Our professional leadership
With a lifetime of experience, Terri Lei Beideman is our Executive Director.
The United States Seafood Industry Association is professionally managed under the leadership of Executive Director Terri Lei Beideman. Terri has a lifetime of experience in the commercial fishing arena, beginning with her co-ownership of the F/V Terri Lei in the 1980s and 1990s. Prior to founding USSIA, Terri was Executive Director of Blue Water Fishermen’s Association — a trade association, founded by her late husband Capt. Nelson “Hammer” Beideman, that represents the Atlantic pelagic longline fishery for swordfish and tunas. She joined USSIA to bring about greater change to U.S. fisheries policy.
Terri is the current Chair of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, or MAFAC, which advises the Secretary of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. She also serves on the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel, the Atlantic Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Team, and the Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review pool.
Terri also has experience in the administration of fisheries contract and grant research projects. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of projects in the early 2000s that established the high efficacy of the use of circle-style hooks in reucing harm to incidentally-caught sea turtles. Following Nelson’s death, she founded the Nelson R. Beideman Center for Responsible Fisheries, a charitable organization, that is dedicated to researching, recognizing, fostering, and promoting responsible fisheries practices.
Terri is a leading, and very vocal, advocate for America’s fisheries, emphasizing the practices that make America’s seafood the most sustainable, and responsibly harvested seafood in the world.