Legendary Outdoor Writer Shannon Tompkins

The kickoff episode of ASPN's fisheries podcast

On the inaugural episode of the Catch Curve, host Robert Jones sits down with legendary outdoor writer Shannon Tompkins to discuss the environmental, political, and policy changes he has observed over his 40-year career with the Houston Chronicle. Tompkins is a past president of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association and his reporting has won national and state awards to include the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Environmental Reporting Award, multiple Excellence in Craft awards from the Texas Outdoor Writers Association and the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and an award from the Texas bureau of The Associated Press.

Robert E. Jones

Robert is the Director of the Gulf of Mexico in the Oceans Program at Environmental Defense Fund. EDF is a global nonprofit organization with over 2 million members. Based in Austin, Robert manages a team of economists, biologists and policy experts focused on healthy fish stocks, maximum sustainable fishing opportunities and thriving coastal communities. In 2018 U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross appointed Robert to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) to provide expert counsel to the Secretary and NOAA fisheries on marine issues. Robert grew up on the coast near Corpus Christi, Texas and is an avid hunter, recreational angler and scuba diver.