Inspired by more than 10 years of experience as a sea-kayak guide and nature interpreter, Krista pursued an education that focused on marine pollution issues in Atlantic Canada. As the Marine Debris Program Coordinator for southwestern New Brunswick, Krista made public education and community collaboration a top priority as she conducted community shoreline clean-ups and workshops, addressed public schools, government organizations and fishing associations, and organized marine education events and initiatives. Krista is currently an MSc. candidate and researcher with the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. With a solid background in coastal and marine ecosystem health, her current research in the field of marine pollution focuses on microplastic concentration and toxicity in the intertidal sediments and the potential for impact on benthic dwelling species in both the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of St. Lawrence regions. Her work has garnered continuing support from the government of New Brunswick, Parks Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Darlene brings her knowledge of fishing in the Bay of Fundy from generations of fishing heritage. She has been the Assistant Director for the Fundy North Fishermen’s Association in St. Andrews, New Brunswick since September 2015. Darlene is the Lead on their Ghost Gear Retrieval and Old Gear Disposal projects, and is the first point of contact for organizations and individuals looking for advice or guidance on ghost gear retrieval practices. She also helps lead both the Herring fishery and the River fishery. As part of the FGCAC, Darlene is the Lead on two Action Teams – the Best Management Practices Group and the Ghost Gear Retrieval Strategy Group. She’s also a member of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative’s Catalyze and Replicate Solutions Working Group. Prior to her role with Fundy North, she completed a 25-year career at Bell Aliant with a product consultation management portfolio encompassing the four Atlantic provinces. Darlene’s previous Board experience includes a position as a Director for the Board of Hestia House in Saint John, New Brunswick. She also served as a Director for the Board of the Fundy Region Transition House in St. Stephen, New Brunswick where she lives.
The FGCAC is composed of individuals representing different aspects of the fishing industry in Atlantic Canada. Each Director brings their own unique expertise and perspectives forward to prevent and develop sustainable solutions to end-of-life fishing gear and abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG). The Board helps manage and supervise individual FGCAC Action Teams, which focus on specific areas of concern such as responsible disposal and fishing gear land and ocean retrieval. The Board meets regularly, in which the term of office is two years or until their successors are so elected. FGCAC members may elect Directors by resolution at each Annual General Meeting of the members.