Jessica Hathaway, outgoing editor for National Fisherman, joins the Seattle-based public affairs firm Ocean Strategies as a senior consultant and project manager.

“There’s no easy time to leave a job you know and love, but I could not pass up this opportunity to join the Ocean Strategies team,” Hathaway told NF. “The work they do aligns with my personal and professional passions for fisheries and seafood, working waterfronts, community-based fisheries, resilient marine ecosystems, and policy development.”

Hathaway joined National Fisherman, owned by Portland, Maine-based Diversified Communications, in 2006 as an associate editor. She took on the role of editor in chief in 2011.

“After 16 years, it was time to mix it up a bit. But I am not leaving,” Hathaway said. “I’ll continue to serve the industry I love so much, only now in a slightly different capacity.”

“Jes is a proven leader with an exceptional reputation coast-to-coast,” said Brett Veerhusen, founder and principal of Ocean Strategies. “Her communications and fisheries expertise will make an instant impact on our organization and elevate the work we do for our clients and projects. I couldn’t be more proud that Jes has chosen to become part of the Ocean Strategies family.”

Ocean Strategies is based in Seattle with key operations in Alaska. This hire marks the firm’s expansion to the East Coast and capacity for a growing roster of bicoastal and national projects.

About Ocean Strategies

Ocean Strategies is a versatile public affairs firm founded and led by commercial fishermen. Based in Seattle, Alaska and now Maine, the firm specializes in policy and management solutions for robust fishing communities, ocean-dependent livelihoods and marine resources. Collectively, its small and passionate crew has nearly a century of experience in U.S. commercial fisheries.

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