Albert Arthur, Fishery Improvement Project Analyst
Albert Arthur is the Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) Reviewer for FisheryProgress. His primary role is to assure that FIPs on the website are accurate and provide full documentation and evidence of their status and progress. Albert has more than 20 years of national and international experience in fisheries biology, management, and sustainability. Before joining FishChoice in 2016, Albert worked for NOAA Fisheries and served as a consultant for FishWise and the Marine Stewardship Council. He also worked as a Quality Assurance Team Leader at Select Fish - Whole Foods Market. Originally from Chile, Albert has also served as a member of the Chilean delegation for the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation and its Scientific Committee. He also worked in Chile as a lobbyist advocating for legislation to achieve a transparent and accountable fisheries management system. Albert holds a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington and a B.S in Marine biology from the University of Concepción, Chile.
Justin Boevers, Program Director
Justin Boevers is a Program Director for FishChoice where he uses his expertise in sustainable seafood to oversee the FishChoice sustainable seafood platform, manage public communications, and guides the organization’s strategy. Justin has led the growth of FishChoices platform from a small, niche website to one of the largest seafood industry resources available today through successful relationship building and a visionary approach. Prior to FishChoice, Justin worked for the Marine Stewardship Council where he managed the progress of Walmart Stores’ industry-leading sustainable seafood commitment. Justin holds a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington and currently serves on Boards for Chef’s Collaborative and Food Alliance. Justin is a proud father and husband, who spends his leisure time fishing, skiing, and paddling.
Richard Boot, Chief Executive Officer
Richard Boot is the founder and CEO of FishChoice. Prior to founding FishChoice in 2008, Richard worked as Director of Operations for FishWise (Sustainable Fishery Advocates). At FishWise, he developed training and implementation programs for use in grocery stores’ meat and seafood departments. Richard has formed collaborations with national environmental NGOs on a variety of subjects including mercury labeling and education and sourcing of environmentally preferable seafood products. Richard serves on the Steering Committee for the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions and was a Seafood Champion finalist in 2016. Before getting involved with the sustainable seafood movement, Richard graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in Business Economics. He managed large restaurants for Chart House Inc. and Landry’s and has worked as chef, buyer, and kitchen manager in the hospitality industry.
Margaret Gilroy, Program Coordinator
Margaret Gilroy is the Program Coordinator at FishChoice. She has worked on various marine conservation projects, including a queen conch population study in the Bahamas for the Cape Eleuthera Institute and a vulnerability assessment of bivalves to ocean acidification for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. She was also a consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council on an international marine mammal bycatch project and co-authored their Net Loss report. Prior to joining FishChoice, she held different positions in the media industry where she helped coordinate and manage client campaigns. Margaret holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. Margaret owns multiple octopus home decor items and loves the color green.
Timothy Mullin, Program Manager
Tim Mullin is the Program Manager for FishChoice. Prior to joining FishChoice, Tim was a Project Associate and Fellow at Meridian Institute where he worked on national and regional ocean, coastal, and watershed policy issues. His work at Meridian includes the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, a collaborative effort of the US Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission, and the National Ocean Policy Implementation Initiative. He has also worked at Mote Marine Laboratory, where he assisted in research involving sustainable aquaculture and fisheries stock enhancement and as a professional research assistant at James Cook University’s Fishing and Fisheries Research Centre, where he worked on studies related to habitat usage and fisheries management of Australia’s sharks and rays. Tim graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in environmental studies.
Kristin Sherwood, Program Director
Kristin Sherwood is a Program Director at FishChoice, and her primary role is leading FisheryProgress, a newly released website that provides consistent, credible information about fishery improvement project progress. Kristin also helps to build organizational strategy, monitoring/evaluation and foundation relationships at FishChoice. Kristin has more than 15 years of experience in international marine and coastal conservation, with a specific focus on strategic planning, capacity building, partnership development and grant-making. Before joining FishChoice, Kristin ran the Conservation Partnership Initiative for The Nature Conservancy, and prior to that, she was a Program Officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Earlier in her career, she worked with IUCN’s marine program and spent a number of years doing research, supporting small non-profits and diving in the Pacific. Kristin holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Resource Management from James Cook University in Australia.
Mary Stevens, Operations Manager
Mary Stevens is the Operations Manager for FishChoice. Before joining the team at FishChoice, Mary worked as the Digital Content Manager for the City of Boston, managing all content for Cityofboston.gov website and its digital marketing initiatives. It was during this time that she became interested in sustainable food issues while assisting on projects for the Office of Food Initiatives. In addition to working in government technology, Mary spent six years working with the Boston Election Department helping to facilitate all local elections, as well as managing marketing campaigns to drive increased voter participation. Mary graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.