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DukeFish Speaker Series

DukeFish is small, hands-on, and tight-knit. Naturally, these characteristics influence the structure of our Speaker Series,.

Each semester, the DukeFish leadership team invites fisheries professionals to engage with Duke students. Our guest speakers come from all walks of fisheries-related professions, representing nonprofit organizations, academia, governmental entities, and private companies. We hold 2-3 speaker sessions per semester, and conversation is typically shared in-person and over dinner. This experience provides an unprecedented networking opportunity for those interested in fisheries and marine conservation topics.

Fall 2022  – Discussion Topics and Guest Speakers

North Carolina Fishing Industry/Business – Lin Peterson and Ryan Speckman (Founders of Locals Seafood)

Ecotourism & NC Division of Marine Fisheries – Jess Hawkins (owner of Crystal Coast EcoTours)

International NGOs – Dan Whittle (Senior Director for the Caribbean at the Environmental Defense Fund)

Fisheries Policy Consultation – Katie Latanich (Independent Consultant)

RMFOs and Fisheries Enforcement – Dr. John Virdin (Director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute) and Willa Brooks (Data Analyst at Global Fishing Watch)

NOAA – James Morris (NOAA Scientist for Coastal Resilience, Restoration and Assessment)