The People

Leadership

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Keith Carpenter President & Executive Director

Keith was raised in Southern California and started commercial fishing in June of 1969 and fished for a living through 1980. He fished for salmon and herring in Southeast Alaska, Bristol Bay, Puget Sound and San Francisco Bay as both a purse seiner and gillnetter. He has also trolled off the Washington and British Columbia coasts for salmon and tuna and spent time diving for herring roe in Prince William Sound.

Keith temporarily left the fishing business as he went to work as a commercial foodservice rep and later co-founded the Wood Stone Corporation in 1990. During his time with Wood Stone, Keith was introduced to Lummi Island Wild. He purchased his first reefnet gear in 2006 and his second in 2014.

What am I eating?

Alaskan Weathervane Scallops sautéed

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Riley Starks Marketing Manager

Riley graduated from Western Washington University in 1972, and bought his first fishing boat the following spring, having never fished before. He never looked back, and has been a commercial fisherman for 45 years. After moving to Lummi Island in 1992, he bought a reefnet gear and helped start Lummi Island Wild. He also created Nettles Farm and the modern Willows Inn. While taking an active role in the farm-to-table movement, he constantly worked to weave the sustainable fishery into the Willows Inn, taking it all the way to Italy for the 2004 first Slow Food Terra Madre. He now works full time marketing for Lummi Island Wild Co-op, which is truly dear to his heart.

What am I eating?

Albacore Tuna Loin Medallions sautéed with rice

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Ian Kirouac Reefnet Fleet Manager

Ian was introduced to reefnetting while studying Pacific Northwest maritime industry and history at The Evergreen State College. In 2003 the co-op was just forming and it was love at first sight. It was also the perfect opportunity to combine his background in sales and marketing to indulge his passion for the environment and sustainability. Ian frequently says, “I wouldn't be a commercial fisherman if it weren't for reefnetting.” Now over ten years later, Ian manages reefnet fleet operations, captains a gear, and manages the web and social media.

On the water, Ian earned the nickname Ahab for his early morning starts and tireless pursuit of illusive salmon schools. Off the water, Ian is passionate about helping small businesses thrive, and is an avid outdoor enthusiast –completing a successful thru-hike of the 2,160 mile Appalachian Trail.

What am I eating?

Baker Lake Wild Sockeye Fillets grilled with root veggie side

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Susanne Lucke Financial Officer

Susanne was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated from the University of Virginia. She spent ten years in the Navy as a helicopter pilot and retired from the Reserves in 2008. She was able to travel the world and loved the opportunity to meet new people and learn about other cultures.

She moved with her family (husband and two daughters) to Bellingham, WA in 2006 and they fell in love with the area and the multitude of outdoor activities that it offers.

Susanne started with Lummi Island Wild Co-op as their bookkeeper in 2007. She learned about reefnet fishing and sustainability, and was introduced to the best tasting sockeye salmon in the world. Susanne was brought on as a partner in 2009 and while her main purpose is financial, she also enjoys interacting with customers, planning logistics and swapping recipes with other foodies.

What am I eating?

Baker Lake Wild Sockeye Fillets lightly grilled with a soy, orange and garlic glaze

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Stan Bianchi Board of Advisors

Stan Bianchi was raised in Bellingham, WA and graduated from Western Washington University with a BS in mathematics and a MEd in administration. Stan taught high school for 32 years and at Whatcom Community College for 16 years. He began commercial fishing in 1960 on a reefnet gear off of Lummi Island. He has either fished or owned a reefnet site for the last 55 years. Stan gillnetted in Bristol Bay, Alaska for 30 years and has gillnetted and crab fished in Puget Sound. He became a partner in Lummi Island Wild in 2007. Stan has long believed that fish could be better cared for, resulting in an improved product. He knows that LIW has the best quality salmon in the world. Catching salmon via reefnet gears is the most environmental friendly, sustainable way to fish.

What am I eating?

Smoked Wild Keta Salmon

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Stella 1st Mate & Truffle Hunter

Stella is a Lagotto Romagnolo, born in July 2014 in Sequim, WA. She is one of a long line of Italian water dogs, an ancient breed, and mother of the poodle. She makes her living helping her Papa Riley on the boat, and also finding truffles.

What am I eating?

Cooked salmon skins, kibble, and occasional albacore juice