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Women of the Sea at Edible Institute 2012

We are especially looking forward to our all-woman panel devoted to sustainable seafood at Edible Institute. Moderated by journalist Clare Leschin-Hoar, WOMEN OF THE SEA: SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD CHALLENGES IN CALIFORNIA, promises to be a inside look at the challenges facing fishermen and fisherwomen in California when it comes to providing seafood that is local, sustainable, and fresh! Click here for tickets to Edible Institute.

Panelist bios:

California-based journalist Clare Leschin-Hoar covers fishing, sustainable seafood and ocean trends as they relate to our food system. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Eating Well, Grist and many more. Last May, Clare was selected as a 2011 Seafood Champion by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She’s currently covering the food politics beat twice a week for TakePart.com, a Participant Media company.

Stephanie Mutz has two fundamental commitments to the local marine resources: she is a commercial fisherman working out of Santa Barbara, and a biology adjunct professor at Ventura Community College. Stephanie fishes predominantly for urchins and snails, and operates her own boat (www.seastephaniefish.com). She is involved in many additional fisheries, working on other boats in the harbor, and strives to keep her seafood close to Santa Barbara by selling directly to the community. Her main goal is to link the relationship with the harvesters to the community with the food they eat. Stephanie is the President of the local fishermen’s association, Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara (CFSB – www.cfsb.info), which integrates regional efforts of fishing communities with the aim of improving the economic and biological sustainability of fisheries. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from UCSB, and received her Master’s of Science degree at the School of Marine and Tropical Biology at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

Helene York Director of Strategic Sourcing and Research, Bon Appétit Management Company, and Director of the Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation. Helene plays two important roles for Bon Appétit. As director of strategic sourcing and research, she is responsible for identifying new products and managing supply chains, reporting, and supplier relations for the company’s Farm to Fork program and other initiatives. As director of the Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation since its inception in 2005, she works to educate chefs and consumers about how their food choices affect the global environment and to catalyze changes in the supply chain. In April 2007, Helene launched the company’s Low Carbon Diet program, designed to raise awareness of the connection between the food system and climate change and to reduce emissions associated with Bon Appétit’s food service operations by 25% over five years, in which it succeeded. Helene has also been instrumental in shifting corporate purchasing away from threatened fish species and toward sustainably sourced supplies. She was a founding board member of the nonprofit FishChoice.com and is currently a director of Humane Farm Animal Care. In 2010 she was named a Seafood Champion by Seafood Choices Alliance. Since 2009 she has been a regular contributor to the Atlantic Monthly online. Helene earned an undergraduate degree at Harvard and a master’s degree at Yale.

Anna Larsen is a quality control manager for seafood company and makes a habit out of killing listeria and banishing e. coli. She is also the founder of the SF Bay Area seafood CSA, Siren SeaSA. Siren SeaSA was formed with the goal of connecting young fishermen directly to a customer base that will encourage them to choose sustainable fishing methods.

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