As one of the founding members of Ocean Outcomes, Perry has played a leading role across the landscape of sustainable seafood over the past decade. Prior to the launch of Ocean Outcomes in 2015, Perry worked with the Wild Salmon Center on sustainable salmon fishery initiatives across the Pacific Rim.
Perry also works hard to keep himself firmly rooted in local fisheries. As a second-generation Bristol Bay fisherman, Perry is tuned into the benefits a well-managed fishery can bring. Endless mid-summer days spent working the rich waters of Nushagak Bay with his family serve as an annual reminder that sustainability brings more than economic stability – well-run fisheries also help us engage with the natural world and connect with tradition, culture, and history.
Responsible, science-based management also preserves the resource for the next generation. A keen reminder as Perry and his wife welcome their first child in May – probably a little early to start fishing this season, but next summer he is looking forward to breaking in the new Bristol Bay recruit!
Perry’s dream of a sustainable future echoes Ocean Outcomes’ vision of “...healthy aquatic ecosystems, a plentiful and profitable wild seafood supply, and thriving fishing communities.” How do we get there? Perry thinks it looks something like this:
- Global fisheries transformed by science-based management policies that are effectively enforced
- Equitable access to resources for all people
- Gradual transition to a less impactful diet of more seafood and plants
Learn more about the work Perry and the crew at Ocean Outcomes do at: www.oceanoutcomes.org
Perry also offered a great book recommendation. Pick up a copy of Ian Urbina’s The Outlaw Ocean, which Perry suggests as a “rigorous and academic approach” to uncovering many of the ocean-focused issues we are working to address.
“In this utterly groundbreaking, often disturbing book, Ian Urbina has put his life on the line to lay bare the stunning inhumanity that reigns unchecked over two-thirds of Earth’s surface. This constantly astonishing book is seasoned with rare heroes—the author himself among them—who at great risk have weaponized their lifelong quest to shine righteous light and apply justice to the cruel anarchy that reigns over the majority of the planet.”
—Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words and Song for the Blue Ocean