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Passionfish Executive Director Promoted to US Army Colonel

Tacoma, WA — October 30, 2003

Passionfish Executive Director Carl Rebstock was promoted today by the United States Army Reserve to the rank of Colonel. He had served as a Lieutenant Colonel since 1999. His present assignment is in support of Operation Noble Eagle as the Area Coordinator for the Puget Sound Federal Coordinating Center (FCC).  This is one of six Army FCCs organized under the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS).  The nationwide FCC network consists of civilian and military hospitals linked together voluntarily to provide a safety net should the medical capacity of a community ever be overcome. In his 22-year army career, Carl has served stateside and overseas in various capacities as an aeromedical evacuation pilot and emergency medical planner. 

It was while Carl served in Alaska as a DUSTOFF pilot for the 283rd Medical Detachment that he witnessed from the cockpit of his Huey (UH-1V) helicopter the vast oil spill from Exxon Valdez.

He left active duty to attend graduate school at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where his research in bioremediation led to accelerated microbial cleanup of Prince William Sound. He then accepted a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration during which he worked as an international marine policy analyst for the Oceanographer of the Navy in Washington, D.C.  Eventually, Carl landed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a marine science educator. In 2000, he joined Patricia Parisi and Andrew Spurgin in establishing Passionfish.

After the events of September 11, 2001, Carl was called back into active duty.

“Like all reservists, I face the challenges of balancing both a military and a civilian career,” says Colonel Carl. “But, it’s exciting to me — as an adrenaline junkie — to be able to live two lives in one.”

“It may surprise some people that the Department of Defense (DOD) is working hard to ensure its installations become more environmentally sustainable,” says Colonel Carl. “The prospect of introducing sustainable seafood to the enormous food procurement network used by DOD is something that I plan to explore.”


About us: Passionfish is for people passionate about the ocean, fishing, and seafood! We are a nonprofit public education project actively promoting sustainable wild fisheries and aquaculture. Founded in 2000, Passionfish has developed an innovative approach for addressing seafood and fisheries sustainability: forums that reveal common ground amid contention, celebrations of seafood, broadcasts that build awareness, and a unique book series aimed at inspiring adults and children about ocean and seafood sustainability.