Pelagic Data Systems was founded in 2014 in San Francisco, California to bring a technologists’ approach to the ocean management space.

We are raising the global standard for vessel tracking by bringing custom-made technology and data analytics in the form of an affordable, accessible, and rugged solution to the 95% of the global fishing vessels currently lacking access to any data collection platform.



Our team brings together entrepreneurs with telecommunications, hardware, software, science, and operational expertise who have developed a deep understanding of the fishing industry. The Pelagic Data Systems team is united in our passion for building a business that helps support the livelihoods of a tenth of the world’s population and the sustainability of our shared environmental resources.


Dave Solomon


Dave is a lifelong entrepreneur with over 18 years of experience developing and implementing technology-based solutions for complex problems.

As a Co-Founder and CEO of PDS, he sets the strategic direction, leads product development, and manages the organization. Dave is driven by his belief that technology can be used to help solve social and environmental problems.

Melissa Garren, PhD

COO & Chief Scientist

Melissa is a marine biologist who specializes in the intersection of technology and marine conservation. She has extensive experience working with local communities and diverse groups of stakeholders to effect positive change on issues of artisanal fishery sustainability and nearshore water quality.

At PDS, she is responsible for running the daily operations, providing scientific leadership and aligning the company's technology development programs with the needs of both the ecosystems and the communities dependent on them.  She holds a B.S. from Yale University, and M.S. and Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and completed postdoctoral work at MIT in the application of cutting-edge technologies to marine conservation solutions.


Louise Hilsen

Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility

Drawing on more than 40 years of experience, Louise is a veteran legislative advocate and strategist who has built a career confronting some of the world’s toughest social and environmental issues in food supply chains. Her professional experiences range from Capitol Hill where she held a number of senior positions, including chief of staff, communications director and legislative director, for several members of the U.S. House of Representatives and served as deputy executive director of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform to working to enhance accountability in agricultural supply chains as a senior executive.

Prior to joining PDS, Louise was the vice president of government relations for Nestlé USA, where she ensured the coordination of Nestlé’s legislative and regulatory initiatives across U.S. business units to work towards the elimination of child labor in the cocoa supply chain. She offers a deep understanding of the ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) challenges and issues that surround international food supply chains as well as issues that are at the heart of ensuring fair and safe labor, enabling environmentally sustainable practices, and supporting the long-term health and wellness of local communities’ dependent on these supply chains. At PDS, she works to amplify the positive environmental and social impacts that we make in coastal communities around the globe.

Spyros Kouvelis

Vice President – PDS Europe

An economist by training, Spyros has worked in sustainable development, investment and environmental issues, leading and collaborating with various programmes including the United Nations Environmental Program, WWF in Greece/Europe and headed the Mediterranean Programme of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. After a period in politics, during which he was elected twice in the Greek Parliament and held the vice-minister position in economic, environmental and energy foreign affairs, Spyros currently works on projects that link governance, finance and sustainability. Spyros holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Athens and an MSc in Agricultural/Environmental Economics from the University of Reading and is fluent in four languages.



Operations & Finance Manager

Born and raised near the Chesapeake Bay, Anna has always had a passion for the water. After studying Business Administration at the University of Colorado, Anna pursued her passion for working with small businesses and start-ups, focusing on process development and streamlining for scaling.

After five years in the design and production industry, she began to focus her skillset toward ensuring a more sustainable future. At PDS, Anna ensures smooth logistics throughout the supply chain and utilizes creative problem-solving to facilitate an efficient and productive experience for both our internal team and our external partners and clients. She’s thrilled to be working with Pelagic Data Systems to help put technology in the service of humanity and the environment.

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Christina Deligianni

Director of Operations – PDS Europe

Christina has over 15 years of experience in public affairs and business development. She has worked with the public and private sectors, including numerous positions ranging from the Hellenic Parliament and diplomatic missions to prominent multinational businesses. Through her career, she has promoted extensively sustainable development and technologies and managed a long list of publications and events.

Christina holds an MA from the University of Chicago, and a BA from the University of Athens.

Daniel Suchomel

Director of Field Operations

Daniel focuses on product development and implementation. He is inspired by seeing first-hand the impact of these technologies in the local communities.

With a diverse background combining North American, Latin American, and European experience across several functional areas, Daniel is well-qualified to advise on both global strategy and local implementation. Before joining PDS, Daniel managed the implementation of traceability technology in Latin America as a head of infrastructure for a global seafood traceability company. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering Degree, and is fluent in four languages. 


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We're always looking for smart people to help bring new products to life. If you're interested in creating products that will make a real difference in the world, contact us.