Alexa Goodman completed her Master of Marine Management at Dalhousie University in 2018, where her research focused on managing abandoned, lost, and discarded lobster fishing gear in the Bay of Fundy. Prior to working on ghost gear, her background focused on marine biology and environmental sustainability, receiving her BSc. from Dalhousie University in 2017. She’s worked with Fundy North Fishermen’s Association on their Ghost Gear Retrieval Project in the summer of 2018 and on George’s Bank in the summer of 2017 with Atlantic Catch Data as a fisheries observer, which is where she first became involved with ghost gear. Currently, she is the lead researcher and secretariat for the Fishing Gear Coalition of Atlantic Canada, where she’s become a regional expert and liaison for stakeholders engaged on the issue. She is also a research assistant with the Marine Affairs Program and School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University, the Coastal and Marine Project Coordinator for Coastal Action, is a Sustainable Oceans Alliance Youth Leader and Mentor, and is the founder and CEO of Stop Trashing It Network.
Aaron Stevenson (CEO & Co-Founder of Ashored Inc.) has a background in start-up development, management, information and communication technology, marketing, and aquaculture. Aaron has a Master’s degree in Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Saint Mary’s University, a Diploma in Computer Systems and Networks (JOT, 2000) and graduated with a Diploma in Marine Diesel Mechanics (NBCC, 1998). For Ashored, Aaron is responsible for Ashored’s growth strategy, vision, investor relations, partnership strategy, team leadership, industry thought leadership, and other key business activities.
Aaron and the Ashored Team have been featured on Bloomberg BNN, CTV National News, CBC News, Globe and Mail, CBC Radio, Entrevestor.com, Chronicle Herald, All Nova Scotia.com and Seafood Source News among others.