Tim Visi started his marine biology career during his undergraduate studies at Kent State University when he volunteered on two field trips (1980 & 1982) to the Bahamas for lemon shark studies with Dr. "Sonny" Gruber & National Science Foundation. In 1988, he began his marine biology fieldwork career, which took him to Seattle, WA to represent NMFS & NOAA as a Marine Fisheries Observer.
(Photo above; is on deck of 1928; 65' wooden halibut schooner; in the Aleutian Islands/Gulf of Alaska; in 1995 with a 100+ year old Shortraker Rockfish).
During his 10-years, he logged over 1,200 days @ sea; with ~ 300 days, 3,000-miles offshore. He experienced intense Alaskan storms with 35' - 50' seas; nearly capsizing due to intense ice build-up in Arctic Circle; blizzards, whiteouts, ice fog; hurricane force winds & typhoons; collision from another vessel; fire & nearly abandoning ship; assisting fishermen getting air-lifted; assisting emergency treatment in 25' seas; and even a mutiny! From all these experiences he has written a book from his memoirs and is pending publication
Karacan Salkuci was born in Germany, and is a multilingual person who has lived in the United States since1961. She is a retired counselor, psychology teacher, retired faculty member of several universities, research scientist, movement meditation instructor and also trained in animal psychology. She is also an artist and a photographer.
She has worked extensively with Tim Visi at developing the SSTC System farm at the Sequim Bay, Washington location where she was directly involved with cultivar development, proprietary carrageenan extraction process, protocol development, scientific documentation review, and all photo documentation, artwork, and overall oversight of the company.