L. Mark Weeks is the Managing Partner of the Tokyo office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, as well as leader of the firm’s Global Japan Practice. Born in Alaska and raised in Idaho, Mark has been an avid fly angler since childhood. He has fished six times for Siberian taimen in Mongolia, once for Siberian taimen in Russia, where he caught a world record taimen on 8kg tippet, and several times for searun taimen (hucho perryi or ito) in Hokkaido, Japan. In addition to his work with The Taimen Fund, Mark represents the Wild Salmon Center in connection their efforts to protect searun taimen in Japan’s Sarufutsu River, one of the last major undammed rivers in Japan. In 2009, Mark assisted with the preparation and negotiation of a ground breaking agreement to create the 2,660 hectare Sarufutsu Environmental Conservation Forest that protects the entire river, from the ito’s spawning beds to the estuary where they live for most of their lives. Mark also represents Ocean Outcomes, an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable commercial fishing in the world's oceans. 

Email Mark: mark@taimenfund.org