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Executive Director Transition

Updated: Oct 11, 2022

Jerry Dzugan, AMSEA Executive Director
Jerry Dzugan, AMSEA Executive Director

Executive Director, Jerry Dzugan, has announced that he will be stepping away from the helm at AMSEA this coming January. After thirty-six years, Jerry looks forward to teaching more, developing marine safety curricula, and spending more quality time with his sailboat, S/V Wyldewind.

In the meantime, AMSEA's board of directors has begun its search for a new executive director. In the words of Board Chair, Julie Matweyou, the board is "seeking an individual who is committed to and passionate about the mission, core values and longevity of our organization." Those interested in applying for the position of Executive Director can get additional information at

During Jerry's tenure as executive director, AMSEA has developed U.S. Coast Guard-accepted curricula that has been taught to hundreds of marine safety instructors and more than 20,000 fishing vessel drill conductors, in classes on every U.S. coast. Hundreds of fishermen have used the skills learned to keep themselves and their crewmates safe in vessel disasters and other emergencies at sea. AMSEA looks forward to continuing in its role as the leading marine safety education organization for commercial fishermen.


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