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Co-Chair, Coordinator & Researcher

Alexa Goodman

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.

Co-CHair, Executive Director

Aaron Stevenson

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,, Chronicle Herald, All Nova and Seafood Source News among others.

Members of FGCAC

Ashored Innovations

Association des pêcheurs professionnels crabiers acadiens inc. (APPCA)

Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs Secretariat

Atlantic Used Oil Management Association

Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition/Dalhousie Marine Affairs

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Newfoundland and Labrador

Canadian Wildlife Federation

Cape Breton Environmental Association

Clean Harbors NL

Coastal Action

Coldwater Lobster Association


Conservation Council New Brunswick


Dalhousie University

Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Ecology Action Centre

EnviroCulture Consulting


Fishermen and Scientists Research Society

Fundy North Fisherman's Association

G-Man Waste Removal

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Grand Manan Fishermen's Association

Homarus- MFU

Huntsman Marine Science Centre

Intervale Associates

Maliseet Nation Conservation Council

Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council

Maritime Fishermans Union


Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI

Municipality of Digby

Net Your Problem

New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries

NOAA Marine Debris Program via Freestone Environmental Services Contract

Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance

NunatuKavut Community Council

Oceans North

Peskotomuhkati Nation

Placentia Bay Ocean Debris Survey (PODS)

Polysteel Atlantic

Prince Edward Island Fisherman's Association

Regional Office of Environmental Coordination (ROEC), Fisheries and Oceans Canada, NL Region

Resqunit Canada Inc

RH Marine Ltd

Sonia Smith Consulting

Tangy Whale Inc.


The Lobster Trap Company

The PEI Department of Fisheries and Communities

University of New Brunswick

Université du Québec

World Wide Fund For Nature