Ocean Strategies founder Brett Veerhusen is lifelong Alaskan commercial fisherman, policy expert, strategist, and communicator. He founded Ocean Strategies in 2017 and built the nation’s go-to public affairs firm focused on seafood, fisheries, and marine resources. The firm has served over 20 clients across private and non-profit sectors.
Brett’s pioneered some of the most influential seafood and fisheries initiatives of the past decade. He helped obtain unprecedented action to protect Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble Mine in both the Obama and Trump Administrations. Previously, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Seafood Harvesters of America in Washington, D.C. Brett has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes and The Hill and regularly speaks at major events.
In 2022, he was appointed by Commerce Secretary Raimondo as a member of NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. He’s also an Impact Advisor to Fed by Blue’s four-part docuseries “Hope in the Water” produced by Emmy Award winners David E. Kelly and celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern.
Brett holds a Masters of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington and Bachelor Degrees in Business and Spanish from the University of Puget Sound. When not home in Capitol Hill (Seattle), you can find Brett running and hiking the Pacific Northwest trails. Find him on LinkedIn.