Ryan may not work on a fishing boat, but he’s been on deck his entire career for the Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries. He covered the northern cod moratorium in 1992 as Fisheries Reporter for the St. John’s Telegram, and led The Independent newspaper in an investigation of NL’s place in Canada, with particular attention to the once-huge fisheries. Ryan later served a term as Member of Parliament for St. John's South-Mount Pearl, with most of that spent with the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. After politics, Ryan formed FISH-NL, a breakaway union for the province’s inshore fish harvesters, and was working as a fishery consultant before taking the lead in the spring of 2021 to organize SEA-NL. Ryan was hired as SEA-NL's first Executive Director on Feb. 19th, 2022
Rhonda Larmand is a Newfoundlander who worked in Alberta for years as Lead Coordinator/Recruiter/Human Resources Specialist for a major company in the oil fields of Western Canada. Rhonda has since returned home and and has made it her life mission to help keep people here and employed in the fishery. Rhonda was hired full-time as SEA-NL's Outreach Coordinator in September, 2022.