Greg Young - Fisherman and Processor
Greg has loved fish for almost five decades. It is his passion and his life. He has braved the oceans, rivers and streams, desk jobs that crisped his sea loving soul, fisheries collapsing and economic downturns, AND through it all, his love of fishing, sourcing fish, preparing fish and bringing the freshest seafood possible to others has never dimmed. Anything fish is Greg’s life signature. In 2008, Greg and his wife Edyta launched Sandabs Seafood and Wine Bar in Scott’s Valley. Weekly, Greg processes hundreds of pounds of fresh fish for use in the restaurant, buying extensively from small-scale fishermen in Monterey Bay ports. Greg also catches and cans sardines and pickles fresh caught herring. Greg will be helping to source and fillet the best local fish each week for our CSF shares.
Oren is always on the lookout for new adventures, and they are usually connected to the water. Oren developed a strong connection to the ocean while managing a marine-focused education program on Catalina Island. Oren has also worked as a raft guide, crewed on boats, and traveled extensively (sampling seafood whenever possible). In 2009 he moved to the Monterey Peninsula to enroll at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. During his time here, he has worked as a kayak guide, become involved with the local chapter of Surfrider Foundation, and has gotten really excited about the Central Coast’s local food scene. Most recently, Oren served as a California Sea Grant State Fellow at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Oren coordinates CSF deliveries, keeps track of customers, and helps to make sure things run smoothly.
Alan grew up on the small island of Martha’s Vineyard. Surrounded by water he quickly learned to swim, dive, sail and fish for fun and for work. Stories of the wild and expansive Pacific brought Alan to Santa Cruz in 2000 to pursue an undergraduate degree at UCSC. After graduating, he headed south to teach sailing on the Sea of Cortez with the National Outdoor Leadership School. He returned a couple years later to study Marine Policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Alan has spent time working with The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International in Indonesia. Most recently he was a Sea Grant Fellow with The West Coast Governors Alliance for Ocean Health at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center and Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Alan develops new strategies, programs, and partnerships that keep oceans, people and stomachs happy.
*Each week, we will be adding information on the fishermen contributing fish for that week’s shares. Fishermen bios can be seen by clicking here.