Brett Veerhusen is a Research Associate at The Arctic Institute. His research and writing focuses on fisheries, natural resource developments, and US policy of the circumpolar region. Brett is the founding Executive Director of Seafood Harvesters of America, where he crafts public publicly comments affecting commercial fishermen and forges partnerships between regional fishing organizations coast-to-coast in the United States. He is also a commercial fishing captain and business owner of BV Fisheries, where he has captained his family fishing vessel in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska Peninsula, and US Arctic waters. For five summers, he competitively fished in the world’s largest commercial salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
Brett is a seasoned political advocate who served for three years as the Federal Fisheries Strategist for Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay, an unprecedented national coalition of fishermen opposed to Pebble Mine. Fluent in Spanish, Brett has lived and worked with the commercial fishing sectors in Nicaragua, Mexico and Spain. In 2015, Brett was selected as an Emerging Leader for the Arctic Frontier Conference in Tromsø, Norway. Brett is a frequent contributor to The Hill and Pacific Fishing.
He holds a Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington, where he focused on fisheries and coalition management along with Arctic marine transportation, especially through Unimak Pass and the Bering Strait. He holds undergraduate degrees in Business Leadership and Spanish from the University of Puget Sound.