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Real people who help shape the process: This issue, meet Lori Steele, NEFMC staffer

NEWBURYPORT, MA – After 18 years as a staffer for the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC), Lori Steele is moving to the other side of the country – and the other side of the table.

Steele will be leaving the council in early October to take over the helm at the Portland, OR-based West Coast Seafood Processors Association (WCSPA) starting on Nov. 2.

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Lori Steele – Fishery Analyst, Atlantic Herring, New England Fishery Management Council (Photo courtesy of Lori Steele)

The WCSPA is an industry-funded advocacy organization that represents shoreside seafood processors in Washington, Oregon, and California.

“It’s going to be a big change.  I’m really excited.  Ever since I got my degree in marine biology, I’ve wanted to work on the industry’s side as a fishery advocate,” Steele said.

But opportunities like this were few and far between in New England, she added.

Steele grew up in Virginia Beach, and earned her bachelor’s degree in marine biology at the University of Miami in Florida.  She later earned a masters degree in coastal environmental management at Duke University before coming north.

“But I’ve never been a fan of the weather in New England,” she said.

The WCSPA job was one that she had her eye on for some time.

Steele said she had heard WCSPA Executive Director Rod Moore speak at conferences and frankly coveted his job.

“I’ve often thought he has the kind of job I’ve always wanted …

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