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I am a third generation commercial fisherwoman with a BSc. in Biology. I have over 8 years  of experience on the water through work as a biologist, an observer and a commercial fish harvester. 

Work History

May 2017Present

Commercial Fisherwoman

Independent Contractor
  • Commercial prawn deckhand
  • Dungeness crab deckhand 
  • Live rockfish deckhand
January 2016Present


Chelsey Ellis Photography
  • Documenting the commercial fishing industry of British Columbia.
  • Creating marketing material for BC seafood.
  • Family portraits, headshots, weddings, events and product photography.
Jan 2016April 2017

Project Coordinator - Fisheries and Marine Monitoring

Ecotrust Canada-Skeena Office
  • Supported the Marine Monitoring Program Manager in administration of Area A Crab programs. 
  • Coordinating with vessel operators to ensure required Area A crab biological sampling trips are conducted. 
  • Collected biological data during 4-10 day long trips onboard Area A vessels 
Jul 2015November 2017

Social Media Manager

BC Salmon Marketing Council
  • Initiated a proposal to build out the social media platform for the BC Salmon Marketing Council.
  • Developed and implemented a content strategy to increase brand awareness, generate website traffic and cultivate leads and sales.  This role includes attending industry events, festivals and trade shows to educate and engage the public on how to access and prepare wild BC salmon.
Jun 2010Oct 2014

ThisFish Atlantic and Pacific Coordinator

Ecotrust Canada - Prince Edward Island and Vancouver Island
  • Helped execute a lobster traceability program in five small fishing communities on Prince Edward Island (2010).  This involved liaising with industry member participants, including fishers, processors and fishing organizations, to engage them in the delivery of the “ThisFish” traceability program.
  • Re-located to Vancouver Island in 2012 to take on the role of Pacific coordinator.  Worked closely with fish harvesters all over the BC coast to improve marketability.  Worked with large and small processing plants to implement and carry the program through to the market place.  
  • Worked on the Electronic Monitoring Maine Pilot Project with Ecotrust as a data analyst 

Apr 2011Jul 2012

Oyster Biologist

PEI Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development - Montague PEI
  • Conducted field and laboratory research to deliver the province’s Oyster Monitoring Program.  This position provided the PEI oyster growers with information on oyster spawning, spat fall, growth and development to assist them in the management of their operations. 
  • Worked with oyster growers to conduct biological studies testing new methods of top and bottom culture, as well as methods of controlling invasive species, fouling and predation.
  • Transporting boats. Launching and driving the oyster skiff in various sampling locations.

Sep 2009Mar 2010

At Sea Observer

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - New Bedford MA USA

 Collected catch estimation data and biological samples onboard commercial fishing vessels and was  deployed in small communities all along the Northeast coast from Maine to Virginia.



Bachelor of Science - Biology

University of New Brunswick



MED STCW Respect to Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats

Transport Canada

MED STCW Advanced Firefighting

Transport Canada

MED STCW Basic Safety Training

Transport Canada

Marine Advanced First Aid

Red Cross

Navigation Safety Level 1

Transport Canada

Simulated Electronic Navigation - Limited Training Certificate

Transport Canada

GMDSS Radio Operators Certificate-Marine Commercial

Transport Canada

Certified 200h level yoga teacher

Red Door Yoga

FSC Lead Auditor

Rainforest Alliance

Successfully completed training in executing annual internal auditing for Forest Stewardship Council certificate holders.


PADI Certified Scuba Diver


Commercial fishing is an awe inspiring and unique way of life with many benefits to the fishers, their communities and consumers. I am passionate about sharing, enhancing and preserving these values though the mediums of work and photography