Aaron Stevenson

Aaron has a background in start-up development, management, information and communication technology, marketing, and aquaculture. Aaron has an MSc. degree in Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia, a Diploma in Computer Systems and Networks, and a Diploma in Marine Diesel Mechanics. Aaron is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ashored Inc., in which he is responsible for its growth strategy, vision, investor relations, partnership strategy, team leadership, industry thought leadership, and other key business activities.


Krista Beardy

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.  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.


Sean Burke

Sean is President of Polysteel Atlantic Limited, a rope and cordage manufacturer located in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University’s business program in Nova Scotia and holds a CPA designation. His background allows Sean to offer the FGCAC extensive industry-based knowledge regarding plastics and fishing gear along with guidance on financial and business matters. Sean has served in a volunteer capacity with a variety of non-profit and charitable organizations. In addition to the FGCAC Board, he is currently a Director of the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia and the United Way of Cape Breton. Sean provides mentoring services to a variety of businesses in the start-up phase of their development.


Darlene Norman-Brown


Darlene brings her knowledge of fishing in the Bay of Fundy from generations of a 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.


Jade Petritchenko

With the Fishermen and Scientists Research Society (FSRS), Jade has conducted collaborative science with fish harvesters across the Maritimes on topics such as ghost gear, bait use, V-notching, catch data analysis, and environmental monitoring. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Marine Biology with a minor in Sustainable Aquaculture and Fisheries Ecology from Memorial University, Newfoundland. Her focus is invertebrates, with a love for all things creepy and crawly! Jade’s Honours research project focused on reproduction in thyasirid bivalves. She has also worked with lobster, scallops, snow crabs, and Jonah crabs. Jade is passionate about baking, knitting, science fiction, and her pet hedgehogs, sugar gliders, and axolotls.


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 monthly,  in which the term of office is one year or until their successors are so elected. FGCAC members may elect Directors by resolution at each Annual General Meeting of the members.