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Meet the Get Hooked Team​​​​​​​
Kim Selkoe

I grew up in Boston where I developed an early love of all things marine, except, ironically, the taste of seafood. I arrived in Santa Barbara in 1999 to get a Ph.D. in marine ecology at UCSB. I have been a Research Fellow at UCSB’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) for 12 years now and have projects on marine spatial planning, coral reefs and genetics.

In 2011, I teamed up with famed urchin diver Stephanie Mutz and budding fisheries activist Jon Gonzalez to launch a Community Supported Fishery program called Community Seafood.  Finally obligated to consume seafood to show support for my own CSF, I quickly realized that fresh seafood is delicious and easy to cook! Unfortunately, Community Seafood faltered from lack of capacity and ended in 2015; ever since I've wanted to start a new one.

In 2016, I began working with the Chamber of Commerce and Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara (CFSB) on a new initiative called FishSB to boost local support for our fisheries. I continue to serve as part-time executive director of CFSB and board member to the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishing Associations.

I am supported in these many endeavors by my partner, Ben Halpern, and my kids, Sadia and Max, who have all become pescatarians and benefit directly from my insider access to local seafood.


Victoria Voss
I am the daughter of a fisherman, which meant that as a child my father was away for days and sometimes many weeks at a time. The Santa Barbara fishing community was central to my childhood.  Starting at age 18, I fished 3 summers for sockeye salmon commercially with my father in Alaska. This work was a way for me to connect with him and be a part of his ocean world.  After attending Tulane University, I became involved with the Southern Poverty Law Center, where I focused on social justice issues. I finished my degree at UCSB, and then took a job with the Santa Barbara Waterfront Department. My family and I relocated to Australia for the last two years and upon returning to Santa Barbara, I had the opportunity to connect with Kim in building this CSF. Get Hooked is my way of reconnecting with my dad and the fishing legacy that runs deep in our family; I am so excited to share this tradition with my home-town community.

Maressa Garner
I grew up within a family dynamic that centered around growing, cooking and sharing food together. I came to Santa Barbara ten years ago to attend UCSB, where I became deeply interested in the importance of local food systems for reasons of personal well being, community vitality and global economy. I have worked with the Santa Barbara County Food Bank and on small organic farms driven by these factors. Falling in love with a fisherman and being welcomed into his fishing family has illuminated the industry and reignited my passion for the importance of community-driven, local resource distribution. I now consider Santa Barbara my home and am delighted to connect with and contribute to the community in this way.
Camila Vargas Poulsen

I grew up in Santiago, Chile. A landlocked city but as thin as Chile is the coastline is an hour away. From an early age, I developed a high appreciation for the ocean and seafood. I got a degree in Ecology and worked with small-scale fisherman in Chile, trying to understand how can collective action improve coastal resource management. I have been delighted by the interconnected human-ocean system learning about how to manage marine resources sustainably. This way,  provide livelihoods to fishers now and in the future.

 I moved to Santa Barbara in 2016 to get my Master’s degree at the Bren School of Environmental Management and Science. During my master’s, I worked with fishing communities in Quintana Roo, Mexico trying to understand the social, economic, and ecological benefits for fishers of marine no-take zones.

 Working with fishers, it has become clear to me that we not only need to learn about fisher’s attitude towards the resources they depend on, but we also need to involve the broader audience. Connecting the local community to the ocean by providing access to fresh local seafood,  helps boost up the local economy, provides environmental benefits, and enhances the coastal heritage.

Santa Barbara’s own Community Supported Fishery, a subscription-based program delivering the freshest catch direct from your local fishermen.
Santa Barbara’s own Community Supported Fishery, a subscription-based program delivering the freshest catch direct from your local fishermen.
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