Heather McCarty has a professional background in state and federal government relations and advocacy, marine research management, public relations and education, collaborative ocean policy development, seafood marketing and sales, commercial fishing, advertising, aquaculture policy development, marine resource conservation, seafood product development, video and print production, fisheries journalism, public speaking and teaching.
In 1996, Heather moved from commercial salmon fishing and private non-profit salmon aquaculture to a mid-sized seafood company involved in salmon processing and harvesting and processing pollock and other groundfish in Alaska. In 1998, Heather began representing the association of mid-water pollock catcher/processors, dealing with state and federal agencies, the Alaska Legislature and Alaskan fishing communities and organizations.
In December 2001, Heather began McCarty and Associates in Juneau, Alaska. The group’s current major clients include the Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association, a Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) group on St. Paul Island; the Kodiak Salmon Work Group; and a seafood company specializing in halibut and sablefish. Heather is a pivotal member of the Mariculture Task Force.