Aquaculture North America

Virtual Event
Women in North American Aquaculture Summit 2024
September 5, 2024 at 11:00am EST

11:00 am-11:50 am
Panel: Seafood and Gender Equality (SAGE)

Moderated by Julie Kuchepatov, Founder of Seafood and Gender Equality (SAGE)
Panelists: Daisy Berg, Becca Williams, Cameron Moore

Julie Kuchepatov

Julie (she/her) is a proven thought leader in two global movements: sustainable seafood and fair trade. She has spent her career working directly with a variety of stakeholders in the seafood sector to address some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges in global seafood production.

Her current efforts to build gender equality in the seafood sector rest on a foundation of more than two decades of experience working in sustainable fisheries to improve their environmental performance. Her career began in 1994 as part of a team running one of the most successful Atlantic salmon sport fishing lodges in the Russian Arctic for 13 years.

Daisy Berg Bio

Daisy’s history in the seafood industry runs deep, starting at the early age of 9 in her family’s seafood business in New Mexico. Her father supplied fresh seafood to high-end restaurants in Albuquerque and Northern New Mexico and later opened several seafood markets that her mother operated. After leaving New Mexico, Daisy spent a few years in Atlanta, working with a small distributor specializing in sushi grade tuna.

In 2006 she relocated to the Pacific Northwest where she joined a chain of grocery stores called New Seasons Market. She is currently the Program & Category Manager- Seafood for New Seasons Market in the Portland Metro and Southern Washington. She is a champion for sustainable seafood, sourcing product and building relationships with small, local wild capture fisheries and global aquaculture operations.

Daisy’s commitment to sustainable fisheries extends beyond sourcing; she served on the board of the Salish Center for Sustainable Fishing Methods and contributes to the Seafood Shelf Life Advisory Committee—a NOAA Saltonstall-Kennedy project.

Becca Williams Bio

Bio: Becca (she/her) has worked in the field of gender equity for over ten years in a variety of capacities: as a program director, advocate, researcher, and ally working alongside diverse groups. She has spent her career cultivating communities of care and practice around transformative visions that center on resilience, equity, and intersectionality.
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Becca has travelled to over 25 countries. She has worked with women’s groups in Costa Rica and Guyana to better understand the intersections between gender equality and sustainability and has collaborated with communities in Kenya, Peru, and the US to develop gender equity, antiracism, and violence prevention and response initiatives.

Cameron Moore Bio

Cameron Moore (she/they/he) provides support for a wide range of programming at SAGE, applying an intersectional lens and holistic approach to uplift women and gender minorities in seafood. Prior to joining SAGE, Cameron was a National Park Ranger for the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Tennessee.
During their undergraduate studies, they researched urban fishing around Tampa Bay, Florida, earning a B.A. in Environmental Studies with minors in Coastal Management, Biology, and Visual Arts from Eckerd College. In her free time, you can find Cameron playing with her dogs Yogi and Baloo!


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