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Until her retirement in 2015, Michele Longo Eder was an attorney whose practice includes an emphasis in marine and fisheries law. For the past 30 years, Ms. Eder has lived on the Oregon coast, representing families and small businesses.
In partnership with her husband, Robert “Bob” Eder, Ms. Eder is a shareholder in Argos, Inc. and owner-operators of a commercial fishing vessel. Using species-specific "pot" gear, Mr. Eder and his crew catch Dungeness crab and sablefish, a deep-water groundfish. Their vessel also engages in collaborative scientific ocean research with state and federal agencies and universities.
Ms. Eder is a member of the NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee and the Groundfish Advisory Panel to the Pacific Fishery Management Council. She is a former commissioner and vice chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission (2004-2012), member of the North Pacific Research Board (2005-2012), and member of the Public Policy Committee of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (2006-2012).
Ms. Eder has published articles regarding the seafood industry, including those related to fisheries management, fishing vessel safety, and ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty. Ms. Eder published her first book, “Salt in Our Blood: The Memoir of a Fisherman’s Wife,” in 2008.
She is an active member of her community, currently serving as a volunteer with the Newport Food Pantry and as a board member with the Newport Library Foundation.
Ms. Eder earned her bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1976 and her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1979.