East Boothbay, Maine
Captain Barry Gibson has been charter fishing and guiding out of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, since 1971, when he bought his first passenger boat, the Sasanoa. Since then he has owned a succession of boats all named Shark, a tribute to Joe Russell, a Key West charter captain who guided Ernest Hemingway (and whose boat was named Shark) that Barry fished with in 1967. Along with chartering, Gibson spent 27 years with Salt Water Sportsman magazine, 22 of those as Editor (1982-2004). A long-time proponent of responsible fishery management, he has served on numerous state, federal, and international boards, including the New England Fishery Management Council (three 3-year terms, Chairman 1992), and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Advisory Committee. He currently serves as Chairman of the NEFMC Recreational Advisory Panel, as vice-president of the Northeast Charterboat Captains Association (which he co-founded in 1988), as a member of the Boothbay Port Committee, and serves as the New England Regional Director for the Recreational Fishing Alliance. He has appeared as Guest Pro on numerous TV fishing shows including “George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing,” and has been the New England co-host for the SWS National Seminar Series for many years.