How Fisherwomen’s Trips Break Barriers and Preserve Marine Ecosystems

For the past year, Gatherer Outfitters, a family-owned fishing charter company operating in the Bay Area, has been organizing all-female fishing trips to challenge gender stereotypes and empower women in the industry. However, this year brings a significant change as fishery managers have decided to cancel the salmon fishing season along the California coast. The decision aims to protect the declining Chinook salmon population, impacted by climate change and dam construction. The cancellation poses economic implications for the fishing industry, impacting a sector worth $1.4 billion and supporting 23,000 jobs. Despite this setback, Gatherer Outfitters and other businesses are exploring alternative species like halibut to sustain their operations amidst this unprecedented change.


  • Lisa Setyon-Ortenzio

    Lisa Setyon-Ortenzio is a trilingual French-raised journalist and graduate of NYU School of Journalism who is passionate about shining a light on issues impacting underserved and often marginalized communities. Prior to enrolling at Stanford, she worked for 2-years as a field producer for France Télévisions in Washington D.C. She covered an array of subjects including the presidential election of 2020, the COVID-19 crisis, Black Lives Matter Protests, Roe v. Wade being overturned and global economic and business matters. She has previously worked as a freelance multimedia journalist in Paris and as a production assistant at ABC News in New York. She is particularly engaged in topics of politics, race and ethnicity, data analysis, business and technology. At Stanford she is interested in incorporating more analytics and graphics into traditional media storytelling and thus promoting a more data-driven journalism that would empower readers to act in a more responsible way.

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