Our Advisors

Our advisors are diversely skilled and passionate about the Fish Northwest mission. We lean on them regularly for their constructive feedback and technical guidance.

Tony Floor
Tony is a 40-year plus year veteran of developing and promoting sport salmon fishing in Washington. He began his career in 1977 in the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Public Affairs Office as the spokesman for the department. Tony was very involved in the annual salmon season setting process and participated as an advisor to the Sport Salmon Advisory Board. He retired from the agency after serving 30 years. Tony went on to work for the Northwest Marine Trade Association in Seattle, producers of the Seattle Boat Show for 14 years as Director of Fishing Affairs and continued his activism to promote sport salmon fishing. He also created and managed the Northwest Salmon Derby Series. Today, he is the current Saltwater Editor of the Salmon & Steelhead Journal.

George Harris
President/CEO, Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA)

Jim Lawson
Jim is the owner of a heating company, a propane company and a fishing charter business. He helped start the San Juan Islands Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers (PSA), and served as President for two years. He started the Resurrection Derby to raise money for salmon enhancement as well as involving the chapter volunteering at the Orcas hatchery clipping fish. Jim started a 501.(c)(3) non profit charity with the Friday Harbor Salmon Classic to raise money for Salmon For Soldiers to help get veterans out on the water. Jim Grew up in upstate New York and caught his first salmon at age 13 fishing local rivers. He then moved to Missouri where he graduated from high school and enlisted in the Navy and was deployed for the Desert Shield/Storm conflict. After an honorable discharge from the military he settled down in Friday Harbor, WA.  Jim believes in standing up for what is right not only in his businesses but also for the people who find their solace in being out on the water fishing and sharing it with friends, family, and veterans.

Gage Little
Owner of G. Little Construction, Gage is a member of PSA (East Jefferson County) and MA6/9 advisor to WDFW on the Puget Sound Salmon Advisory Group (PSSAG). He is a passionate angler from Marine Area 9 (Port Townsend), fishing for salmon in his home waters of MA6/7/9 as well as tuna fishing in MA2/3/4.

Nello Picinich
Nello is the Executive Director of CCA Washington. He was born and raised in Seattle and is a lifelong resident of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. As the Executive Director of CCA Washington, he has been involved in regional, state and federal fisheries issues for over a decade. 

Curt Smitch
Retired in 2002 after 22 years of public service, Curt’s roles included: assistant director in the Department of Fisheries, director of the WA Department of Wildlife, special assistant for natural resources for WA Gov. Booth Gardner, assistant regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, chair of the Pacific Salmon Commission, special assistant for natural resources for WA Gov. Gary Locke and chairman of the governor’s Joint Natural Resources Cabinet.

Steve Stout
Retired in 2020 after 43 years of public service, Steve was the WDFW Hatchery Operations and Reform Manager for Region 4 North. In that role, Steve worked with co-managers and NOAA to obtain the Hatchery and Genetic Management Plan (HGMP) for the hatcheries in Region 4 and also worked to increase production of hatchery fish and integrated wild fish stocks. He is an avid sportsmen from the time he could walk, enjoying fishing for salmon, steelhead, lingcod, halibut, trout, shrimp and crab.

Art Tachell
Art is a technician at Point Defiance Marina and passionate angler from Marine Area 11 (Tacoma). He is a PSA member (Gig Harbor), CCA member, advisor to NW Salmon Research, advisor to WDFW on the Puget Sound Recreational Enhancement Fund oversight committee and MA11 advisor to WDFW on the Puget Sound Salmon Advisory Group (PSSAG).