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keepemwet team


Photo credit: Ian Malepeai

Photo credit: Ian Malepeai

BRYAN HUSKEY - FOUNDER

Bryan Huskey is an outdoor enthusiast inspired by the open spaces of the West. The stoic landscapes and rivers of this region create the images Bryan shares through his work as a photographer and filmmaker. He is passionate about telling stories and sharing his experiences on public lands of the west while bringing light to its precious resources. He has produced several award winning films, articles, and published images. 

Wet fish have always been a prominent feature of Bryan's photography. In 2010, he coined the phrase "keepemwet" as a way to inform other anglers/photographers about the benefits of keeping fish wet - both for survival of catch & release fish and more interesting photographs.  With the rise of social media he began tagging his C&R fish images #keepemwet.

What started as a small act of spreading awareness has quickly become popular with anglers devoted to careful handling of fish that are caught then released. Bryan now devotes his time to promoting this awareness via Keepemwet Fishing. 

 

Photo credit: Sam Weis

Photo credit: Sam Weis

PAUL MOINESTER - Development director

An avid outdoorsman and conservationist, Paul translates his passion for nature into conserving the last vestiges of wilderness. Before trucker hats and Costa sunglasses were a fixture of his wardrobe, Paul spent years wearing a suit and tie championing major conservation initiatives in Washington DC.  Inspired by Ed Abbey’s words that “It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it”, Paul abandoned his desk-bound life as a senior political aid in the U.S. House of Representatives to forge a deeper connection with the lands, waters, and fish he wished to protect. 

In 2013, Paul launched a conservation project called An Upstream Journey and spent the next six months driving 28,220 miles from the Florida Keys to Alaska and back, wading waist-deep into endangered waters and diving headfirst into documenting the threats to these invaluable resources. The issues Paul encountered and the conversations he had on drift boats and around campfires during this adventure inspired the creation of his conservation consulting firm Last Frontier Strategies.  Now based in Seattle, Paul works with Last Frontier Strategies' talented team to support conservation campaigns across the United States. 

Photo credit: Brian Bennett

DR. ANDY DANYLCHUK - SCIENCE ADVISOR

From tagging Giant Trevally on the scorching salt flats of Christmas Island to taking blood samples from Golden Dorado in the dense jungle of Argentina, Dr. Andy Danylchuk is on a personal crusade to understand and conserve fish across the planet. Equal parts scientist and fish bum, Andy is driven by an unrelenting desire to mitigate society’s impact on fish and their essential habitat.

As a professor of fish conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Andy focuses his research on the development and implementation of best practices for handling and releasing fish. A strong advocate for experiential education, Andy uses video media as a mechanism for sharing information and empowering stakeholders to make better decisions when it comes to fish and what he likes to call 'responsible angling'.

With one foot firmly planted in the research world and the other in wading boots, Andy works to bridge the information gap between the fishing industry, conservation organizations, the scientific community, and anglers. This focus has enabled Andy to take on roles such as Patagonia Ambassador, research fellow for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, board member for the Indifly Foundation, and Science and Policy Committee co-chair for the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.