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The Role of the Fund Advisory Committee (FAC)

The Fund Advisory Committee acts as the guardian of the mission of CFF and maintains focus on meeting the broader goals and objectives of CFF. Members provide oversight of the environmental stewardship, community, and other mission-based objectives of CFF and ensure that state and local needs and issues are thoroughly considered. After considering each loan, the FAC will submit their formal recommendation for approval or denial to the board.

David Crabbe

David Crabbe has been a commercial fisherman in California for thirty years. He has fished with traps, purse seine, drum seine and gillnet for salmon, black cod, Petrale sole, squid, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, halibut and rockfish. David worked with EDF to organize and facilitate a crab steering committee to discuss commercial crab fishery management issues. This project led to the passage of SB-1690 which mandates the creation of a crab task force charged with resolving long-standing crab management issues. He also worked on a project to conduct interviews with Morro Bay fishers in order to document interest and ability to fish with fixed gear and lease ground fish quota share from The Nature Conservancy. David has been actively involved in shaping California fishery management through his role as a Central California regional stakeholder for the MLPA process, as well as his service on the California squid advisory board and the Fishery Advisory Board for the Monterey Bay Sanctuary. He lives in Carmel, CA with his wife and four children.

Chris Dewees

Chris Dewees recently retired as the statewide Marine Fisheries Specialist at the University of California Sea Grant Extension Program - a position he held for 35 years. Before this, he worked as a commercial salmon fishermen, which inspired his interest in fisheries issues. Throughout his career, Dewees studied commercial and recreational fisheries in California, Alaska, British Columbia and New Zealand. He specialized in fisheries management alternatives including restricted access, individual transferable quotas, and technology transfer. He has also worked on a number of innovative projects such as the Spring Run Chinook Salmon Workgroup, which sought to improve salmon habitats by engaging fishermen, farmers, loggers and others in constructive dialogs. He also worked with the U.S. Department of Energy and UC Berkeley to help fishermen retrofit their boats with fuel-efficient technologies. Dewees helped implement the California Marine Life Management Act by conducting the peer-review process, and coedited the 2001 publication, California's Living Marine Resources: A Status Report. He spent three sabbatical leaves in New Zealand, the most recent being in 2006 when he organized a study tour for 20 fishing community leaders from the United States. Dewees holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from University of Redlands, a master's degree in Fisheries from Humboldt State University, and a PhD. in Ecology from UC Davis. In addition to serving on the CFF Advisory Committee, Dewees spends his retirement fishing, playing tennis, and pursuing his art of Gyotaku (Japanese fish printing).

Samuel P. Schuchat

Samuel P. Schuchat became Executive Officer of the Coastal Conservancy in July 2001. He is also the Secretary to the California Ocean Protection Council and the Chairman of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. He serves on the boards of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority, the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. He was the Executive Director of the Federation of State Conservation Voter Leagues from 1998 to 2001; the Federation is the trade association of 26 environmental Political Action Committees (PAC) in as many states. From 1992 to 1998 he was the Executive Director of the California League of Conservation Voters, the nation's largest and oldest state environmental PAC with 25,000 members. Mr. Schuchat has an extensive background in fund-raising and management of not-for-profit organizations. He has worked as a community and union organizer, has raised money for community art projects, and was the deputy director of Sacramento AIDS foundation in the late 1980s. He served on the California Fish and Game Commission from 1999 to 2004 including two years as Vice-President. He is currently serving on the Board of Temple Sinai in Oakland. He received his BA in Political Science at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1983, and his MA in Public Administration at San Francisco State University in 1989. He is an avid cyclist and birdwatcher, and has backpacked all over the Eastern and Western United States. He resides in Oakland with his wife and daughter.

Gil Sylvia

Gil Sylvia is a Marine Resource Economist, Superintendent of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES) and Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, Oregon State University. Dr. Sylvia has a Master's Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University (1983) and a Ph.D. in Marine Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island (1989). His research focuses on fishery and aquaculture management and policy, seafood marketing, and bioeconomic modeling. Gil has published in numerous economic and fishery management journals and consulted in a variety of national and international fishery and aquaculture projects. He recently served on a committee of the National Research Council for improving collaborative fishery research, and presently serves on a committee developing Sea Grant's national fishery and seafood strategic implementation plan. As Superintendent of COMES, the largest applied marine research group in Oregon, he has worked in close collaboration with the fishing/seafood industry, coastal communities, and management agencies to increase benefits from utilizing and sustaining West Coast marine resources. COMES signature programs include the Pacific Whiting Project, Molluskan Broodstock Program, Community Seafood Initiative, Surimi Technology School, Astoria Seafood Laboratory, Salmon Ecology Initiative, and Project CROOS (Collaborative Research on Oregon Ocean Salmon).

Richard Young

Richard Young is currently the CEO and Harbormaster of the Crescent City Harbor District. From 1980 until 2004 he was the owner and operator of two commercial fishing vessels, participating in the West Coast groundfish trawl, shrimp, and Dungeness crab fisheries. He was elected President and Vice-President of the Fishermen's Marketing Association representing trawlers from California, Oregon, and Washington, and was active in the design of the groundfish buyback program. He served fifteen years on the Pacific Fishery Management Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee, was a member of two National Research Council committees, and has participated in a number of fishery research and management activities. From 1978-1979 he was an assistant professor at the Naval Postgraduate School. He earned a BA in economics from Humboldt State University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1979.

Sonke Mastrup (Ex-Officio, Non-Voting Member)

Sonke Mastrup is Executive Director of the California Fish and Game Commission.