Dr. Willy Goldsmith is the Founder and Principal of Pelagic Strategies LLC, a fisheries research and policy consultancy that supports diverse organizations in their efforts to secure a sustainable future for our oceans. He has over a decade of experience in marine fisheries science and policy, balancing time spent on the water with efforts to improve management approaches and outcomes. Prior to founding Pelagic Strategies, Willy served as Executive Director of the American Saltwater Guides Association, where he worked on behalf of fishing guides, small businesses, and conservation minded recreational anglers. Previously, he was a Senior Associate with the Lenfest Ocean Program and a 2018 Sea Grant Knauss Fellow in the office of Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). He obtained his PhD in Marine Science with a sub-concentration in Marine Policy from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at William and Mary, where his dissertation focused on characterizing the biological impacts and human dimensions of the U.S. east coast recreational Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery. He received his B.A. from Harvard University. An avid angler, Willy lives in Gloucester, MA, and whenever he has a free moment you can find him plying his local waters for anything that swims.