy it is to pick a crab without fear, so Crabstock Shellfish Festival was born! Crabstock Festivals UK the Uks only inland seafood festival, Crabstock is about teaching people about the health benefits of eating Great British shellfish as well as the social and economic importance of supporting the country’s fishing industry. I fully believe that our shellfish is the best in the world and that we should do all that we can to keep all our wonderful, nutritious, sustainable shellfish on the menu. Crabstock is (also) a fantastic opportunity to engage local inland communities.” Since 2015 Adrian’s pop up shellfish Fruit-de-mer restaurant Crab’Stock & 2 Smoking Lobsters which is located at various food festivals around the UK is going from strength to strength, with more location happening on every year. Adrian is also a part of the Crabstock boys with Andy Hunting demoing shellfish and seafood simply Adrian preps and Andy makes some really simple shellfish and fish dishes.

Gary Hodgson (Trustee): Fish Processor, Yorkshire

Chantelle Williams (Trustee): Owner of Fresh From The Boat

As the wife of a local fishermen, I am 100% proud in what we do. For many years I have worked in an office and decided to take a leap into the great ocean a few years ago, by supporting my husband in what he does! Fresh From The Boat was born, I had goals and a vision but nothing prepared me for our achievements so far. It’s not easy working in the fish industry and its full of difficult times, long hours and political battles, many of which I didn't know would even exist. But it is the most rewarding industry, one of the largest families I am proud of being part of. Fresh From Boat started by supplying a few local businesses with our fish, the list of people who stock our fish is now huge, I sell our Fish at Tuppenny Barn, Local Fish Mongers, Stansted Park Farm Shop, Restaurants and Pubs. Our fish box has over 150 members and our home delivery service is growing. I have been involved in many community events including the lobster pot Christmas tree, Seafood Lunch on The Emsworth Quay, we created an award winning film, we attended The Queens Patrons Lunch, have worked closely with the Fishermen's Mission and most importantly have an amazing community who support us through the highs and lows of running a Fish Boat & Fish Business.

Glen Milligan (Trustee): Fisherman, Portsmouth

I own a small inshore commercial fishing boat, Nicole -M, from Portsmouth. I fish the waters around the Isle of Wight, specialising in catching Sea Bass, using only rod and line methods as I strongly believe in sustainability and low impact!

Peter Bruce (Trustee): Fisherman, Peterhead

Peter Bruce is a fishermen from Peterhead. He has been fishing in the North Sea for 43 years. Over 36 years has been spent as skipper of the Budding Rose PD284. His present vessel, Budding Rose PD418, was built in Campbeltown in 1990 . Peter has always championed and spoken up for the fishing industry in many different ways over the years. One of his proudest achievements was being voted as demersal fishermen of the year in 2017.