Staff

Amanda Barney

CEO

Before serving as Teem Fish’s initial CEO, Amanda worked for seven years running and growing Ecotrust Canada’s innovative and mission driven fisheries monitoring programs. For over 2 decades Amanda has worked in commercial fisheries on both coast’s in North America with a focus on creating solutions to the issues of allocation, sustainability and economics that this industry faces. With education and experience in fisheries oceanography, biology, economics, policy analysis, data capture and analysis, as well as practical experience on vessels and a lifetime living in fishing communities, Amanda brings a holistic view to EM technology and program design.

Miranda Finch

Operations Manager

Miranda is Teem Fish Monitoring’s newest recruit. She has an education in mechanical engineering, a background in water planning, project delivery and community outreach and a keenness for environmental conservation and action. Miranda wants to use her knowledge and experience to create sustainable solutions for communities around the world. Outside of the office, she loves exploring the great outdoors through cycling, paddling, skiing, and rock climbing.

Ashley Griffin

Video Analyst

Ashley is a Video Analyst who graduated from the University of Maine, in Orono, in 2015 with a BS in Marine Biology. Following graduation, she began working with the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program as a sea going technician and advancing to a data debriefer during her time with the program. Throughout her time at sea, Ashley became familiar with the trawl, gillnet, and longline fisheries, all of which sparked an interest to continue in the pursuit of a career that encompassed a more collaborative approach to fisheries management. Ashley is a native New Englander who has a deep passion for preserving the local fishing communities and what they represent. Ashley started with Teem Fish in January 2020 and in addition to her Video Analyst role, frequently assists in Project Coordination. Outside of the office, she loves hiking, boating, and lounging on the beach.

Alex Min

Business Innovation Intern (complete)

Alex is a business innovation intern who is currently attending the University of San Francisco, in San Francisco, CA for a Masters of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Previously, Alex served six years in the United States Coast Guard, where he deployed six times to the Eastern Pacific to conduct counter-narcotics operations and fisheries boardings. He also served as an exercise planner for the Pacific regional office, where he trained staff and the organization on emergency preparedness, planning, and disaster response. Alex holds a Graduate Certificate from Oregon State in Fisheries Management and a Bachelors of Science in Marine Environmental Science from the United States Coast Guard Academy. Alex joined Teem Fish in January 2022 as part of the University of San Francisco’s internship course when he saw Amanda Barney, Teem Fish CEO on an Environmental Defense Fund video speaking on emerging technology and fisheries of the future. Alex loves working with Teem’s Team and shares that he has never seen a more dedicated group of people who believe in what they are doing. Outside of work, Alex is an avid fisherman and loves taking his dog Poppy fishing with him. (Internship Completed)

Danny Atehortua Millan

EM Technician

Danny Atehortua Millan is an Electronic Engineering Technologist from Colombia. He began working with Teem Fish in 2022, Danny has experience troubleshooting systems that use monitoring cameras, including diagnosing, repairing or replacing electronic parts. He also has experience setting-up and updating of software, along with repairing HVAC systems. With this technical knowledge Danny hopes to help the community. Outside of the office, he likes to hang out with friends, see new places, go jogging, swimming or enjoy a game of ping pong as well as watching movies with his family.

Kelsey Blair

Application Engineer & Technology Manager

Kelsey is an application engineer and resident tech guru at Teem Fish Monitoring. She graduated from the University of Victoria with her degree in Electrical Engineering. Passionate about technology, Kelsey loves being able to use her knowledge to help communities. At home in Vancouver, she enjoys trying out new recipes, video games, and keeping her houseplants alive.

Jillian DiMaio

New England Groundfish Project Manager/Fisheries Director

Jillian began her professional career in fisheries in 2010 as an At-Sea Monitor of the New England Groundfish fleet. Working offshore in trawl, gillnet, and longline fisheries, Jillian soon expanded into other fisheries observer programs and gear types and moved on to work an Area Coordinator and Assistant Program Manager for the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program. Jillian’s education, experience, and interests have consistently focused around collaboration of policy, sustainability, and local engagement to achieve stated goals for the communities she represents. Jillian started with Ecotrust Canada in September 2018. With Teem Fish she is currently helping to manage the operational and logistical aspects of the New England Groundfish project.

Patrick Nugent

Fisheries Technical Specialist

Patrick Nugent has extensive professional experience in fisheries monitoring and management, environmental management and fisheries information systems.  For more than a decade he has worked with MRAG starting as an observer in the Indian Ocean and has been extensively involved in the management and development of the ICCAT Transhipment, ICCAT Bluefin Tuna, and IOTC regional observer programmes. From 2014 to 2018 he was the programme manager of the ICCAT Transhipment ROP, ICCAT Bluefin Tuna ROP as well as CCAMLR area.

Patrick has been involved in electronic monitoring work since 2014. He has managed a variety of EM projects including an extensive multi-phase audit of an EMS against ISSF standards, development of a business case focusing on cost recovery options for EM for the Ghanaian tuna purse seine fleet, and a project investigating using EM to assess compliance with the landing obligation on pelagic trawlers. He has also contributed to the EM section of a report commissioned by the MSC regarding MCS best practices.

Alaina Pyde

Project Coordinator & Fisheries Liaison

Alaina started working with Teem Fish in 2021. She has a degree in Marine Biology and completed her undergraduate thesis on Lobsters through the University of New Brunswick in 2020. Alaina has a passion for fisheries and believes in a holistic approach to fisheries management. In her free time Alaina enjoys going to the gym, completing puzzles, and recreationally fishing.

Rob Novlesky

EM Technician

Robin joined Teem Fish as a technician in November 2020. A credentialled technologist in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Robin maintains the physical hardware deployed in Area A. He believes that technology’s purpose is to make lives better in as unobtrusive a manner as is possible. In his spare time, Robin enjoys designing electronic devices and photographing all the natural wonder that Prince Rupert has to offer.