Biography of G. J. Thomas Sadler, Jr.
Tom Sadler is the Deputy Director of the Marine Fish Conservation Network, a coalition of commercial and recreational fishing associations, regional and national conservation groups, aquaria, and marine science organizations.
Sadler has an extensive history of promoting fisheries conservation through advocacy and communication and works with stakeholders on the waterfront to promote sustaining fish populations, healthy marine ecosystems, and fishing communities.
In 2008, he started The Middle River Group to provide strategic and tactical public and government relations assistance on conservation issues, especially those related to fish, wildlife and natural resources. He has also served as conservation director for the Izaak Walton League of America and director of program development for the Trust for Public Land.
Sadler most recently lead the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States.
Sadler has been involved in coalition building and grass roots organizing for much of his professional career. He has been active in creation of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners, FishNet, and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
Sadler’s volunteer activities reflect his passion for fishing, conservation and journalism. He is currently Treasurer of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and has served on the boards of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association, the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, the National Fisheries Friends Partnership, Valley Conservation Council, the Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, the Federation of Fly Fishers, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and the Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group, and on the steering committee of the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture and as the Virginia representative on Trout Unlimited’s National Leadership Council.
Sadler spent 14 years as a public affairs officer in the Unites States Navy Reserve and was honorably discharged at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire.
He is a lifelong fly fisherman, guide and instructor. He guides for Mossy Creek Fly Fishing in Harrisonburg, Virginia, specializing in the tenkara style of fly-fishing. He lives with his wife Beth and their black lab Lily in the Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley,