Hello FishWise readers!
I’m Chase Martin and I am thrilled to join the FishWise team as the Communications Project Manager. I will be leading FishWise’s internal and external communications activities to amplify our mission and drive storytelling around our work in seafood sustainability.
My love for the ocean and seafood was influenced by my childhood in the American deep south, where I grew up fishing the salt marshes of the Georgia coast and hunting for shark teeth along the beaches of eastern Florida.
I bring to FishWise a unique background in communications and marine conservation. My original plans to become a marine biologist took a turn when I majored in Journalism at the University of Georgia, but my passion came full circle when I completed my M.A.S. in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where I concentrated my studies on fisheries and seafood sustainability. My research culminated in a genetic analysis of octopus specimens from Southern California seafood markets, detailing which species were present and the possible fisheries, taxonomic, and resource implications of these products. After grad school, I worked in the communications department of Conservation International’s D.C. office, where I focused on media relations and press outreach around CI’s conservation work. I am very excited to have the opportunity to combine my communications skills and passion for the ocean through my position at FishWise.
As most ocean lovers, I enjoy being in the water whenever I can, whether it’s bodyboarding, swimming, freediving, or paddle boarding. I also enjoy cooking (sustainable) seafood and channeling my marine passions through painting and other artistic outlets.