The Sportfishing Association of California (SAC) was founded in 1972 by industry leaders speaking out on behalf of their interests. SAC works with several agencies and stakeholders, including the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, United States Coast Guard, Navy, National Marine Fisheries Service, Federal Communications Commission, Congress, California Legislature, and the Mexican Government. SAC employees serve on multiple advisory panels in the state and federal arena, and represent industry interests on a variety of topics.
Ken Franke has been President of SAC since 2009. Prior to this, he completed a 29-year law enforcement career at the San Diego Harbor Police. Ken has also been a Captain for over 35-years owning several charter vessels. Ken has participated in extensive cooperative marine research projects focusing on: ROV operations, AUV development, multi beam mapping, water quality studies, and fisheries surveys.
Ken recently completed 6-years as an advisor to the NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee and is currently Chairman of the San Diego Port Tenants Association. Much of Ken's current work is focused on developing cross border tourism to benefit the recreational maritime communities both in Mexico and the U.S. He continues to maintain partnerships with NOAA, CADFW, USCG to foster communication with the marine industry.
Steve worked for the California Department of Fish and Game for 38 years. He was invloved with the live bait fleet, commercial mackerel/sardine fleet, rockfish life history program, Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program, recreational angler catch program, and co-chaired the Highly Migratory Species Plan Development Team for the Pacific Fishery Management Council.
Currently, Steve provides biological assistance to SAC for both State and Federally managed fisheries.
Captain Buzz Brizendine is a life-long fisherman who is well respected throughout the marine community.
Buzz is well-known for being a leader when it comes to reasonable resolutions to issues. He is currently an Executive Board Member of the Sportfishing Association of California.
With over three decades of service to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Captain Don Hansen is a life-long participant in marine fisheries off the coast of California. The owner of Dana Wharf Sportfishing since 1971, and serving as a member of many state and national fishery boards, Don is hailed by colleagues as a conciliator who has fostered open dialogue and understanding between scientists, managers, and fishing communities.
Don is a member of the Executive Board of the Sportfishing Association of California. Don is a noteworthey leader, working along side his son and daughter Donna Kalez and Mike Hansen, in the area of promoting childrens fishing programs.
Alayna has been involved with SAC since 2012, initially as a graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography UCSD, where she researched the kelp bass fishery. She utilizes her scientific and fisheries management background to coordinate communication efforts between the fleet, local, state, and federal governing agencies.
Alayna also conducts scientific and socio-economic studies for SAC which involve engagement with stakeholders at all levels. Prior to graduate school, Alayna spent six years managing several commercial fisheries in British Columbia, Canada, and internationally.
Louie is a SAC advisor and is a member of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council. He started his fishing career after graduating from San Diego State, as a deckhand with the fleet, going on to be a captain and owner of one of the SAC boats. He served as Captain of the Robert Gordon Sproul of Scripps Institution of Oceanography for 23 years. Upon retirement from SIO, he began his career in fisheries management.