An educator and boat captain with more than 30 years of experience on the water, Philip Bonang has served as proprietor of Mystic Fishing Charters in Mystic, Connecticut, since May 2004. After graduating from high school, Philip Bonang enrolled at the University of New Haven, where he studied a variety of topics in English and history and served as a student council representative and Director of Cultural Affairs. A frequent presence on the Dean’s List, Philip Bonang graduated from the University of New Haven in June 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and an overall GPA of 3.4. Philip Bonang soon laid the foundations for his career as a boat captain with the purchase of the Jane & Flora fishing vessel, a classic Eastern-rigged dragger, at a federal marshal's auction at Fall River, MA, in 1978. Devoting his time and energy to the refit and restoration of the Jane & Flora at the Rhode Island Marine Shipyard, Philip Bonang successfully engaged his vessel in the offshore scallop and ottertrawling fisheries. With the successful launch of the Jane & Flora in 1979, Philip Bonang established Jane & Flora Inc. and served as President and Master of Vessels for the next 16 years. During this period of time, Philip Bonang performed all manner of duties at Jane & Flora Inc., including management, maintenance, purchasing, and accounting. Due to his strong marketing efforts, Jane & Flora Inc. enjoyed a 25 percent increase in sales revenues. In addition to his work as Captain of the Jane & Flora and other vessels, Philip Bonang pursued graduate education at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, where for three years he fulfilled coursework toward a certificate in teaching. Maintaining a GPA of 3.5, Philip Bonang also completed an internship in business and technical writing and earned his teaching certificate for grades 7 through 12 in June 1990. Following graduation, Philip Bonang landed a position as Technical Communications Instructor at the State of Connecticut Electric Boat, where he taught a range of courses for four-plus years. Philip Bonang later went on to serve as Marine Technology Instructor at the Sound School Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center in New Haven. At the Sound School, he was appointed to write the Connecticut State Department of education aquaculture high school business and career curriculum as well as the first comprehensive marine technology curriculum.