After graduating from WWU in 1972, Riley Starks bought a fishing boat and has been a lifelong commercial fisherman. In 1992, after moving to Lummi Island where reefnet fishing saturated the community, he bought one of the 50 gears then deployed in Legoe Bay, and has fished there every summer, since.
During Riley’s years on Lummi Island, he built Nettles Farm, now a culinary B&B; co-founded Lummi Island Wild, a fish company; and, from 2001-2013, created the present iteration of the Willows Inn on Lummi Island.
In 2017 Riley founded the Salish Center for Sustainable Fishing Methods with the goal of continuing the educational work he has done since 2001, first through the Willows Inn and then through Lummi Island Wild, educating people about the reefnet fishing industry and the sustainability of the Salish Sea. Where once there were hundreds of tribal reefnet gears, there are now only 11 non-tribal reefnet gears, and 1 Lummi Nation gear operating in the Salish Sea. With such small numbers, serious outreach needs to be maintained or reefnet fishing may disappear altogether. Reefnet fishing and other selective methods are the past, but also the best hope for the future of Salish Sea salmon populations.
Board of Directors
Lucas Kinley is a member of the Lummi Tribal Nation, and he has been a Commercial Fisher all of his life; following in the footsteps of his father, Larry Kinley, who died in 2018. Larry was a larger-than-life Lummi leader who is still an inspiration to tribal peoples up and down the West Coast. Lucas hopes to be as good a fisherman as his grandfather, legendary Fisher Francis ‘Goog’ Kinley.
For the past two years, Lucas has worked to reclaim his tribes heritage of reefnet fishing.
Daisy is the Seafood Program & Category Manager for New Seasons Market in Portland and Seattle and New Leaf Community Markets in Northern California. Her history in the seafood industry runs deep, starting at the early age of 9 in her family’s seafood business, Nantucket Shoals New Mexico. Her father supplied fresh seafood to high-end restaurants in the Albuquerque area and later opened several seafood markets. Daisy spent a few years in Atlanta, working with a small distributor specializing in sushi grade tuna, before relocating to the Pacific Northwest. There she joined the New Seasons team in 2006 and has overseen the seafood program since 2013, sourcing and building relationships with small, local, eco-safe fishing and farming operations. Daisy’s commitment to sustainable fisheries extends beyond New Seasons and New Leaf; she serves on the Fisheries Advisory Council (FAC) for Fair Trade Seafood and sits on the board of the Salish Center for Sustainable Fishing Methods. Daisy enjoys fishing, jumping into cold bodies of water, surfing (newbie) and running in the forest with her rescue pup Kodi.
Mike Lobaugh has 40 years in retail with Haggen NW Fresh, with positions in Operations, Merchandising and Marketing. With a passion for supporting local products, growers and producers; Mike has launched one of the first 100% sustainable seafood programs in retail.
Mike’s best memories are of fishing every summer with his Dad and Grandfather. After he had a family of his own, he and his family would spending weeks, every summer, in the San Juan Islands, fishing, crabbing and enjoying the beauty of the sea. Now Mike’s goal is to take care of the this beautiful area so his grandchildren can create wonderful memories with their own families.
Masako Kodama is a currently a Worldwide Incentive Director at Microsoft in Redmond: she helps translate Microsoft’s global vision into specific motivations for individuals. In her 20+ years at Microsoft, Masako has also helped formulate marketing research and business strategies with significant experience creating and driving projects in the most effective way. She was instrumental in Microsoft’s support for local Japanese employees and partners after the disastrous Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011.
Raised in Japan, Puerto Rico and South Africa before moving to the US, Masako holds a Bachelor of business economics from Hiroshima Prefectural University in Japan and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.
Masako is passionate about salmon and when she tasted Salish sea salmon she became an instant fan. Her goal is to share these edible treasures — and how they are sustainably harvested — with the community and the world.