Board Members

Mike Weber Mike Weber has played a variety of roles in advancing ocean conservation over the last 40 years. From 2006 to 2018, Mike served as Program Officer for Oceans, Coasts and Fisheries at the Resources Legacy Fund in Sacramento, California. In that time, he developed and oversaw programs on coastal and marine conservation in California, sustainable fisheries in California and abroad, and the design and implementation of California’s network of marine protected areas. From 1980 to 1990, he directed U.S. and international programs on marine protected areas, sea turtle conservation, and fisheries conservation at the Center for Marine Conservation in Washington, DC. From 1990 to 1994, Michael served as Special Assistant to the Director of the National Marine Fisheries Service in the United States Department of Commerce. From 1999 to 2003, he served as an advisor to the California Fish and Game Commission in implementation of the Marine Life Management Act, California’s principal ocean fisheries law. He has written dozens of articles and reports on marine conservation for foundations, NGOs, and government agencies, and has advised in the production of television specials and exhibits on marine conservation. Among other books, Mike wrote From Abundance to Scarcity: A History of U.S. Marine Fisheries Policy, published by Island Press in 2002.
Marge KolarMarge is active on several non-profit boards and is an environmental education docent at a local wildlife area. She retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the Pacific Southwest Regional Chief of fifty National Wildlife Refuges in California and Nevada. She worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C., Michigan, Washington State, and California, and was the on-site refuge manager for the seven refuges in San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay. She oversaw several seabird studies along the central California coast. Marge also taught high school physics and math in West Africa with the Peace Corps, and worked for several private consulting and manufacturing firms.
Chris DeweesChris Dewees has had a passion for fish since childhood. His earliest memories include fishing off docks in San Francisco Bay. Chris’s career revolved around research and outreach related to marine fishes and the human dimensions of fisheries management. His graduate training was in fisheries biology and human ecology. Chris has worked on fisheries issues in California, British Columbia, Alaska, Chile and New Zealand while working as a Marine Fisheries Specialist for the University of California Sea Grant Extension Program for 35 years in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation at UC Davis. He is currently Marine Fisheries Specialist, Emeritus at UC Davis. When he isn’t out fishing, Chris uses art as a creative way to share his passion and knowledge of fish with others. Since 1968, he has honed his skills in Japanese fish printing (gyotaku). His works have been featured in many individual and group exhibitions around the world.
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